Σάββατο, 13 Νοεμβρίου 2010 19:52

Ergotelis 0-0 Olympiakos (First half only...)

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Despite some pretty atrocious weather conditions, we finally got the game ahead after the cleaners had been onto the pitch to literally sweep the excess water off from the pitch and onto the side. We got the game going but the going was very heavy with the water on the pitch slowing the ball down a huge amount and making the game very ponderous and plodding. Despite this though, we were making the best of the ball and getting some chances on goal. The best of which came from set pieces with Riera in particular getting an early header on target although Daskalakis (Ergotelis keeper) managed to save the effort.
The amount of water on the pitch was not just slowing dow the ball it was also making it hard for our players to gauge how much power to place into powers and made tackling and technical play far more difficult but at the end of the opening quarter hour, we were making slightly more out of the game than Ergotelis were.

Ergotelis' best chances also came from set pieces in the main but although they did have their first real effort on goal on the fifteen minute mark, Pardo was easily capable of saving the header on goal. Apart from this, it was the same as the first fifteen minutes. We were largely in control of the possession were having trouble in making any real efforts on the goal. When we eventually did get the ball into the net (just at the same time as my inconsistent stream died!), Torosidis was called back for offside and his goal disallowed although replays seemed to show that Torosidis was onside when the ball was played. Our fans are continuing with the great support that they have shown all match, turning an away fixture into a home tie with all of the support that they give.

As the half continues, the weather does not get any better and the already saturated pitch is certainly getting no better in quality. As mentioned earlier, this is leading to the ball slowing down and our usually good technical play being forced into a physical slugging match. Theres certainly nothing pretty about this match and as the time starts to move on half-time, it appears that we are not going to see any goals in this half. The game itself is very bogged down into a hit and move style of match with hardly any passes meeting their targets and a large number of balls being intercepted.
The halftime whistle is blown after 2 minutes of additional time and we go into the changing rooms with a 0-0 scoreline.

One stat to mention which sums up this half:-
Shots on goal : Ergotelis 2-5 Olympiakos

During the break, the rain continues to fall and the first thing that the referee does when he comes back onto the field is to delay the game by 15 minutes so that the pitch can be further cleared. After some frantic work by Ergotelis' ground staff (including getting the leaf blower on it!), the pitch unfortunately is not cleared enough and the remainder of the game is postponed until later. (tomorrow?)

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