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Fiasco for the white-reds, triumph for PAOK

25 January 2010 / 12:01:38  GRReporter
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Emanuela Karastoyanova 

The game between Olympiakos and PAOK, which was played at the stadium Karaiskaki in Athens as part of 19-round of the Super League, ended with a score of 0:1. The white-reds failed to win the needed points in order to start a counterattack in the soccer ranking. Instead of three earned point their game against PAOK brought loss and ranked them to an even more rear position – now eight points are standing between them and Panathinaikos... Paradoxically, the game of the hosts did not show represent their aim. In front of the eyes of the assembled thousands of fans Olympiakos suffered a total fiasco, mainly due to the lack of coordination between the players and the uncertain and confused feeds.

During the first 10 minutes the game of both teams was chaotic and without a rhythm. During the 15th minute the hosts made the attempt to score through a penalty goal but goalkeeper Halkyas saved the ball. Despite their initial confusion, the guests managed to join the game in time and find the right rhythm of the play.

The 20th minute was the time when they showed their superiority over the hosts as quite unexpectedly they scored a goal in Nikopolidis’ net. The goal was scored by the attacker Edinyo. After this unexpected loss the Olympiakos players fell in complete confusion. Their feeds were uncoordinated and the goal strikes were unsure and almost purposeless. They failed to steer the ball in the right direction and kept it for too long - confused and without a plan for concrete action. They created few and not good goal opportunities, they did not fight for the ball to the end and their opponents did not have a hard time to steal the ball. The chaos and the series of inaccurate passes of the white-reds continued until the end of the first half.

The second half started with changes in the Olympiakos team - Zaire and Oscar were changed with Lua Lua and Dadalo. Unfortunately, the changes did not help the players of Badovich to catch up. On the other hand, the guests continued with their attacks. Attackers Ivic and Edinyo attempted to score a second goal in the 12th and 13th minute. During the 23rd minute Torosidis attempt to score by giving a pass to Lua Lua, but Halkyas goalkeeper saved the ball. There was another goal attempt by Galitsios, but again the ball was saved by Halkyas.

PAOK's victory in Karaiskaki Stadium is the fourth out of the last 30 meetings between the two teams. Their three previous victories were in Rizoupoli in 2003-2004, in Athens on Karaiskaki Stadium in 2006 and in Thessaloniki on Touba stadium in 1997. Of the remaining 27 matches between the two teams 19 finish with victory of the white-reds and 8 with a tie. 
Olympiakos (Bojidar Badovich): Nikopolidis, Pardo, Galitsos, Leonardo, Jevlakov, Pandos, Torosdis, Raul Bravo, A. Papadopoulos, Mellberg, Dudu, Stolidis, Oscar, Lendesma, Mareska, Datolo, Zairi, Diogo, Darbisir, Lua Lua 
PAOK (Fernando Santos): Halkias, Garcia, Vitolo, Enidio, Sorlen, Malezas, Kontreras, Lino, Vierina, Ivic, Shnautsener, Kresich, Arabadzis, Papazoglou, Fotakis, Koutsianikoulis, Savini, Cristiano 



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