Friday, 5 October 2007

Greek sweep

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.


Hermes said...

Good to see Olympiakos have finally fulfilled some of their promise. But there is a lot more they need to do to wipe the memory of the last 10 years of European failure.

On much more important football matters someone has finally closed a gaping hole in world football by creating a blog concentrating on the two Zakynthian titans, APS Zakynthos and Tsilivi. You'll be relieved to know APS Zakynthos recently draw away from home. They are coached by Greek Australian Joe Patsalidis.

Next week we play the Spartans.

john akritas said...

I too am pleased about Olympiakos, though I’ve got a bigger soft spot for AEK. Also, I can never forget the time I went to see the Olympiakos-Pananthinaikos derby and nearly got lynched by Olympiakos supporters for sitting in the wrong seat. Those Pireaotes are a rough lot. Talking of derbies, I bet the Zakynthos-Kefallonia derby is a torrid affair.