A late Nacho Scocco thunderbolt from the best part of 35 meters out,salvaged AEK 2-2 draw tonight at the OAKA.Our performance could be best described as mediocre,as the team only played “football” for 35 out of the 90 minutes.
Bajevic made afew changes to the team that accounted for Hajduk Split during the week.Out went Dellas,Jahic,Diop and Liberopoulos and in their places respectavely were Patsatsoglou,Nastouri,Makos and Blanco making his first start this year,The formation was also changed to a more classical 4-4-2 with Djebbour and Blanco up front.
In truth,AEK controlled most of the match and should of taken the lead as early as the 10th minute when Burns’s shot from the 6yd box hit the crossbar and bounced over.Chances were few and far between,Makos had his shot just sail wide and a penalty claim for Manolas was turned down,nothing new there.
On 43 minutes,Asteras had a corner,Arambatzis came out to punch but it fell straight to the Asteras player standing on the edge of the penalty area,who shot immediately hitting the underside of the crossbar and bouncing in.
The second half started similarly to the first,alot of misplaced passes from both teams contributing to a scrappy game.Onceagain we had a penaly turned down when Scocco was brought down inside the bow clearly,the ref ruling outside.The resulting free kick just ended wide from Scocco.Blanco had an opportunity from a long ball over the top,he got there first but his header was brilliantly saved by the Asters keeper.
Then things got worse,we lost the ball in midfield,cheaply once again,the Asteras sub whose name escapes me,unleashed a powerful shot from outside the area,leaving Arambatzis no chance.
So 2 nil down and 10 min to go,the temptation to switch off the television and go back to bed at 5.30 Australian time was great but someting told me to hang on a second.
2 minutes later and Scocco cross was met at the far post by Djebbour who hit the back of the net with a beautiful header and it was game on again at 2-1.
AEK were pumping long balls into the area now,hoping for a late miracle which kept on seeming to just elude us,until Scocco picked up the ball in midfield and you know the rest.Will try and post highlights on here soon.
We really needed to win today,however a point is better than none and considering Pao,Paok and Aris all dropped points,wasn’t the worst weekenf we’ve had,but we need to improve all areas of our game especially our consistency.Liberopoulos brought us back to life tonight but we can’t rely on him every week,everyone else has to step up!


2 Responses to “AEK 2 ASTERAS TRIPOLI 2……………….”

  1. Super disappointing, although better than a loss. At least they showed up to play in the Euro game. This team seems so inconsistent over the past few years.

  2. Seriously, as both you say, this inconsistency… I dont know! There’s no excuse for it! We’re seen these very players some very good football, if there are players out there who wont give 100 % each game, they shouldn’t be on this team. I know its kind of unfair, considering the chances, posts, and non penalty calls… but its been an issue now for a good two seasons, if not more!

    By the way, thanks Ross for the post! I spent about 60 minutes switching between streams till I found a really good one using veetle, at which point I had to leave (the score was still 0-1 when I left so the final outcome came as quite a surprise).

    Oh well, we just have to keep pushing forward. Asteras is never an easy team, I can’t say Im totally surprised we were left disapointed.


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