Greeks Abroad Review: Donis scores wonderful goal in Bundesliga

Greeks Abroad Review: Donis scores wonderful goal in Bundesliga


AGONAsport’s Shaun Nicolaides rounds up the performances of Greeks playing in other leagues in this week’s Greeks Abroad Review.

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This time, it was young forward Anastasios Donis who made the headlines, as he unleashed a fantastic shot which beat Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in the Bundesliga. In the end, VfB Stuttgart contrived to lose that particular game 1:4, but Donis’ goal was the highlight.

In Italy, Panagiotis Tachtsidis dished out two assists in Serie B for Lecce, while Andreas Vasilogiannis tallied an assist of his own in the Turkish second tier. Konstantinos Mitroglou was handed a rare start for Marseille, Sokratis Papastathopoulos received an untimely injury, and goalkeeper Stefanos Kapino is still waiting for his opportunity with Werder Bremen.

MAIN MEN (Comprised of current/former national team players and/or those playing in high profile leagues):

Konstantinos Mitroglou (Marseille/Ligue 1): Started the 1:2 home defeat against Lille at home and was replaced after 74 minutes of play.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Arsenal/English Premier League): Received an injury in the FA Cup tie against Manchester United and was substituted after 21 minutes. Arsenal lost 1:3 in London.

Konstantinos Mavropanos (Arsenal/English Premier League): Wasn’t included in the squad for the FA Cup meeting.

Jose Cholevas (Watford/English Premier League): Missed Watford’s 1:0 triumph over Newcastle United in the FA Cup.

Panagiotis Retsos (Bayer Leverkusen/German Bundesliga): Still on the sidelines with an injury and didn’t play any part in the 3:0 away win over Wolfsburg.

Konstantinos Stafylidis (Augsburg/German Bundesliga): Received a yellow card in the 0:2 loss to Borussia Monchengladbach as he played the entire 90 minutes.

Anastasios Donis (VfB Stuttgart/German Bundesliga): Scored a stunning goal from long range as Stuttgart lost 1:4 at Bayern Munich. Started the game and was replaced on 74 minutes.

Stefanos Kapino (Werder Bremen/German Bundesliga): Sat on the bench with his team drawing 2:2 at home against Eintracht Frankfurt.

Kostas Manolas (AS Roma/Serie A): Booked by the referee while playing 90 minutes in a thrilling 3:3 draw with Atalanta.

Charalampos Lykogiannis (Cagliari/Serie A): Replaced at half-time of the 0:3 loss at Sassuolo.

Orestis Karnezis (Napoli/Serie A): Remained on the bench with Napoli picking up a 0:0 draw at AC Milan in Serie A.

Panagiotis Tachtsidis (Lecce/Serie B): The midfielder made two assists for Lecce’s goals in a 2:1 victory against Salernitana on the road. Took a yellow card and played the full 90 minutes.

Apostolos Vellios (Waasland-Beveren/Jupiler League): Sat on the bench in a 2:2 away draw against Charleroi.

Odysseas Vlachodimos (Benfica/Portuguese Primeira Liga): Kept on the bench as Benfica lost 1:3 against Porto at home in the semi-finals of the Portuguese League Cup.

Andreas Samaris (Benfica/Portuguese Primeira Liga): The Greek midfielder was given 90 minutes in the Portuguese League Cup semi-final with Porto.

Dimitris Siovas (Leganes/La Liga): Substituted at half-time in the 2:2 home draw against Eibar.

Giannis Maniatis (Alanyaspor/Turkish Super Lig): Wasn’t included in the squad with Alanyaspor defeating Ankaragucu 2:0 away from home.

Georgios Tzavellas (Alanyaspor/Turkish Super Lig): Played the entire 90 minutes with Alanyaspor proving too strong for Ankaragucu 2:0.

Alexandros Tziolis (Al Fayha/Saudi Professional League): Stayed on the pitch for the entirety of a comprehensive 1:5 home defeat against Al Hilal.

ENGLAND

Dimitris Konstantopoulos (Middlesbrough/English Championship): The back-up goalkeeper kept the bench warm as Middlesbrough could only draw 1:1 against Newport County in the FA Cup at home.

FRANCE

Panagiotis Vlachodimos (Nimes/Ligue 1): As usual, he wasn’t a member of the matchday squad. Nimes dropped a 0:2 setback at Nice.

HOLLAND

Pantelis Hatzidiakos (AZ Alkmaar/Eredivisie): Watched AZ Alkmaar defeat Heerenveen 2:0 on the road from the comfort of the substitutes’ bench.

Lazaros Lamprou (Fortuna Sittard/Eredivisie): Missing from the squad as Fortuna edged a tight encounter with Vittese in the Eredivisie 2:1.

Konstantinos Lamprou (Ajax/Eredivisie): Remained on the bench with Ajax heavily defeated 2:6 against rivals Feyenoord on the road.

Marios Vrousai (Willem II/Eredivisie): Played 90 minutes with Willem II registering a 1:0 win against Utrecht.

Evangelos Pavlidis (Willem II/Eredivisie): The fellow Greek also started the 1:0 victory over Utrecht, eventually being replaced after 60 minutes of action.

Kaloudis Lemonis (Telstar/Eerste Divisie): Wasn’t a part of the 1:1 draw away to Sparta Rotterdam.

BELGIUM

Giorgos Galitsios (Mouscron/Jupiler League): Kept on the bench with Mouscron defeating Genk 2:1 away from home.

Charis Charisis (Kortrijk/Jupiler League): The coaches opted to keep him as an unused substitute at the weekend. Kortrijk fell 1:2 at home to Gent.

Stergos Marinos (Charleroi/Jupiler League): The midfielder played 90 minutes in a 2:2 draw at home to Waasland-Beveren.

PORTUGAL

Nikolaos Ioannidis (Maritimo/Portuguese Primeira Liga): Did not play any part in a 0:2 home loss against Rio Ave on Monday.

TURKEY

Andreas Tatos (Altay/First League): Started the 1:1 draw against Afjet Afyonspor and was substituted with nine minutes remaining on the clock.

Andreas Vasilogiannis (Umraniyespor/First League): Popped up with an assist while playing 72 minutes of the 2:1 away triumph over Adanaspor in the second tier of Turkish football.

SCOTLAND

Marios Ogkmpoe (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): The forward wasn’t involved in the 0:3 defeat at reigning champions Celtic in Glasgow.

 

by Shaun Nicolaides

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