Our second away derby of the season and we kicked off the game in the hope of a victory and the 3 points. AEK were the team to have the earliest chance in the game though with our defence being caught napping although the play was immediately called back for offside. After this opening move though, we took control of the ball in midfield and started to make moves on the AEK goalmouth. A quick counterattack down our right by Scocco showed that we should not be too complacent but we were holding our own in these early exchanges.
After the opening five minutes had passed, we were taking control of the ball more and passing with a lot more certainty. AEK were still having some control of the ball but were not looking assured on their control, shooting too long and generally being closed down by our defence. Scocco on the AEK left was proving to be a handful and Jahic on the right also took a long range effort on our goal but found PArdo easily capable of saving the shot. In all across the opening 15 minutes, the game was very open and chances for both teams were pretty much equal.
We had a half chance on goal in the 20th minute with a soft shot from Kevin Mirallas but their keeper was able to get both hands on the ball and stop anything from happening. We also found that as Riera had been injured in a clumsy tackle from an AEK player earlier, he neeed to be replaced in the 22nd minute of the game by Ariel Ibagaza. After this replacement had been made, we went forward once again and started to pressurise on the AEK goalmouth albeit without any significant success. AEK still continued to test our defence on occassion but again Pardo was found waiting for any of their chances and again nothing was forthcoming for their team when faced with our defence.
A dumb handball from Hurtado gave AEK a chance on our goal from just outside of the box but as their players blazed the ball into the wall, it gave us the chance to test their defences further down the pitch. In reply we managed to counter attack all the way down the pitch but then Mirallas fluffed his shot when in the 1-on-1 situation and his attempted lob over the keeper was easily caught. A second free kick for AEK from just 18 metres out was similarly hacked straight at our defensive wall and after a couple of negligable corners, the threat was removed. AEK made a couple more chances at coming forward with our defence having to work hard on occasion to avoid any goals but by and large, we were playing quite well defensively and AEK were unable to make any headway against us. The half ended after two minutes of additional time with AEK missing a golden chance on our goal from a header, and as we went back into the dressing room we could think ourselves to be fortunate not to be behind. Unfortunately AEK have been the better side so far in my opinion, we are looking quiet disjointed out there.
At halftime, we make our second change of the game with Marko Pantelic replacing David Fuster. Mirallas moved to the left wing and Pantelic became the new lone striker. The second half also saw us play with a little more urgency and this was shown early on in the half when we had some chances starting to be made on the AEK goalmouth. Nothing significant though, just some glimpses of chances which could have been more decisive for us. Whilst Pantelic broke into the box through in one of our attacks, he was forced down with a push from behind for a penalty. Dudu took the penalty shot and unfortunately shot the ball into the crossbar and over the net. A terrible piece of luck for us as we really should have been ahead now.
After the penalty shot, AEK take some of the pressure off their defence by launching some attacks of their own on our goal. Luckily they make no headway with any of these but at times our defence is stretched quite badly and it takes us some minutes to recover. When we do recover though, we take the ball all the way up the pitch to the edge of the AEK box and force their entire team to sit back in their box. Our improved attacking play in the second half though is not making too much inroads on the AEK defence and we are still having trouble with getting the ball into a decent position in the box. Part of this is due to our own play whilst AEK are also defending in depth a lot more as the clock ticks onwards.
Now in the last 15 minutes of the game, it seems that anyone is still capable of winning this game. We are having the better of the attcking play but AEK are countering with their own attacks and manage to grab some free kicks from the most advantageous positions (although they manage to blow it time and time again). For our side though, we have a good shot on goal courtesy of Holebas which the keeper spills but nothing of much note apart from this.
We make our final substitution in the 85th minute with Fetfatzidis replacing Rommedahl and again, make some attempts at getting the ball forward. Fetfatzidis didn't have to wait long for his first chance with the ball, making a run from the right wing all the way to the left edge of the box. Unfortunately due to the amount of bodies that AEK placed into the box) we couldn't manage to get the last pass in. In reply AEK manage to finally grab the goal with a run from the left, a low pass through several defenders legs and a simple tap in from Blanco at the far side of the box when no-one had picked him up.
A terrible time to concede (90') and some dreadful marking to gift the goal to AEK. We had looked better in the second half but this is football and unfortunately these things happen from time to time.
The game finished after 6(!) minutes of extra time and we have now lost both of our away derbies that we have played so far.
Olympiakos : Pardo, Modesto, Holebas, A.Papadopoulos, Potoouridis, Dudu, Hurtado, Fuster (46' Pantelic), Riera (22' Ibagaza), Rommedahl (86' Fetfatzidis), Mirallas.