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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 28 July 2018
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 28 JULY 2018 27 SPORT PAOK take slender lead to Switzerland GEORGE STOGIANNOU Greek Super League club PAOK will take a slender advantage to Switzerland on Thursday going into the second leg of theirChampions League second qualifying round, after defeating FC Basel 2-1 at Toumba on Tuesday evening. PAOK fans had high hopes of successfully progressing after watching their team leading 2-0 against the Swiss with just 10 minutes remaining before the FC Basel snatched a precious away goal. An excellent first half volley from PAOK's Spanish midfielder Jose Canas fired the Greeks into the lead, whilst a second half goal from big Serb striker Aleksandar Prijovic doubled PAOK's lead. However an 82nd minuted headed goal to Basel's Albian Ajeti halved the Greek team's advantage and gave the Swiss a valuable away goal to take back home. The Swiss will also be encouraged by a number of clear cut chances they were able to create in the first half against the Greeks. It will be interesting to see whether PAOK go into the return match preparing to concede possession and play on the counterattack, or whether they'll try and NPL STATUS take the game to Basel. PAOK Coach Razvan Lucescu indicated in his post match comments that they would go to Basel looking for a win. He began his after match media conference by expressing condolences to the victims of the Attica fires: "First of all, I would like to say that my thoughts are with the families of those who have died in the tragic fire," stated the 49-year old. When asked about the match, Lucescu shared his delight with PAOK's football: "Today, I am really happy with my players and the football which we displayed. Nevertheless, there is a feeling of disappointment for the goal which we conceded." "We will go to Switzerland in order to win the match and qualify. Overall, I think we had a really good transition from defence to attack. At this level, any mistake will be punished, Basel had two big chances because of our errors. Leo Jaba and Dimitris Limnios played great, they created lots of opportunities." Sydney Olympic back on top Meanwhile, many of the Greek teams were held to draws SYDNEY OLYMPIC PHOTO : PAOKFC.GR Women’s water polo team advances to European final after beating Spain 11-9 They will face the Netherlands on Friday Greece's women’s water polo team will be heading to the European Championship final, after a great performance yesterday that saw them ward off Spain 11-9. The game started off quite balanced, as Greece took the lead but Spain bounced back, however the Greek players kept the Spaniards at bay after a spectacular second quarter, which saw them score four goals and not concede any. The third was a tough battle, with both teams scoring four goals each. Goalie Chrysoula Diamantopoulou had a stunning match, with four saves on five shots. In the fourth quarter, Spain attempted their counterattack, but all they managed to achieve was to reduce the margin of their loss. This result will take the Greek team to Friday's final, where they will meet Holland who beat Hungary by 8-7. The top scorer for Greece was Eleftheria Plevritou with three goals. This will be the third European Championship final for Galanolefki, who won gold at the 2018 Europa Cup, and also won the 2011 World Championship. The Greek men's team were knocked out quite easily by Spain last Tuesday, 10-6. In what can only be described as a dramatic fixture, Sydney Olympic managed to grab an away victory at Lambert Park, taking down bottomof-the-table Sydney FC 2-3. The visitors showed their intentions early on through a Max Burgess goal in the 12th minute, however the home side equalised with a Cox penalty in the 23rd, sending the two teams into the locker rooms on equal footing. In the second half, Sydney Olympic showed their determination, and thanks to two goals by Sanchez Lopez (50') and Kuleski (58') they sealed the win, leaving Sydney FC with only a consolation goal in injury time (90+2' penalty Skotadis). This win brought Sydney Olympic back on top of the NPL NSW table, where they stand with 39 points, as many as the APIA Tigers. The next opponents for the Blues will be Sutherland Sharks at home. Sydney Olympic: Henderson, Whiteside, Kuleski (84' Pavicevic), Angel (62' Dimitriou), Madonis, Max Burgess, Jinya An, Mackenzie, Sanchez Lopez, Darcy Burgess (74' Tsatallios), Woodcock. OLYMPIC FC Yet another 3-0 victory for Olympic, as they cruised past the Cleveland Showgrounds to beat Redlands United. Smith opened the score in the 35th minute with a great free kick just outside the box, with Psarros doubling the margin in the 68th. Whyte secured the win for his team in the 84th minute, however this result didn't change things on the top of the NPL Queensland ladder, as Olympic still trail the Lions by one point, 51 to 50. Next week, Olympic will face-off against Brisbane City at Goodwin Park. Olympic FC: Mooney, Glover, Stefanutto, Waters, Whyte, Mundy, Dais (66' Byrne), Sanders (74' Ito), Lofthouse, Psarros, Smith (71' Cuminao). Greece’s polo team celebrate their success. PHOTO BY: EPA/ENRIC FONTCUBERTA DARWIN OLYMPIC SPORTING CLUB At the big game for second place on the NPL Northern Territory table, Darwin Olympic walked away with the 1-2 win against Casuarina. Maragos gave the visitors the lead in the 12th, with second half, with goals provided by Lanau-Atkinson (28') and Cristy (68'). In the end, Olympia were lucky to claim just the one point, which was given to them by a goal from Hill in the 83rd minute. This draw maintains the Warriors in fifth position of the NPL Queensland ladder, 15 points away from table leaders Devonport. They will have their opportunity at slimming this lead however, as this week they will play host to the club. Olympia Warriors FC: Ste- vens, Johnson, Castaneda, Griffiths, Gurson, Hill, Hills, Holmes, Davis, Murfitt, Nkoso. Floreat Athina weren’t able to secure a win, as Darwin grab impressive result Casuarina striking back at their opponents thanks to an equaliser from a Mukhlis penalty in the 50th minute. Maragos had not said his final word however, and with yet another strike in the 67th gave the victory and the second place on the ladder to Darwin with 24 points. This weekend they will face the Palmerston Rovers in another away game. Darwin Olympic SC: Agbasi, Al-Rubie, Amidy, Buntin, Georgiou, Hajdic, Kwana, Maragos, Naan, Roksa, Soares. HELLENIC FC Another easy win for Hellenic, as they annihilated the Mindil Aces 2-9. This win brings them to 34 points, and thanks to Darwin's victory at Casuarina, their lead from the second-placed team is now extended to 10 points. The next opponent for Hellenic will be Port Darwin at home. WEST ADELAIDE A poor performance by West Adelaide last weekend as they were thrashed 5-1 at the Steve Woodcock Sports Centre by NPL SA leaders Campbelltown City. Even though West Adelaide got an early lead in the game thanks to a Bouraee goal in the 8th minute, they were severely punished for their defensive errors with another five by Ture (27'), Kirk (64'), Mullen (59') and Marino (86', 88'). This result will bring them back down to eighth place on the board with 24 points as they prepare to head to the Smith Partners Stadium where Adelaide United awaits them. West Adelaide: Moss, Z Christodoulopoulos, Tesfagabr, Eleftherakis (78' Mitris), Yull, Papasian (29' Mantis), Mpouzalas (86' Maiolo), Bouraee, Alexandrou, Kuzmicki, Lippett. ADELAIDE OLYMPIC FC The latter team from Adelaide didn't have much success last week either, as they were stuck on a 1-1 draw against South Adelaide at O'Sullivan's. The goals were scored by Carmichael (21', South Adelaide) and Erba (24', Adelaide Olympic). However, the one point of this draw and the results in the other matches saw them go up in the NPL South Australia ladder to sixth place (24 points). This week they will go to the Adelaide Shores Football Centre to face Birkalla. Adelaide Olympic FC: Atkins, Trimboli (79' Harpas), Barnett, Makridis, Vlassis, (55' Bontor), Harpas, ButlerBowdon, Da Silva, Brown, Waters, Erba. OLYMPIA WARRIORS FC Olympia were unsuccessful in their bid to claim a victory away from home, as they were held to a 2-2 draw by the Northern Rangers. The Warriors gained the lead very early thanks to a Gurson goal, but despite that, the Rangers managed to turn the game on its head by the HAMILTON OLYMPIC FC Hamilton were stuck on a goalless draw against Maitland at home last weekend. Despite that, the results from other teams saw them climb the ladder of the NPL Northern NSW from seventh to fifth. Their next challenge will be at the Lake Macquarie Park where they will face the local City. Hamilton Olympic FC: Eisenhauer, Hodges, Davies, Mcguinness, Green (70' Sutherland), Bailey, Cooper, Pettit, Stewart, Lucas, Bertos. FLOREAT ATHINA Yet another draw for a Greek team last weekend, as Athina were not able to secure a win at the Plasterboard Centre against Inglewood United, instead being held to a 2-2 result. Athina were happy to grab an early lead through Petkov (13'), but the situation quickly changed as Santalucia committed a penalty that was converted into a goal by Salmon in the 26th. The visitors were up against it when Salmon struck again at the start of the second half, however they were able to maintain their composure and grab the one point from the game thanks to a Fuller goal in the 71st minute. This draw doesn't change much for the Athenians, who still remain on the eighth position of the NPL Western Australia ladder with 26 points as they prepare to play host to Bayswater City. Floreat Athina: J Saldaris, Santalucia, Fuller, Stynes (76' Abandelwa), Petkov, Whitney, Galan, C. Saldaris, Malton, Evans, Pollard (67' Arnold).
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