AEK 1 Dynamo Tbilisi 0…………….

A beautiful 87th minute header from Jose Carlos,our new no:10 and the man who’s come in to replace Nacho Scocco proved to be the difference in the 1st leg at the OAKA last night.Nikos Georgeas had the ball on the right,cut back inside on his left foot and delivered the perfect cross for Jose Carlos who sneaked in at the back post,heading downwards giving their keeper no chance.The 1 nil result leaves it all still to play for in Georgia but it must be pointed out that we had a perfect goal cancelled out for offside when replays clearly showed KALA had come from an onside position to head in Leonardo’s cross in stoppage time.
Manolo Jimenez started with a 4-2-3-1 formation for the first competitive game of the season.A crowd of about 20,000 was on hand with plenty of singing in the stands hoping for an exciting season ahead.Goalkeeper was another new signing in Konstantopoulos who looked very assured between the sticks,and was rarely troubled.With Georgeas at right back,Karabelas on the left,Manolas and Dellas in the centre,the defense was expected like this but what was unexpected was the injury to Dellas very early on and which threatens to keep him out of the 2nd leg.He was replaced by KALA who looks promising,strong boy,good in the air and on the ground.
Kafes and Makos began the game as the 2 defensive midfielders,Jose Carlos on the right of the attack,the one and only Eidur Gudjonsen on the left with Libe playing just behind another new signing in Steve BelLeck,whop also looks the goods,abit rough,but he’s only 21,plenty of pace,a nuisance in the box and with a better finish,could have also got on the score sheet,after he left his markers for dead with a great run from halfway in the 2nd period.
The 1st half performance from AEK was poor,lot of balls going astray,too much space between the midfield and forward lines and the Georgians looked ok in attack as their short nippy players took advantage and definitely were the better team for the most part of it,although like i mentioned,true goalscoring opportunities were very few and far between,for both teams.
The 2nd half started like the first and it was only when Libe was replaced by Leonardo in the 55th min that AEK started to assert themselves.He set up Gudjonsen but the latter’s shot wasn’t hard enough to beat the keeper.AEK by now were dominating with a few chances by cutting down Dynamo’s time on the ball,forcing them into errors and getting the ball in good field position.Jose Carlos had a great chance midway through when he shot from inside the box,the ball just dipping over the bar,their keeper beaten.Belleck also had a half chance with a header off target but if he keeps getting into good positions,I’m tipping the goals might not be far away from him.AEK by now were deserved of a goal but as time ticked away,the goal that seemed so elusive finally arrived.Jose Carlos celebrated by taking off,waving his jersey and going on a sprint,his happiness at scoring for AEK,there for all to see.
So to Georgia we go for the return leg,all to play for but if we keep our cool and play like we did in that 2nd half tonight,we should qualify for the group stage.The Georgians are not a bad side at all,but we do have the better players individually and much more height than them.My guess is that Jimenez will instruct to get high balls in the box at every opportunity,the advantage was that obvious.Keep a clean sheet at the other end,and we won’t have any problems.
p.s. Maccabi Tel Aviv 3 Pao 0 added to the celebration!!!!!!

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2 Responses to “AEK 1 Dynamo Tbilisi 0…………….”

  1. Great write-up bro. I saw the second half on a good stream at work. The centerbacks looked strong, Juan Carlos looked genuinely joyed to have scored to and to be playing for us and Bellek made quite an impression. I also though Glud was pretty invisible and the ref, while not horrible, was pretty easily fooled by Dinamo’s dives.

  2. Seriously, how did they give up a goal that quickly!

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