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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 19 January 2019
SPORT 22 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 19 JANUARY 2019 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Tough challenges await Melbourne clubs City prepare to face the unstoppable force that is Perth Glory, while rivals Victory host Wellington Phoenix, who seem to be reborn since the arrival of new coach Mark Rudan Mauricio extends PAOK’s lead in Tripoli, making matters even worse for Asteras. PHOTO: APE/MPE PAOK and Olympiacos resume season with important away wins The team from Thessaloniki thrashed Asteras 0-3 in Tripoli, while the “red-and-whites” beat Levadiakos 0-2 The two teams at the top of ladder in the Greek Super League claimed important away wins last weekend. PAOK proved that they can survive just fine even without their top striker Aleksandar Prijovic, who chose to move to Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad, as they walked away from Tripoli with a comfortable 0-3 win against Asteras. The victory would not have come had it not been for the excellent performance of goalkeeper Alexandros Paschalakis, as he made some excellent saves, keeping a clean sheet. The opener came by a free kick from skipper Adelino Vieirinha, Mauricio capitalised on a great pass by Biseswar to score the second, while Triantafyllopoulos headed the ball into his own net late in injury time to seal the final score. The away team were reduced to ten men on the 79th after Leo Matos received his marching orders, yet this didn't seem to work in favour of Asteras. Meanwhile in Livadia, Olympiacos had an easy afternoon despite once again wasting many opportunities. Kostas Fortounis gave the team from Pireaus an early advantage, sending home a low cross from Angel Guerrero just after seven minutes of play. The "red-and-whites" scored again on the 50th, this time Guerrero being the scorer. On the 68th, Masouras made his debut for his new club, coming on for Christodoulopoulos. In other games for round 16 of the Greek League, AEK were back on form as they dominated PAS Giannena at the "Zosimades". Ezequiel Ponce scored a quick double for the champions, with Mantalos and Michail (own goal) providing the other two. In a thriller match that was played at the Olympic Stadium of Athens, Panathinaikos and Xanthi drew level at 2-2. The "greens" came from behind to turn the game around, performing great football at times, however a final minute error by Mavromatis allowed the visitors to score from a penalty kick and walk away with a point. Atromitos fell even further behind from the top two, as they weren't able to defeat Panetolikos at home (2-2.) At the top of the ladder, PAOK leads with 41 points while Olympiacos follows with 33 and Atromitos with 29. For round 17, Razvan Lucescu's men will welcome Panionios, with Olympiacos travelling to Giannena and Atromitos going to Xanthi. GREEK SUPER LEAGUE ROUND 16 RESULTS AEL - Apollon Smyrnis 3-0 (5' OG Gino, 63', 77' Nunic - 50' sent off Stathis) Atromitos - Panetolikos 2-2 (50' N'Sikulu, 83' Mujakic - 69', 77' Mana) OFI - Panionios 1-1 (27' Platellas - 80' Camara) Levadiakos - Olympiacos 0-2 (7' Fortounis, 50' Guerrero) Panathinaikos - Xanthi 2-2 (48' Mpouzoukis, 68' Kolovetsios - 19', 90'+6' pen. Castro) Asteras Tripolis - PAOK 0-3 (65' Vieirinha, 69' Mauricio, 90'+2' OG Triantafyllopoulos, 79' sent off Matos) Aris - Lamia 1-0 (90'+2' Matilla) PAS Giannena - AEK 0-4 (5' pen. Mantalos, 21' OG Michail, 45', 45'+2' Ponce) ROUND 17 FIXTURES Saturday 19/1 PAS Giannena - Olympiacos Apollon Smyrni- Levadiakos PAOK - Panionios Sunday 20/1 OFI - Panetolikos AEL - Aris Xanthi - Atromitos AEK- Asteras Tripolis Monday 21/1 Lamia - Panathinaikos This weekend is set to be an exciting one for all football fans across Melbourne, as both local A-League clubs come face-to-face with formidable opponents. The face-off begins at AAMI Park on Saturday afternoon, as table-leaders Perth Glory come to town to encounter Melbourne City, with their only target being the three points. The Western Australian team seem to be in top form, as proven by their recent appearance against the Wanderers where they managed to turn a 1-3 deficit into a 4-3 triumph - all within the span of ten minutes. On the other hand, the "sky blues" have not impressed fans with their performances lately, despite a string of positive results. Warren Joyce seems to lack the clinical finishing that Bruno Fornaroli provided for the team. Despite attempts to cover up weaknesses with players he has at his disposal, the club is barely scraping through against some of the lower-ranked teams in the league. In the meantime, Victory seem to have returned to form after a solid appearance in Brisbane last Tuesday night, where they emerged as clear victors in a game with the Roar, 0-5. Greek forward Kosta Barbarouses scored a hat-trick for the visitors, while Ola Toivonen and Storm Roux provided the other two. This win will give the "navy blues" a necessary boost as they prepare to take on Wellington Phoenix for the second time within a month. Last time the two teams met, the champions were barely able to walk away with a draw, but this time around Mark Rudan's men don't seem as willing to do them any fa- Kosta Barbarouses netted a hat-trick for the Victory on Tuesday night in Brisbane, proving the excellent for that he’s in. PHOTO: AAP/DAVID MARIUZ vours. The former Sydney United coach appears to have helped the New Zealand club rise from the ashes and reestablish itself as one of the favourites for a playoff position. In other games for round 14 of the A-League, Sydney FC will face the Newcastle Jets, while the Western Sydney Wanderers welcome Adelaide United. Steve Corica's men have maintained a solid stream of good results combined with convincing appearances and will be looking to climb even higher on the latter as Ernie Merrick continues to be troubled by the fact that his team creates the opportunities but lacks the goals necessary to win matches. Meanwhile, Adelaide will want to return to good form as they take on a bedazzled Wanderers side, who are still trying to figure out how they were able to waste a two goal advantage with only 13 minutes remain last week in Perth. In the last game of the week, the two teams at the bottom of the table will duke it out to see who walks away with those crucial three points. The Glory are currently at the top of the ladder with 32 points from 13 games, with Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC tied at second with 26 points each. A-LEAGUE ROUND 14 SCHEDULE Friday 18 January 19:50 Western Sydney Wanderers - Adelaide United Saturday 19 January 17:35 Sydney FC - Newcastle Jets 19:50 Melbourne City - Perth Glory Sunday 20 January 17:00 Melbourne Victory - Wellington Phoenix 19:00 Central Coast Mariners - Brisbane Roar John Anastasiadis appointed in Western Melbourne coaching staff The Bentleigh Greens manager will hold a first assistant coach position within the newly-inducted A-League club Coach John Anastasiadis appears to be reaping the harvest of his efforts in the Victorian NPL. The soccer player who spent the majority of his career playing for Greek club PAOK FC, has now been given the position of first assis- tant coach in one of the clubs that was recently given the license to the A-League - Western Melbourne. The Tarneit-based club decision to put Anastasiadis could be part of an effort to show that they are committed to the grass roots level of football.Anastasiadis began his footballing career at Heidelberg, before moving to PAOK, where he played for over ten years. He then returned to Australia to become a member of South Melbourne. It was the same club that al- lowed him to begin his coaching career in the NPL and, in his first season as coach, he managed to lead the club to third place and the preliminary final in the play-offs. He remained with South until 2009, before moving to the Oakleigh Cannons. This partnership was to just last for a season after he accepted a new offer from Bentleigh early in 2011.Since joining the Greens, Anastasiadis has helped the club win three titles, including the Dockerty Cup, the Victorian Premier League and the minor premiership. Anastasiadis seemed elated upon accepting the post: "I'm grateful to Western Melbourne Group that I now have the opportunity to further my career at such an ambitious club. I'm Victorian through and through, always give 100 per cent and I desperately want to help make this club a success for the community of the west." Western Melbourne will join the A-League in the 2019/20, after their bid was approved by the Football Federation of Australia.
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