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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 28 November 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 28 NOVEMBER 2015 25 SPORT Olympiakos humbled by Bayern Greek champion loses 4-nil in Munich A 10-man Bayern Munich has ensured progression through to the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League after piling on four goals against a lacklustre Olympiakos in the Bavarian capital. The devastating display was over within 20 minutes after Douglas Costa, Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Mueller all got on the score sheet, with Kingsley Coman adding a fourth midway through the second half. The reigning Greek champion struggled to get into the match, despite winning its preceding three group-stage matches, mustering 36 per cent possession and 11 fewer shots than the German side. Olympiakos couldn't take advantage of its extra man on the park, after Holger Badstuber fouled Ideye Brown in the 53rd minute, and must now A hapless Marco Silva during his side’s 4-nil drubbing to Bayern Munich. PHOTO: AP PHOTO/ KERSTIN JOENSSON. Greek football in turmoil after Derby blow Panathinaikos fans light flares as police and security enter the pitch at Apostolos Nikolaides stadium. PHOTO: AP PHOTO/YORGOS KARAHALIS. manage a result against its next opponent - English side Arsenal - next month to ensure progression through to the knockout round of the competition. Reds coach Marco Silva acknowledged his side wasn't at the top of its game against the German giants. "It is a heavy defeat but if you want to challenge such an amazing team you have to be the top of your game," he said. "We weren't tonight. We did not fight as much as we should have. So we now have to get a result in our final game [against Arsenal]." The Gunners managed a 3-nil home win against Dinamo Zagreb, which leaves them three points behind Olympiakos. The two sides meet at Georgios Karaiskakis stadium on 10 December (AEDT) in a do-or-die clash for both clubs. Sydney Swans recruit in hot water after social media activity Tyrone Leonardis apologises after ‘liking’ anti-Adam Goodes pages on Facebook Fresh from being picked up at number 51 in the AFL draft, Tyrone Leonardis has found himself red-faced after liking social media pages on Facebook in February that criticised club legend Adam Goodes. The pages in question were 'Adam Goodes for Flog of the Year' and 'Adam Goode's [sic] for wanker of the year'. The Victorian had to apologise to the club after it found out about his faux pas. "I'm extremely sorry for my actions and it is something that I have already learnt a great deal from," Leonardis told the club's website. "I am grateful to have been selected by the Swans and I can't wait to get up to Sydney to start pre-season training." Panathinaikos, Olympiakos clash cancelled after flare-related injury Last weekend's scheduled Panathinaikos, Olympiakos derby was cancelled prior to kick-off after local fans at the Apostolos Nikolaidis stadium threw flares, injuring Reds striker Alfred Finnbogason. The player was struck an hour-and-a-half before kickoff, sending the scheduled game into chaos after referee Andreas Pappas called the game off, leading to clashes between fans and police, resulting in 16 arrests and three police injuries. The events prompted Panathinaikos president Yiannis Alafouzos to tender his resignation and threaten to pull the club out of the league. Alafouzos and the club called on Greens' supporters to rally on Wednesday after he blamed Pappas' decision for the violent clashes that ensued. In a statement the club said: "The totally wrong and inexplicable decision of Andreas Pappas to postpone the start of the game led the board to the unanimous decision to send a call to the club’s fans to make a peaceful rally on Wednesday, November 25 at 4.00 pm outside our historic stadium with the motto: WE CAN'T TAKE ANYMORE!" "Our wish is to protest the situation in Greek football and for the failure of the state to address the phenomena of lawlessness." The Super League will now consider its options, with Olympiakos, already sitting eight points clear of Panathinaikos at the top of the Greek Super League, likely to receive the three points from the game. Asteras and PAOK lose all Europa League hopes Sydney recruit Tyrone Leonardis. The gaffe adds to a list of controversies involving twotime Premiership player and Brownlow Medallist Goodes, PHOTO: TWITTER/@SYDNEYSWANS. who retired at the end of last season after a year that had been marred by crowd booing. Asteras Tripolis and PAOK lost even the mathematical hopes they had to advance in the Europa League, both failing to score any goals in the games they played on Thursday for the fifth round of games of the competition's group stage. Asteras lost 1-nil at Sparta Prague after a rather disappointing performance and remained without a point on the road in Europe. The Peloponnesians needed at least a draw to stay alive in the group, but a goal by Jakub Brabec in the 33rd minute sealed their fate in the Czech capital. PAOK remained winless in the group stage, failing to beat even its Azeri visitor on Thursday, as it drew 0-0 with Qabala in Thessaloniki. The match marked the second goalless draw for the Black-and-whites in five days. Notably, when Dimitar Berbatov was substituted by PAOK coach Igor Tudor in the 71st minute he went straight to the locker room.
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