Xanthi 0 AEK 2

AEK traveled north on Saturday night,looking to get back on track after last weeks miserable game.And it was all positive for Manolo Jimenez and his team as we came away with the 3 points courtesy of goals from Leonardo and the seemingly never aging Liberopoulos.
Jimenez sprung some major selection surprises in this game with the idea of resting players for the upcoming midweek 2nd leg Greek Cup clash against pao.AEK lined up as follows,Saha
Argyriou,Nasuti,Jahic,Dadomo
Gentzoglou,Michel
Eder Leonardo
Kafes
Liberopoulos
On the bench were Scocco(who was not needded)Papa Boupa,Lagos,Saja,Geriero and a couple of youngsters from the “b” team.No Blanco at all,not sure if he was injured if anyone can clear this up.
Our goal arrived as early as the 3rd minute,Aryiriou’s low hard cross into the box was miskicked defensively by te Xanthi player,the ball falling to Leonardo on the edge of the 6 yd box who couldn’t miss and blasted home.Great start and it seemed to give the boys confidence as we started controlling most of the play and creating the odd 1/2 chance.Michel,in his first game,looked classy.Controlled the game well,nice distribution and with time will become a huge addition for us.Gentzoglou,who has been the target of a couple of Itallian clubs,played solidly,and in truth,formed a good combination with Michel.Kafes was great today,led by example,ran everywhere,looked dangerous with the ball near the box.Libe was Libe,his header from Leonardo’s corner in the 27th minute was world class.Falling backwards,he got his header into the “gamma” of the Xanthi keeper,unstoppable and a typical Libe goal.
Up 2 nil and cruising so AEK now sat back,with Xanthi having plenty of the ball but not really testing Arambatzis and AEK waiting for the counter.
The 2nd half pretty much continued in this manner and Xanthi did have a couple of big chances,but the central defensive patnetrship of Nasutti and Jahic were outstanding.Jahic,who was my Man Of The Match.I counted at least 5 times were his last ditch tackles saved almost certain goals.Dadomo was very average,but Karabellas did need a rest and Argyriou went ok but still very inexperienced.
Eder played his best match for AEK.Looked a threat down the right side,and when Libe was replaced,he went to striker and did a great jon,in fact,he should have had a penalty.Leonardo,supposedly playing for his AEK future,had a goal and an assist,so you can’t really fault that,but he did have some long ‘quiet spells’.Libe was our trooper,in the lone strikers role and played fine until rested.
The fans were awesome tonight,constant singing and a party atmosphere that only the Originals can create.Hopefully we can take this to the OAKA midweek,but i’m sure the fans will be out in numbers.Up 2 nil from the 1st leg,qualification into the last 4,should be a given.With Scocco,Blanco back,i see us winning by 2 again!

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3 Responses to “Xanthi 0 AEK 2”

  1. Oops,sorry,wasn’t Saja in goal at all,Arambatzis played the whole game.

  2. Chris Zap Says:

    ..and Arabajis was very solid. You wanted to know what was going on with Blanco. He is busy negotiating with PAO 😉

    As one of the headlines said, this team is driving us crazy. Another headline continued on Manolo’s comments, ie: that AEK is a Ferrari without an engine. The headline said the Ferrari is back with many new parts and Manolo as the driver.

    Anyways, lets see how we make out Wed night, a late night. I’ll be there 🙂

  3. Thanks for the review Ross!

    This team is crazy… but we got a nice three points against one of Olymiakos’ B-teams, hopefully we keep this momentum going!

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