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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 20 February 2016
SPORT 24 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 20 FEBRUARY 2016 Roberto error costs Olympiakos game in Belgium Olympiakos did not do itself any justice, leaving Brussels with a 1-nil loss to Anderlecht, needing a win next week in Piraeus to make the last 16 of the Europa League. For most of the game in Belgium on Thursday, Olympiakos had control of the flow and it appeared that sooner or later the Reds would make their supremacy count. It was just nine minutes into the game when Brown Ideye had the Greeks' biggest chance in the match as his effort ended up at the woodwork. Anderlecht had its own chances but Olympiakos goalkeeper Roberto responded well on four occasions. However, it was the Spaniard's error halfway into the second half that gifted Anderlecht its only goal. He failed to handle a corner kick properly and Kara Mbodji made no mistake in front of an open goal to become the hero for the Belgians. For the rest of the game Olympiakos appeared affected by the goal it had conceded, Anderlecht sat back to hold on to the result, and it was the host who celebrated after the 90 minutes. "That was an unlucky night for us, the result does not reflect our picture in the game," commented Olympiakos manager Marco Silva. Blues brought back to earth After some early hope, Carlton has reverted to form and slumped to a 21-point (53-32) loss to Hawthorn in the opening match of the AFL pre-season in Launceston. The Blues led the Hawks by two goals late in the second quarter, but it proved to be a false dawn as a quick run by the premiers snatched the lead back and did not relinquish it for the rest of the night. Last season's wooden-spooners looked outclassed as the Hawks ran through the defence with relative ease, including an end-to-end major that saw the ball handpassed 12 times before finding goalscorer Sam Mitchell. DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Spotlight on two inter-city match-ups Panathinaikos hosts PAOK in Athens, while Iraklis entertains AEK in Thessaloniki Week 23 of the Greek Super League will feature two all-important Athens versus Thessaloniki contests as Panthinaikos hosts PAOK, while Iraklis takes on AEK. Iraklis, fresh off its impres- sive nil-1 win against rival PAOK in the Thessaloniki derby last week, will be looking to continue its impressive run of late as it makes a final push for the play-offs. The Thessaloniki side is currently eighth, five points off fifth-placed PAOK. A win against AEK would go a long way towards helping Iraklis edge closer to the teams above it. AEK also goes into the game brimming with confidence following its 1-nil win against league leader Olympiakos last week. AEK ended Olympiakos' un- defeated run 22 games thanks to a Ronald Vargas goal in the 78th minute, when he struck home the rebound after Diego Buonanotte's pen- Heidelberg celebrates its heritage at new season launch The past and present of the Heidelberg United Football club came together last Saturday evening at Stars International in Preston, when the club held its Inaugural Hall of Fame event together with its new season launch. The social event gave guests the chance to honour the club’s heritage and launch the new season, with the current playing group mingling with past players and officials. The evening featured a Hall of Fame Video with great archival photos of players and teams from the earliest years of the club, which was founded in 1958. Also present was FFV president Kimon Taliadoros, who presented long-serving Heidelberg United president John Dimtsis with the FFV Life Member award. FFV president Kimon Taliadoros (L), former Heidelberg player and current Clifton Hill coach Leigh Tsoumerkas (C), senior coach at Heidelberg United and George Katsakis. PHOTO: KOSTAS DEVES. Heidelberg United president John Dimtsis (L) receives the FFV Life Member award from FFV president Kimon Taliadoros. PHOTO: KOSTAS DEVES. One of the earliest Alexander the Great sides, honoured by the Inaugural Hall of Fame. PHOTO: HEIDELBERG UNITED FACEBOOK. AEK was responsible for Olympiakos’ first league loss (1-nil) this season after a very eventful derby. alty kick hit the post. Olympiakos was left with nine players after Luka Milivojevic was dismissed with a second yellow card for handling the ball inside the area, a call which led to the penalty kick. Olympiakos had also lost Alberto Botia in the 47th with a direct red card for a last-man foul. AEK's Rodrigo Gallo was also dismissed, in the 86th. Iraklis takes on AEK tonight at 7.30 pm Greek time. Earlier on Saturday, Levadiakos takes on Kalloni and Asteras Tripolis meets Giannina. On Sunday, league leader Olympiakos takes on Atromitos at 3.00 pm, Xanthi meets Panthrakikos at 5.15 pm, while at the same time Platanias takes on Panetolikos. The match of the round fea- tures third-placed Panathinaikos at home to fifth-placed PAOK. The Greens are searching for a victory that will further distance the team from those below as well as chasing a spot in the play-offs, while PAOK is desperate to pick up points that will keep it in the top five, following a series of poor results that has seen it go four games without a win.
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