AEK 5 SYDNEY FC 3……………………….

What a fantastic start to the Festival Of Football Tournament.AEK and Sydney Fc kicked off proceedings at 12:45 pm and considering the team arrived on Thursday night 8 pm and had less than 48 hrs to prepare in the local conditions with a light training run,(attended by about 300 AEK fans from Sydney and about 100 ORIGINALS mostly from Melbourne with a mixture of locals),the boys put in an awesome display.
Bajevic started the game with Arambatzis between the sticks.At right fullback Jahic,Left fullback Lagos.The central defensive patnership cosisted of Majstorovic and Manolas.Scocco started on the left of midfield,Leonardo on the right with Kafes and Gentzoglou literally running the show,in the middle of the park.Up front Blanco was partnered by Liberopoulos and it was like the old combination had never played apart.
The game itself started with Sydney winning the early challenges and generally being on top.That lasted for about 15 mins in which after our players superior technical skill and understanding of the game started to shine.Kafes was really starting to pull the strings and Liberopoulos got into the game when a few half chances fell our way.On 30 min a throw was delightfully laid off by Libe into the path of Leonardo who drove into the penalty area untouched and finshed brilliantly from 9 yds out.The goal sent the 100 plus Originals into delirium with about 1000 other aek fans scattered throught the stadium.
2 min later,a Sydney cross into the area was handelled by Kafes.Penalty and 1-1.Not long after Kafes made up for his error when a flick on from a Scocco corner was met at the far post by Blanco who couldn’t miss from 2 yards out.Half time,AEK 2-1 and time for a ciggarette.
Barely had we sat down for the 2nd half when Arambatzis made one of those errors keepers cant get away with if they get it wrong.A back pass should have been cleared but he took 1 touch too many,slipped and gifted Sydney their second goal,2-2.
After a few sharp words from Bajevic on the sidelines,the boys picked up a couple of gears.Leonardo missed a 1-on-1,then Libe scored when he turned his defender inside out then hit the top corner with a left foot curler.AEK were piling on all the pressure now,Burns came on for Blanco to the delight of the whole crowd,and immediately had a chance flagged offside,but he looked sharp in his 25 min.Scocco,who was having a good game and if it wasnt for the overly watered pitch,would have mesmerised them more often,scored when he seized on a backpass and wrong footed their keeper 4-2.Kafes completed the scoring when a similar chance from Libe’s goal was parried by the keeper and Kafes finished from close range.Sydney got a consolation goal at the end and it finished 5-3.Everyone played well,there wasn’t a bad player out there today,good to see Dellas back,he replaced Manolas with 10 min to go and Eder ,our new sighning shows plenty of promise.
In the later game,Glasgow Rangers beat Blackburn Rovers 2-1,the table is as follows after 1 game each.AEK 8 PTS,Rangers 5pts,Sydney 3pts,Rovers 2 points.The sysytem is 3 points for a win,1 for draw and a point for every goal scored,so AEK’S goal fest today holds ythem in good stead.
P.S. AEK must scoring goals in sydney,the last time they played here in 1979 was a 5-5 draw.Lets hope we can get another 5 against Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday night.
P.P.S. Was able to get some great photos at AEK’S training session on Sat night,will post soon!


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