Uefa Europa League Results
Olympiacos 4-1 Astana
T. Elyounoussi 33
Sebá 34, 65
Kabananga 54 (Astana)
Young Boys 3-1 APOEL
Hoarau 18, 52, 82 (P)
Efrem 14 (Apoel)
Standard Liège 2-2 Panathinaikos
Edmilson Junior 45+1 (P)
Ibarbo 12, 36 (Panathinaikos)
Qarabağ 2-0 PAOK
Dani Quintana 56
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We watched the game, Greece vs. Cyprus from the arm-chair, or more like a seat that swivels from the LGR offices.
It was the first time these neighbouring teams met, making history in an awesome competitive game. The stakes were very high as either a win or a draw, would be help to the sides chances to qualify for the World Cup finals 2018 in Russia.
Friday night October 7th at 19:45 at the Football Stadium Georgios Karaiskakis, we finally had kick-off…
The match was full of excitement, as the visiting team, Cyprus, were quick to go on counter-attack and creative, troubling Greece’s defence to the approving roar of the visiting 1,500 Cypriot fans making the trip to Piraeus. Greece’s make-shift midfield brought in Kostas Stafylidis replacing Andreas Samaris who was injured next to Giannis Maniatis as holding midfielders, and they were tested by the ambitious Cypriot team who pressed forward in the early moments of the game.
Despite our plucky Cypriot showing, it was the in-form Kostas Mitroglou opening the score in the 12 minute, with a fine shot. Kostas Fortounis took hold of a loose ball in the Cyprus box and fed incoming Mitroglou who slid the ball past Cypriot keeper Kostas Panagi and his strike making it two goals out of two qualifiers for him.
Taking full advantage of a Cypriot goalkeeping error by Panagi, Greek player Petros Mantalos made it two at 42 minutes before Half-Time crucially.
2-0 ahead for Greece, job well done for the German coach Michael Skibbe of the Greek team, who prior to the game said they had a need to erase Euro 2016’s qualifying phase for them and pick up points helping them to get closer to the qualification to the World Cup which is to take place in two years.
Second-Half, Cyprus showed desperate signs of immediately trying to take something from the match, with efforts by Nestor Mytides and Giorgos Efrem, and was unlucky not to score as they caught Greece’s defence by surprise with again their ambitious counter-attacking style. The second half continued and it seemed an air of content was clearly taking over; both teams were looking increasingly to the full-time whistle.
So, it seems both sides were turning their mind to Monday when they have equally very serious qualifiers to think about. All in all, Greece are definitely the happier outfit with two wins out of two games following the 4-1 away victory over Gibraltar, completing four wins on the trot. Cyprus is yet to register a single point and will be hoping with enough time ahead to make their impression for Group H’s qualification phase.
Both countries meet again in Nicosia on 7th October 2017 to wind up the campaign.
Greece is now joint top of the table along with Belgium and on Monday the team will travel to Estonia. Cyprus, still on zero points, visits Bosnia next.
Good luck Cyprus.
Article written by Tony Neophytou
Greece vs Cyprus. The game is just hours away. The two sides will face each other for their massive 2018 World Cup qualifying clash. They will meet competitively for the first time in their history. They were selected during last year’s draw; it’s been a long wait for sure. Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Gibraltar complete the line-up for Group H.
In Piraeus at the Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Friday 7th October at 19:45 GMT the whistle will blow and yes, we have kick-off.
The teams have contrasting fortunes from the first set of matches which started their campaigns only last month. Off to a flying start, the Greek team picked up three points after beating Gibraltar 4-1 away. On the other hand, Cyprus will look to get a few points on the board after they lost 3-0 to Belgium in Nicosia. Despite the early set-back, the Cypriot squad are highly motivated ahead of playing their neighbours in what should prove a very intriguing competitive derby between the countries.
Michael Skibbe the German coach of the Greece side had expressed how important it was for his side to secure a winning result. ”We have to concentrate with the first match with Cyprus, to take the three points with this same will we would hope to beat Estonia. We know that the next matches will be with Bosnia and Belgium, where we have to play two very good teams. Every point helps”.
He spoke about reviving the national team’s fortunes after the failure of the last qualifying campaign, was a low-point for the side. He made the point: ”Something has changed with the dynamic of the team. For two years we took a serious ‘beating’ and everybody does not want this. They want a change.”
Just before 13:30 on Wednesday, Cyprus’ national team arrived in Athens and as scheduled completed their first training session later at Agios Kosmas.
Christakis Christoforou’s men can draw inspiration from the fact that league champions Apoel with internationals such as Giorgos Merkis, Giorgos Efrem and Pieros Sotiriou within their ranks defeated Greek giants Olympiacos 1-0 at Karaiskakis Stadium in the Europa League last week thanks to an amazing goal by Sotiriou.
The Cyprus coach emphasised his team’s ethos of playing well and treating the game in a very ‘competitive’ way. He explained ”There are teams like Belgium who are very difficult to take a positive result. Our effort with Belgium until 60′ minutes was good. We have analysed the game and the mistakes and I believe we will be in a better shape against Greece.”
Cypriot midfielder Georgios Efrem took the point ”that the game is itself unique because of our common links we have with Greece. That said however in the match we will be opponents for 90’ minutes and I hope we can take a positive result.”
The nations have only previously met in friendly matches; Cyprus in the first ever meeting between the sides in 1963 in Nicosia; walked away with a 3-1 victory on that occasion. Since then the Greek side have got the better of their clashes albeit only friendly ones, with a superior head-to-head with 15 wins, 7 draws and only 3 loses to the Cypriot side.
Good luck and may the best team win.
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Cyprus first division football league leader AEK of Larnaca continued its winning streak beating Nea Salamina away with 1-0.
AEK is the only team with six victories in six matches and leads the standings with 18 points.
APOEL of Nicosia defeated Doxa Katokopias with 2-0 in GSP, whereas AEL of Limassol drew 0-0 with Anorthosis of Famagusta. Apollon of Limassol beat Omonia with 2-1 in limassol and climbed to the fifth spot in the standings one point less from Omonia.
Ethnicos Ahnas beat Anagennisi Derynias with 5-3, whereas Aris of Limassol was forced to a goalless draw by AEZ Zakakiou in Tsirion Stadium
Karmiotissa of Polimidia defeated Ermis Aradippou with 3-0.
STANDINGS: AEK 18, APOEL 16, AEL 14, Omonia11, Apollon 10, Ermis 9, Anorthosis 7, AEZ 6, Karmiotissa 5, Nea Salamina 5, Aris 4, Doxa Katokopias 5, Anagennisi Derynias 1.
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APOEL FC achieved a historic 1-0 victory against Olympiakos Piraeus in “Georgios Karaiskakis” Stadium in Athens, in the framework of match day 2 of UEFA Europa League.
The Cypriot team defeated the Greek team thanks to a 10th minute goal from Pieros Soteriou.
In the group’s other match yesterday, Astana and Young Boys played out a scoreless draw at Astana Arena.
With two wins out of two games, APOEL is at the top of the group`s standings.
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Cyprus` presence at the Rio Paralympic Games was successful, as the two Cypriot athletes reached the finals in their disciplines, according to Cyprus` National Paralympic Committee (CNPC).
In a press release, CNPC says that “small Cyprus took part in the Rio Paralympic Games with two athletes, namely Karolina Pelendritou in swimming and Antonis Aresti in athletics”, among 4,500 athletes from 170 countries in 22 disciplines.
Pelendritou competed in the Women`s 100m Breaststroke SB13, despite the fact that her category is SB12. The International Paralympic Committee and the Rio 2016 Organising Committee decided that Pelendritou should compete in SB13, since no other female athlete qualified for the Rio Games in her category.
SB12 means 95% loss of sight, while SB13 means 90% loss of sight.
In the finals, Pelendritou finished fourth with 1:17.22. Fotimakhon Amilova from Uzebekistan won gold with 1:12.45, Rebecca Redfern from Great Britain won silver with 1:13.81, and Colleen Young from the USA won bronze with 1:17.02.
Aresti competed in the Men`s 400m T45/46/47. In the finals, he finished sixth in T47 with 50.07. Ernesto Blanco from Cuba won the gold medal in T46 with 48.79, Petrucio Ferreira Dos Santos from Brazil won silver in T47 with 48.87, and Gunther Matzinger from Austria won bronze in T47 with 48.95.
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AEK of Larnaca achieved a great away victory on Sunday against Apollon of Limassol with 1-0 in the framework of match day 4 of the Cyprus League.
At the same time, the leader of the table APOEL beat Derynia with 2-0 in GSP Stadium and on Saturday Omonia defeated away Ethnicos Achnas with 2-1.
Match day 4 concludes on Monday with the match between Karmiotissa and AEL of Limassol. The results of match day 4: Apollon-AEK 0-1, APOEL-Anagennisi Deryneia 2-0, Doxa-Ermis Aradippou 1-2, Nea Salamina-Aris 0-0, Ethnicos Achnas – Omonia 1-2, Anorthosis-AEZ 2-2.
Standings: APOEL 9, AEK 9, Omonia 8, Apollon 7, AEL 7, Ermis 6, Anorthosis 5, Aris 3, Karmiotissa 2, Nea Salamina 2, Doxa 1, Anagennisi Deryneia 1, Ethnicos Achnas 1.
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Apollon of Limassol achieved on Sunday a great victory against AEZ Zakakiou with 4-0 for matchday 3 of the Cyprus League.
At the same time, Anorthosis defeated Aris with 2-1 in Limassol and Ermis of Aradippou defeated Anagenisi Deryneias with 1-0.
On Saturday, APOEL achieved an away victory against Nea Salamina with 4-0, AEK defeated Karmiotissa with 3-0, while the match between Omonia and Doxa in GSP Stadium ended in a 1-1 tie.
Match day 3 concludes on Monday with the match between AEL of Limassol and Ethnicos Achnas.
Standings: Apollon 7, APOEL 6, AEL 6, Omonia 5, Anorthosis 4, AEZ Zakakiou 4, AEK 3, Ermis 3, Karmiotissa 2, Aris 2, Doxa 1, Nea Salamina 1, Anagennisi Deryneia 1, Ethnicos Achnas 0.
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Cyprus lost on Tuesday evening to Belgium 0-3 in GSP Nicosia Stadium in a match for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying round.
Romelu Lukaku put Belgium ahead after 13 minutes with a diving header after a shot from Thomas Meunier had been touched on to the crossbar by Cyprus goalkeeper Constantinos Panayi and bounced back into the path of the striker.
The second goal came in the 61st minute again by Lukaku. The third followed 20 minutes later when Panayi parried a stinging effort from Kevin de Bruyne, Eden Hazard picking up the rebound and unselfishly squaring for an easy tap-in for Yannick Carrasco.
Hazard was brought down in the last minute to allow substitute Michy Batshuayi the chance to score from a penalty but Panayi saved his spot-kick.
Meanwhile on the same day Greece begun its 2018 World Cup campaign with a 4-1 away win against Gibraltar.
Greek Striker Kostas Mitroglou opened the scoring on the 10th minute with a great shot from the edge of the area.
Liam Walker equalised for Gibraltar on the 26th with a fine volley, scoring the country’s first goal in a World Cup European Qualifier match.
However an own goal by Scott Wiseman on the 43th restored the lead for Greek national team.
Kostas Fortounis and Vasilis Torosidis scored in quick succession before half time for the visitors, on the 44th and 46th minute respectively, sealing Greece’s victory.
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The Cypriot champions APOEL Nicosia will face Olympiacos, the champions of Greece in the Group B of Europa League 2016/17. In what looks like a mouth-watering, clash of the titans encounter between the two countries.
Apoel will travel to Olympiacos for the first away game on the 29th September and the home game on Cypriot soil, is on 8th December at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia.
Interestingly enough, it’s not only at the Europa League club level we are going to see a Cypriot and Greek exciting tie…
Cyprus and Greece will meet each other in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers with the imminent qualifying of Group H matches about to start on 6th September.
The make-up of the group is completed by Young Boys of Switzerland and Astana of Kazakhstan.
PAOK take on Fiorentina of Italy, Slovan Liberec of Czech Republic and Qäbälä of Azerbaijan in Group J action.
Elsewhere, Panathinaikos will travel to Ajax of the Netherlands, Standard Liège of Belgium, Celta Vigo of Spain.
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