Iraklis 0-1 AEK

Well, after a long sixteen game wait, AEK finally got its first away win of the season, as well as its first back to back wins.

The team’s performance overall was not wonderful, especially not compared to the performance they displayed against PAOK only a week earlier. In fact, the football that the team played brought back memories of when AEK was still under the management of Donis. It was slow, sloppy, football, similar to that played by amateur teams. The midfield was clearly missing Kafes (he was not included, most likely due to cards) and Pelletieri lacked much creativity. The defense was weak at times, and Iraklis managed to penetrate many times. The offence, who didnt have much support from the midfield, couldnt do much. Most of the significant chances for AEK came from set plays.

Overall, there was no rhythm, no smooth passing, no quick paced football that we saw last weekend. The result, nonetheless, is a great one. AEK badly need to get points whenever they can, and to do that against Iraklis, who is a team that can always shock even the biggest opponents (they held PAO to a 2-2 away draw earlier this year), is something that team should be proud of right now. Sure, great football is nice, but the three points are what are needed most at this point. And the results are coming now.

Hopefully, Bajevic will be able to use this weeks Cup game against Kerkyra to fine tune the team before we play Panionios this weekend, and Olympiakos next weekend.

Iraklis were dissalowed  a goal, which some could argue was a perectly legite goal. I personally am not an expert, but maybe AEKBaltimore will be able to tell. AEK were also dissalowed a goal late in the second. The ref called Blanco for offsides even though the replays showed that he was perfectly onside.

Blanco promised hed score this game and surely enough he scored. He is tied with Galetti for top scorer now.

Unfortunately, an old Iraklis fan had a heart attack on the pitch when he went to gather his children. He was taken to a hospital in Thessaloniki where he eventually died.

PAO play Aris tonight, while PAOK play Panthrakikos. Olympiakos beat Panserraikos 1-0 last night.

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2 Responses to “Iraklis 0-1 AEK”

  1. gday great blog. been reading it a bit to get some info on australian Nathan BUrns, but he doesnt seem to be gettin close to a game. u got any news on him at all? cheers

  2. Hey Ben. As of lately, Burns hasnt been getting any playing time with the main team. Hes a very good player but AEK already has three great strikers to choose from and they are all generally reliable. Burns however has been playing great with the junior team, who is first in the standings (one point ahead of Panserraikos). In a recent game he scored two goals.

    He was actually on the roster for tonight’s Greek Cup game against Aigaleo which just ended, 1-0 for AEK. However, we were having trouble scoring so I guess Bajevic didnt want to play him yet. Im sure he’ll get some play time against a lower team soon. If not then he should be loant out so he can get regular play time at a higher level. He is a good player who has a bright future I think.

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