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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 7 November 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 7 NOVEMBER 2015 27 SPORT Top-of-table clash headlines A-League round five, two games remain Sydney FC, Brisbane Roar played off last night, FFA Cup final splits remainder of round Felipe Pardo celebrates his second goal against Dinamo Zagreb. PHOTO: AP/PETROS GIANNAKOURIS. Olympiakos on verge of qualification Greek champion defeats Dinamo Zagreb in Piraeus An early goal didn’t deter Olympiakos as it went on to claim a 2-1 victory against Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb in their Champions League clash at Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium on Thursday. Armin Hodzic gave the visitors the advantage early courtesy of a header in the 21st minute - his goal coming after defender Josip Pivaric spotted him after making a run down the left. The home side struggled to compose itself in the first half, and Dinamo stood up at the back for almost an hour. But Olympiakos earned a penalty after Ideye Brown was fouled early in the second half, only to see Kostas Fortounis’ attempt saved by Eduardo in the 54th minute. Coach Marco Silva brought on Felipe Pardo in the 64th minute, and his decision paid immediate dividends, with the forward drawing the home-side level one minute later with his first touch. A second Pardo goal in the dying seconds of the game gave Olympiakos the three points. An ecstatic Silva praised his troops on their relentlessness following the match. “The position we’re in now is the result of hard work,” he said. “Felipe Pardo did very well for the 25 minutes after he came off the bench. “But today’s result is a team effort. The team kept its composure and conducted itself well throughout the game, even before Pardo came on.” With the victory, Olympiakos sits second in its group, on equal footing with leader Bayern Munich on nine points, after the German side dismantled Arsenal 5-1 in Germany. Dinamo and the English side sit on three points in third and fourth spot respectively, meaning Olympiakos requires a solitary point from its two remaining matches to progress through to the final 16. The Greek side next faces Bayern Munich in Germany on November 25. Greece takes gold at Gymnastics Championships Two games remain for this weekend's A-League round five clashes, after Adelaide United hosted Melbourne City on Thursday night, last night's top-of-the-table clash between Sydney FC and Brisbane Roar, and with Melbourne Victory and Perth to fight it out tonight in the FFA Cup final. On Thursday City managed a decisive 4-2 victory over bottom-of-the-table Adelaide United in Adelaide. The away side got off to a blistering start, going into halftime 2-nil up. Erik Paartalu got the scoring under way early, heading a ball into the back of the net on the back of an Aaron Mooy corner in the eighth minute. Mooy then got onto the score sheet 10 minutes before half-time, scoring off the crossbar. An all-too-familiar scoreline for City, which went down 3-2 to Newcastle last week after being 2-nil ahead at halftime. Enter Uruguayan Bruno Fornaroli, who had a couple of good opportunities early in the second half before converting a Harry Novillo pass in the 56th minute, and then doubled his influence 15 minutes later after again combining with Novillo. The home side managed a couple of goals of its own, but both only managed to peg the deficit back to two goals - with Sergio Cirio and Pablo Sanchez scoring in the 66th and 85th minutes respectively. Today Newcastle takes on the Western Sydney Wanderers at home, and Central Coast Mariners host Wellington tomorrow afternoon. Newcastle Jets v Western Sydney Wanderers, Hunter Stadium, Saturday 5.15 pm (AEDT) Newcastle has managed two big wins in as many weeks against both Melbourne sides. Last week's confidence boosting 3-2 victory over Melbourne City - after going into halftime 2-nil down - will give it a big boost coming into this round. A win will ensure the Jets remain in check around the top of the table. The side welcomes back Leonardo from knee soreness, and has promoted Andy Brennan and Andrew Pawiak. Its opponent Western Syd- ney sits just outside the topsix and victory could (momentarily) throw it into the mix. Last week's 1-nil victory over Perth at home got it off the mark with its first for the season. The Wanderers welcome back Romeo Castelen from injury and have promoted Joshua Macdonald. Central Coast Mariners v Wellington Phoenix, Central Coast Stadium, Sunday 5.00 pm (AEDT) This weekend's football will be played out tomorrow afternoon, with both sides suffering big losses last week. Central Coast lost 3-1 at home to Sydney FC, whilst Wellington endured a 3-nil thumping at the hands of Melbourne Victory on Melbourne Cup eve. The home side has won once this season, whilst Wellington is at two wins and two losses from four starts. The Mariners have promoted Matthew Sim, Eddy Bosnar and Brian Jamba to their squad, while Wellington has promoted Justin Gulley, Troy Danaskos and Alex Rufer to its playing list. The round's remaining match between Perth Glory and Melbourne Victory will be played on December 16, at NIB Stadium. The game has been delayed as a result of the two sides facing off in the FFA Cup final tonight. Eleftherios Petrounias after winning gold in Glasgow. Eleftherios Petrounias caps off a successful 2015 with a win in Scotland Greek gymnast Eleftherios Petrounias has confirmed his place on Greece’s Olympic team at Rio 2016 after winning gold at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow last week. The 25-year-old added to his 2015 achievements - which PHOTO: AP/MATTHIAS SCHRADER. include gold at the European Championships and the European Games - after managing 15,800 points in the still rings event ahead of Chinese pair Hao You and Yang Liu respectively. The event was held at the SSE Hydro Arena. Melbourne City’s Bruno Fornaroli and Harry Novillo celebrate a goal against Adelaide United. PHOTO: AAP IMAGE/DAVID MARIUZ.
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