Friday, 5 October 2007
A clean sweep for Greek clubs in European football this week. On Tuesday, Panathinaikos beat Artmedia Bratislava 3-0 to go through to the group stages of the UEFA cup 5-1 on aggregate; while on Wednesday, and after 31 attempts, Olympiakos finally won a Champions League game away from home, beating Werder Bremen 3-1 (see video above), to go top of Group C, ahead of Real Madrid.
And last night, back in the UEFA cup, AEK, though losing 1-0 to Salzburg, went through to the group phase of the tournament 3-2 on aggregate; Panionios, though going down 1-0 to Sochaux, went through 2-1 on aggregate; Larissa, though losing 2-1 to Blackburn, went through 3-2 on aggregate; and Aris Salonika, though going down 2-1 to Real Zaragoza, went through on the away goals rule, having won the first leg 1-0 in Greece, 2-2 on aggregate.
Anorthosis Famagusta were the only Greek club to go out of Europe this week. Despite playing well against Tottenham in yesterday’s encounter in Cyprus and earning a victory of sorts with a creditable 1-1 draw – Anorthosis took the lead in the 54th minute with a goal from Fabinho only for Robbie Keane to equalise 12 minutes from time – the damage had been done in the first leg at White Hart Lane, which Tottenham won 6-1 – and Anorthosis exit the UEFA cup 7-2 on aggregate. Never mind. Next year. Next year back in European football and next year to Anorthosis’ matches being played not in Larnaca but in a liberated Famagusta.