Atromitos – AEK 1-1
A good result, considering we had to play more than a half of the game with ten players. We did win a point in the second half, but it could have been three.
Atromitos was stronger the first half. We let them come too much. Not that there where a lot of chances, but Atromitos had too much possession, so that we never got to play our own game. Blanco very lonely up front, but looking sharp. Jimenez responded by bringing Burns for Guerreiro in the 30th minute, trying to bring more strenght in our offense. Didn’t work. Then Papa Bouba Diop got his second yellow in the 39th minute. Quiet a stupid one too: foul on the midfield, no players of Atromitos in any position to score. It was a deserved yellow however (his first one was not in my opinion). As a reaction Scocco was taken out and replaced by Gentzoglou.
The second half was more of the same for a long time. Atromitos trying to put the pressure on but never really succeeded. Looked like the game would end 0-0, until Blanco made a brilliant rush and put us in front with only minutes to play. So all we had to do was to play a tight defense for something like five minutes. We didn’t. A cross from the left side was missed by three of our defenders before a Atromitos player scored from close by. Nothing Saja could do about it.