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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 11 May 2019
26 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 11 MAY 2019 SPORT winners WINNERS MARIA SAKKARI It could just as easily have been Stefanos Tsitsipas’ name here, as they both managed to win at the Morocco (Sakkari) and Estoril (Tsitsipas) Opens, becoming the first Greek male-female duo to accomplish such a feat at the same time. This was the first WTA title in Sakkari’s career, which she celebrated wildly with her family and the local Greek community that supported her efforts. After the game the young athlete pointed out that it was the “delicious food” they made for her the night before that led her to success. Tsitsipas, on the other hand, was able to secure his third ATP title, in what has been a very productive season for him, as he maintains his position within the world Top 10. SOKRATIS PAPASTATHOPOULOS Even though all hopes for a position within the top four of the Premier League have been lost for Arsenal, they can still participate in the world’s best club competition by winning the Europa SINNERS WELLINGTON PHOENIX It was incredibly disappointing to see the New Zealand club fall in such a way against Melbourne Victory, as the 3-1 loss didn’t do them any justice. In what turned out to be Mark Rudan’s final game at the helm, Phoenix proved too inexperienced to handle the stress that came with an elimination play-off, as they were easy prey at the hands of their opponents. That’s not to say they didn’t put up a fight, but it seemed as though they were not able to come up with a way to deal with the strategy of the home side, who after scoring that crucial first goal seemed comfortable to just give them the ball and wait to strike on the counter. Better luck next time, Phoenix! WARREN JOYCE The announcement of Melbourne City’s decision to not renew the British manager’s contract came as no surprise. Under Warren Joyce, the “citizens” have shown great instability in their performance, while his decision to remove players of great worth from the club, such as Tim Cahill and more recently Bruno Fornaroli, had left fans with a bitter taste. Hopefully the next season can find Melbourne City with someone on their bench who will have the full support of both the players and supporters in order for the club to reach greater heights. GIORGOS VASILAKOPOULOS We may have mentioned this name in the past. With the situation in Greek bas- ketball now reaching crucial levels (with Olympiacos about to get relegated to the A2 division if referee Anastopoulos gets selected for their next game against Promitheas), the man in charge of the Hellenic Basketball Federation still remains nowhere to be seen, instead threatening to take legal action against the Sports Minister Giorgos Vasiliadis who named him as the person responsible for the situation escalating to this point. Olympiacos have continuously showed their discontent for the way things stand, while Panathinaikos are claiming the “reds” need to follow the guidelines. Meanwhile, the Greek Federation, who should be the mediator between the two great forces of the sport, remains nowhere to be seen. League. And that’s all due to the fine work they have done to progress so far, as they are just one good result away from making it to the final in Baku. Sokratis and the “gunners” have been one of the favourites to win the tournament from the start, but they have done well to make it this far, knocking out clubs such as Sporting Lisbon, Stade Rennes and Napoli. The Greek centreback has been an integral part of the squad throughout their campaign. OLYMPIACOS SOCCER TEAM Yes, this is definitely PAOK’s season, as they completed the league undefeated while they stand on the precipice of winning the double. However it is definitely worth taking a moment to note the excellent season Olympiacos have had and the incredible maturity with which their fans, the younger generation of whom are not used to spending more than one season without celebrating a trophy, have embraced this squad. Of course this is sinners & Bergers suffer shock exit trom FFA Cup GEORGE STOGIANNOU by alex anyfantis In his weekly column, Alex Anyfantis takes a look at the winners and sinners of Greek and Australian sport Sokratis has been one of Arse- nal’s key players all season. PHOTO: APE/MPE all credit to the hard work of manager Pedro Martins and his players, as they played very attractive football, more specifically in the latter part of the season, with the team scoring 71 goals (the most of all in Greece), while remaining undefeated for over 10 games. Last season's FFA Cup quarter-finalists Heidelberg United FC was one of the bigger casualties of the midweek round of FFA Cup qualifiers. The cup tie against neighbouring NPL 1 club Hume City loomed as a potential banana skin to the Bergers. And so it proved despite the Bergers leading three times during the game. They were unable to shake free of the resilient visitors, which managed to claw back to the lead each time before overtaking the Bergers in extra time to eventually triumph 5-4 in what will be remembered as a famous victory. Harry Noon and Tom Cahill gave the Bergers the ideal start each scoring inside the first 15 minutes, before Hume's Marco Delic capitalised on a weak Berger's back pass to pull one back for the visitors. Hume's Steven Hewitt then levelled the scores at the 36 minute mark. A second Cahill goal gave the home team the lead again just after the break before gale force winds and rain sent spectators rushing for cover. However that wasn't enough to stop Hume's Hewitt from equalising once more in the 83rd minute sending the match into extra time. Bergers' sub Lucas Derrick then struck to give the Bergers a 4-3 lead in the first half of extra time but Hume were not to be beaten and equalised through Gideon Sweet before another defensive mix up by the Bergers allowed Hume's Theo Markelis to score the match winner to the delight of the travelling Hume City fans. The fatigued Bergers were left to lick their wounds with skipper Luke Byles and fellow defender Les Doumbalis both substituted with what DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Bentleigh Greens winger Valentino Yuel proved a match winner once again in the Greens FFA Cup tie in midweek. PHOTO: SUPPLIED looked like injuries. With only a short turnaround till their next league match, and together with the absence of regular keeper Chris Theodoridis away on his honeymoon, and regular full back Josh Wilkins trialling with Central Coast Mariners, the Bergers' depth will surely be tested in their crucial top of the table league clash with undefeated Avondale on Saturday. Whilst the Bergers exited the Cup earlier than expected, the most successful NPL club in the history of the Cup, Bentleigh Greens, goes marching on even if it had to wait till the 93rd minute to find a winner in a 1-0 away win to neighbours Kingston City at the Grange on Tuesday evening. A-League bound winner Valentino Yuel scored a second match winning goal for the Greens in the space of five days to give the injury depleted Greens a hard fought win. Good news too for Oakleigh Cannons and South Melbourne fans after both teams qualified for the next round by winning their midweek cup ties albeit in contrasting styles. The Cannons cruised to a 4-1 home win over North Geelong Warriors aided by a red card to the Warriors late in the first half. South did it the hard way with a 1-0 away win over State league outfit Doveton SC thanks to a 70th minute Billy Konstantinidis header. South keeper Nikola Roganovic also played his part denying Doveton a late equaliser by saving a spot kick. Elsewhere, the fairy-tale run in the cup ended for State League 5 club Waverley Wanderers which lost 2-6 to Langwarrin whilst Brunswick City's run also came to an end with a 2-0 loss to fellow NPL 2 West club Werribee City. Canberra Olympic's cup run finished early too with a 1-0 loss to Canberra FC. The news was better for N NSW side Hamilton Olympic which scored an emphatic 6-1 win over neighbours Hamilton Azzuri to progress to the next round. Following the midweek matches, the Round 6 FFA Cup draw for Victorian teams took place. Round 6 Draw: 1. Hume City v Bentleigh Greens 2. FC Bulleen Lions v Northcote City FC 3. Eltham Redbacks v Altona Magic SC 4. Geelong SC v St Albans Sainst 5. South Melbourne FC v Langwarrin 6. Moreland Zebras v Westgate FC 7. Melbourne Knights v Avondale 8. Werribbee City v Oakleigh Cannons South Melbourne lose to Oakleigh Cannons Esteban Quintas’ men were unable to prevent the visitors from escaping from the “Lakeside” with a 0-2 win ALEX ANYFANTIS Yet another bad night for South Melbourne. The Greek club failed to get any points against an Oakleigh Cannon side that hasn't been fairing much better this season. An own goal by Marshall on the 31st minute lead Esteban Quintas' men to lose focus, and even though they tried to find an equaliser in the second half, they were never able to break down the visitors' defence. In the end, the Cannons managed to score a Once again, the South Melbourne forwards proved too ineffective in front of goal. PHOTO: KOSTAS DEVES second with Dimmanche seven minutes into injury time, adding further salt on the wounds of South Melbourne, who now remain without a win for three consecutive games. They now sit on the 11th place on the ladder with 11 points from 10 matches, as they turn their attention to next week's away game against Altona Magic. Meanwhile, the Bentleigh Greens beat Dandenong City at "Kingston Heath" thanks to a goal by soon-to-be Western United forward Kuach Yuel.
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