-- Fortounis Comes On and Sparks Olympiacos Comeback --
GREEK SOCCER CUP - QUARTER-FINALS (LEG 2)
|Atromitos||1 - 2||Olympiacos|
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Kostas Fortounis was subbed on in the second half and led Olympiacos to a 1-2 comeback victory over Atromitos as the Erythrolefki clinched their place into the Greek Cup semi-finals.
After a goalless first leg in Piraeus, both Atromitos and Olympiacos were in the hunt to contest a place in Greek Cup semi-finals. Neither team was able to find the breakthrough in the opening 45 minutes of play with Olympiacos seeing most of the ball and creating the better chances in the first half.
However, one minute after the restart it was Atromitos who struck with Duada as the hosts took a 1-0 lead in what looks to be a goal from an offsides position. Duada was the hero for Atromitos in the Round of 16, scoring all four goals for his side over the two legs to knockout out Lamia.
With Olympiacos facing elimination, Paulo Bento quickly strengthened Olympiacos’ attack by subbing on Kostas Fortounis and the young Greece international quickly made the difference.
In the 63rd minute, his perfectly placed free kick found the head of Romao, bringing Olympiacos level 1-1 on the night. The goal came with double joy as the away goal gave the visitors the advantage on aggregate. Fortounis was not done their and just eight minutes later with a header of his own (from de la Bella’s cross) sealed Olympiacos’ place in the semifinals of the Greek Cup with a 1-2 victory. da Costas was sent off in the 83rd minute for a second yellow card offense and will miss this weekend's derby away to PAOK in the Superleague.
As for Atromitos, they were unable to capitalize on their lead and they failed to threaten the Olympiacos goal for the rest of the match. Despite a run to the quarterfinals, they will be disappointed to bow out of this year’s competition.
Olympiacos will now join AEK, Panathinaikos, and PAOK in the Greek Cup semifinals with the “big four” expected to battle it out for this year’s title.