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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 10 November 2018
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2018 27 SPORT Bayern Munich too much for AEK Despite a brave performance at the Allianz Arena, the Greek champions couldn’t find a response to Robert Lewandowski’s two goals AEK lost 2-0 to Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in Germany. In a result that was expect- ed by many, considering the huge difference in the budget that separates the two teams, Marinos Ouzounidis' men put up a solid display of their capabilities and will have nothing to be ashamed of as they walk away from the pitch. The Greek manager chose a more defensive 5-3-2 formation, with Chygrynskiy, Lampropoulos and Cosic in the centre of defence and Galanopoulos, Alef and Simoes in front of them, while skipper Mantalos was in the play maker position. Meanwhile, Niko Kovac, who is constantly under heavy fire in Germany, used all the weapons he had at his disposal, with Hummels, Boateng, Muller, Ribery and Lewandowski all finding a place in the starting eleven. But despite the presence of all those star players in the lineup, AEK didn't really feel much pressure in their defence and goalkeeper Barkas was having a comfortable evening. That is until the 30th minute of the game, when during a corner kick for the German team, the Slovenian referee Matej Yung awarded them a penalty after a tug on the shirt of Robert Lewandowski by Uros Cosic. The Polish striker easily converted the free kick and gave his team the advantage 15 minutes before half time. The second half didn't have much in the action department either, with AEK focusing more on closing down space in their own defence rather than moving forward in search of an equaliser, as Bayern now seemed more comfortable to move the ball around searching for the right opportunity to strike. That came from yet another Muller corner kick, after a poor clearance by Ezequiel Ponce gave Lewandowski the chance to double his personal tally and his team's advantage over the Greek champions. On the 76th minute, tempers flared among the AEK players as Cosic inexplicably pulled Nicholas Hult by the hair, with their teammates needing to jump in to avoid further confrontation between the two. After the game was over, Marinos Ouzounidis claimed that the penalty decision was harsh, while giving credit to his players for keeping a low score. AEK now has no points from four games and have mathematically been disqualified from the round of 16 of the Champions League, however they maintain hopes of continuing their European journey in the Europa League. MANOLAS SCORES FOR ROMA, MANCHESTER UNITED LEAVE TURIN WITH THREE POINTS Meanwhile, in other games that were held for day four of the Champions League, Giannis making his mark from early on Still early in the NBA season, the ‘Greek freak’ has already recorded two triple-doubles and is on his way to the second All-Star game of his career Giannis Antetokoumpo has started the season with remarkable numbers in the NBA, taking the Milwaukee Bucks by the hand and leading them to an impressive 6-0 winning streak at home. Giannis has already managed Antetokoumpo rises above Koufos, as the centre falls victim to another of the ‘Greek freak’s’ dunks. PHOTO: AP/MORRY GASH to feature in the 'Player of the Week' segment for the Eastern Conference on the week ending 28 October, with 24.8 points on average and a percentage of 53 on all his shots for every 29.3 minutes of play in games against the New York Knicks, the Philadelphia 76ers, the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Orlando Magic. Meanwhile, he has two impressive triple-doubles under his belt in the season. The first being in the game at Philadelphia, where the 'Greek Freak' stopped at 32 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists in 37 minutes of play against the 76ers. His second impressive performance was versus the Sacramento Kings, where he recorded 26 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists while remaining on the court for 30 minutes. In that same game, Giannis had a highlight dunk against fellow Greek centre Kostas Koufos, regarding which he stated that "things will be awkward when we return to Greece", in a more playful tone. Apart from his records in points, Antetokoumpo has a continuous presence in the Top-10 of the 'Play of the Week' segments of the Eastern Conference, with his spectacular dunks leaving the crowds in awe. He seems to be set for yet another All-Star game, even though the season has only just begun (eight games in). Also, despite some incredible performances from Steve Kurry, Kyrie Irving and Blake Griffin, Antetokoumpo is regarded to be in the running for MVP of the season. Manchester United came from behind to defeat Juventus 1-2 in Turin, in a game that was marked by Jose Mourinho's clash with the Italian team's players. Kostas Manolas scored the opening goal for AS Roma as they beat CSKA in Moscow (1-2), while Barcelona managed to escape from Milan with a 1-1 draw against Inter. Atletico Madrid got payback for last week's heavy 4-0 loss against Dortmund as they beat them 2-0 and Milos Degenek's Red Star Belgrade scored the shock of the day, defeating Liverpool also 2-0. Thierry Henry's managerial debut seems to be going from bad to worse as his AS Monaco were demolished by Club Brugge (0-4) as Santiago Solari's debut on Real Madrid's bench was met with success in the Czech Republic, beating Victoria Plzen 0-5. Napoli held PSG to a 1-1 draw while Manchester City annihilated Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0 with Gabriel Jesus scoring a hat-trick. No matter how many AEK players tried to stop him, Robert Lewandowski found his way to the back of the net. PHOTO: SVEN HOPPE/DPA Greece plans to (co-)host a World Cup! Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced that the nation is in talks with Bulgaria, Serbia and Romania in order to submit a bid for the tournament of 2030 from behind the scenes and finally the Prime Minister submitted the proposal towards the other three nations in Varna to see if it can go forward. A World Cup in Greece? PHOTO: AAP VIA AP/PETROS KARADJIAS In a surprising turn of events, Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras has informed the members of the press about Greece's intention to create a joint file along with Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania for hosting the FIFA World Cup of 2030. He pointed out that all four nations are currently in discussions regarding this bid, which will see them in close partnership over the course of the next ten years. "This is an idea that we will further process all together," Tsipras pointed out from Varna in Bulgaria. Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Boyko Borissov shared this opinion: "It is worthwhile for the four countries to submit a proposal in order to co-host the Football World Championship of 2030." This joint bid has been a project that Minister of Sports Giorgos Vasiliadis has been working on for a while now Should they agree then a file will be created that will need to fulfil the requirements set by the governing football body (FIFA) and later given for an evaluation. If this bid is to move forward then it will be up against some tough opposition as there are other joint bids currently being discussed around the globe. Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay are in talks as are the Republic of Ireland, Scotland, England and Northern Ireland to submit a common bid of their own. This partnership could have the added effect of helping ease tensions between the nations as they strive for a common goal.
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