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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 7 November 2015
28 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 7 NOVEMBER 2015 SPORT Page 25 South Womens and South Mens clubs to join together in super club Besart Berisha will be one player Perth will be aiming to stop. PHOTO: AAP IMAGE/TRACEY NEARMY. Page 26 Hume City’s undercover man steps out DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM ISSN 1321-1676 9 771321 167062 Panionios prepares to pounce on Platanias High-flying Athens club seeks sixth win GEORGIOS HATZIMANOLIS Nea Smyrni club Panionios could jump into second place in the Greek Super League today with a win at home against ninth-placed Platanias. A victory for Panionios to- day, which is currently fourth on 16 points, would momentarily see it leapfrog AEK and Panathinaikos. Perth looking to make amends in final Victory, Glory to face off in FFA Cup final tonight Perth Glory failed in its bid to garner hosting rights for the FFA Cup final, but the West Australian side will be out to make amends for its failure to take out the Cup last year in the final against Adelaide. In the second rendition of the newly-formed competition, powerhouse Melbourne Victory - having already won last season’s A-League championship - will be eager to add this to its trophy cabinet and further consolidate its spot as the country's biggest club. The game, to be held at AAMI Park tonight, will kickoff at 7.30 pm in front of what the FFA will be hoping will be a big crowd. In the A-League, Victory finds itself in fourth spot, after two wins, one draw and one loss, whilst Glory is dwindling around the bottom of the table in eighth, mustering one win from its four starts. The one to watch for Perth is Victory striker Besart Berisha, who has found the back of the net in every round of the FFA Cup this season. But the club is experienced in the competition, after making the final last year. The semi-final round saw Perth defeat Melbourne City 3-1, whilst Victory defeated Victorian side Hume City 3-nil at AAMI Park. Asteras defeats APOEL, PAOK loses in Russia PAOK’s loss makes next round victory essential to qualify out of its group After defeating Asteras Tripolis 2-1 in Nicosia last month, the Cypriot side could not produce the same result in Tripoli yesterday, going down 2-nil despite dominating possession. The Greek side was quick off the mark, courtesy of midfielder Facundo Bertoglio in the second minute, and consolidated its win when Apostolos Giannou - on whom Neos Kosmos recently reported - doubled their lead in the first minute of extra time in the first half. The score would re- main for the rest of the match. APOEL managed to control the ball 65 per cent of the time, was gifted five corners and conjured up a total of 628 passes (to its opponent's 224), but it wasn't enough, with Asteras doubling APOEL's total attempts 12-6. The result sees Asteras leapfrog APOEL in third place, on four points, the Cypriot sides remains on three, whilst group leaders Schalke and Sparta Praha are on eight and six points respectively, with two matches remaining for each team. Asteras next takes on Sparta Praha on November 27 in the Czech Republic, whilst APOEL takes on Schalke in went down 2-1 to Krasnodar in Russia. The local side looked as if it would seal the victory with a clean sheet, but PAOK midfielder Robert Mak scored a consolation for his side in the first minute of extra time in the second half. PAOK’s Robert Mak in action against Krasnodar. PHOTO: EPA/YURI KOCHETKOV. Germany on the same day. In the other match involving a Greek side, PAOK fell further away from qualification out of the group stage after it The Russian side beat PAOK in most statistical aspects, controlling the ball 55 per cent of the time and mustering four more attempts on goal than its opponent. PAOK now sits four points behind Krasnodar in third sport in its group with two games remaining. It next hosts Azerbaijani side Qabala FC in Thessaloniki on November 27. The high-flying Athens club scored its fifth win of the season last week with an impressive 2-nil away victory at Levadiakos. Panionios' opponent Platanias is also coming off a win, a 2-1 victory against Kalloni last week. The fixtures continue with Kalloni against Xanthi, followed by the match of the day when Atromitos, led by new coach Traianos Dellas, takes on Panathinaikos, which goes into the game without a permanent head coach following the resignation of Yiannis Anastasiou. Anastasiou terminated his contract with the club in a mutual decision last week, following a stint of underperforming results that has seen PAO drop eight points behind rival and league leader Olympiakos. Following Sunday's draw against AEK, supporters of the home side loudly voiced their disapproval toward the team, the manager, and even owner Yiannis Alafouzos. Anastasiou had been Panathinaikos' coach since May 2013 - during his two-anda-half-year stint the team claimed the Greek cup in 2014. In last Sunday's game PAO and AEK played out a scoreless draw with both sides rarely looking like scoring. The closest PAO came to breaking the deadlock was through Swedish striker Marcus Berg, whose shot hit the bar. AEK, led for the first time by new coach Gus Poyet, was satisfied with the draw, although things could have been different if Venezuelan Ronald Vargas had scored his early opportunity. The result suited neither team in their quest to catch runaway leader and reigning champion Olympiakos, which managed a decisive 2-nil victory at Veria 24 hours earlier. The Piraeus club's 100 per cent record means it has collected 27 points and is eight points clear of Panathinaikos. Olympiakos will try to make it 10-from-10 tomorrow when it hosts Iraklis, which is currently twelfth with just 10 points. Meanwhile, AEK faces a tough home game against Asteras Tripolis. The two sides are separated by just two points, with AEK on 17 and Asteras on 15. The game at the Athens Olympic Stadium tomorrow night will be coach Poyet's first match in charge in front of AEK's vocal supporters. Also on Sunday, sixth-placed PAOK should have an easy afternoon against bottom-ofthe-table Panthrakikos, giving the Thessaloniki club a chance to climb a few positions. The tenth round's other two games are Levadiakos against Veria and Panetolikos versus Giannina. AEK’s new coach Gus Poyet instructs his players against Panathinaikos last week. PHOTO: AP PHOTO/YORGOS KARAHALIS.
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