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.
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.
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.
Panagiotis Vlachodimos (Nimes/Ligue 1): As usual, he wasn’t a member of the matchday squad. Nimes dropped a 0:2 setback at Nice.
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.
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.
Nikolaos Ioannidis (Maritimo/Portuguese Primeira Liga): Did not play any part in a 0:2 home loss against Rio Ave on Monday.
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.
Marios Ogkmpoe (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): The forward wasn’t involved in the 0:3 defeat at reigning champions Celtic in Glasgow.