We won our match earlier today thanks to two goals from Scepovic and Samaris which put Panionios to the sword. We had an early evening kickoff which meant that I saw the game delayed. The early evening kickoff in the middle of the week didn't help the crowd achieve any sort of decent numbers either but this was to be expected.
It was kind of a shame that there were so few there as we played very well, certainly at the start of the game and Samaris' free kick which he scored from was a superb effort. Scepovic doubled the advantage a few minutes later and Samaris came close again (but wide) all in the first quarter of the match.
The remainder of the half didn't see any let up in our attacking. Scepovic rounded the keeper at one stage only to have the ball grabbed from his feet at the last moment and generally we looked very bright.
The second half saw more attacking play with the ball being cleared off the Panionios goalline at one stage. It was definitely good to see a decent display after the turgid affair on Sunday.
Perez was introduced in the 52nd minute to make his introduction to the team whilst Dominguez replaced Scepovic in the 59th. Scepovic put in a good display today and was unlucky not to have scored more than one goal.
In all, it was a good performance and a decent enough result. I believe that we have Veroia next (Saturday) and we should be really looking for another 3 points then.
Olympiakos 2-0 Panionios
Olympiakos : Roberto, Salino, Papadopoulos, Marcano, Holebas, Samaris (69' Pele), N'Dinga, Campbell(52' Perez), Saviola, Olaitan, Scepovic (59' Dominguez)
The team of 18 players for tonights game against Panionios was announced yesterday. There's no real surprises - Nelson Valdez is injured (already!), Perez makes his debut and Bong is dropped because he's shit.
Heres the full team for the match (starts 17.15) :-
Olympiakos : Roberto, Megyeri, Campbell, Dominguez, Holebas, Ibagaza, Machado, Pele, Papazoglou, Marcano, N'Dinga, Olaitan, Papadopoulos, Salino, Samaras, Saviola, Scepovic and Perez.
We made it 12-0 in the A1 Basket championship with another win for the season. This time our opponent was Panionios, playing away in our SEF arena and the final score was 87-73.
The first quarter was a smart bit of play from our team, we took over from early on and quickly reached a double digit lead (21-11), whilst the second quarter followed a similar pattern. Sloukas, Bartzoukas and Hines were the heroes of the first half and Bartzokas in particular got a large amount of points during the second quarter.
The second half continued in the same vein and we kept the lead at 11 points for long stretches of the third quarter. The scoreline bobbled about but finally finished as being +12 (68-56). The game was all set for the final quarter and we never disappointed. Printezis, Antic and Mantzaris all scored three point shots during this last stage and the result was a final score of 87-73. We now move onto Siena!
The final scores were :-
1st Quarter : Olympiakos 26-15 Panionios
2nd Quarter : Olympiakos 46-29 Panionios
3rd Quarter : Olympiakos 70-56 Panionios
4th Quarter : Olympiakos 87-73 Panionios
Olympiakos : Hines 6, Low 8, Antic 2, Spanoulis 13, Perperoglou 9, Sermantini 2, Sloukas 6, Powell 12, Printezis 16), Papanikolaou 8, Mantzaris 5.
We played Panionios in Nea Smyrni during our Matchday 15 tie and went on to win the game by a 1-2 scoreline.
Despite a very cagey opening from our team, we soon recovered and went on the offensive. The first goal was scored by Panionios, against the run of play, by Christos Aravidis after some shit defending allowed him to shoot on goal. We kept the pressure up though and were rewarded with our efforts by an equalising goal some five minutes later. Here Spyropoulos totally miskicked his clearance and pushed the ball in entirely the wrong direction and into the net!! We came close to taking the lead right at the death of the first half but both Djebbour and Modesto fluffed their chances.
We continued to pressurise in the second half and the addition of Mitroglou gave us more of an offensive edge. Mitroglou had two direct chances on goal bounce off the goalpost though and we had real trouble in getting the final ball into the box to one of our players. Panionios also had a couple of chances of their own on goal but largely the game was in our favour. Eventually we got the second goal in the 82nd minute thanks to a Rafik Djebbour knock-in and we looked set to win the game when Panionios were reduced to 10 men shortly afterwards.
The win sees us climb to 11 points clear at the top of the table and ready for the winter break.
Panionios 1-2 Olympiakos
31' Spyripoulos (og)
Olympiakos : Carroll, Maniatis, Manolas, Contreras, Holebas, Greco (46' Mitroglou), Modesto, Ibagaza, Machado (67' Fuster), Abdoun (90' Papazoglou), Djebbour
The club has announced the signing of Dimitris Siovas from Panionios on a four year deal. He has played 33 times in the last season scoring 2 goals (he plays as a central defender). The announcement from the club simply stated :-
"Olympiakos FC announces the purchase of Dimitris Siovas for the next four years"
Olympiakos made a very good performance in the mens polo quarter final against Panionios eventually winning the match 16-7. The win ensures that we go onto the final-4 competition in Argostoli on the 18th and 19th May.
The scores are :-
Panionios 7-16 Olympiakos
1st Octalepta : Panionios 3-5 Olympiakos
2nd Octalepta : Panionios 0-4 Olympiakos
3rd Octalepta : Panionios 1-2 Olympiakos
4th Octalepta : Panionios 3-5 Olympiakos