Greeks Abroad Review: Mitroglou and Manolas score key goals

Greeks Abroad Review: Mitroglou and Manolas score key goals

.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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In an impressive showing, four Greeks managed to hit the target. Kostas Manolas scored the opener in Roma’s 3:0 win against Torino, before striker Kostas Mitroglou netted the winner for Marseille in a 2:1 victory over Toulouse in Ligue 1. Georgios Samaras grabbed a goal in Turkey’s second division, while Marios Ogkmpoe got himself on the scoresheet in the Scottish Premiership.

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

Kostas Mitroglou (Marseille/Ligue 1): Entered the action after 73 minutes, scoring seconds later to help Marseille defeat Toulouse 2:1 on the road.

Andreas Samaris (Benfica/Portuguese Premiera Liga): Remained on the bench during Benfica’s 2:0 home victory over Aves.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Borussia Dortmund/German Bundesliga): Joined the match on the 87th minute mark in Dortmund’s dramatic last-gasp 3:2 triumph against Frankfurt.

Panagiotis Retsos (Bayer Leverkusen/German Bundesliga): Introduced as a stoppage time substitute. Bayer defeated Borussia Monchengladbach 2:0.

Kyriakos Papadopoulos (Hamburg/German Bundesliga): Played the entire 90 minutes of Hamburg’s 0:6 thrashing at Bayern Munich.

Tasos Donis (Stuttgart/German Bundesliga): Didn’t move from the bench in the 0:0 draw with RB Leipzig.

Jose Holebas (Watford/English Premier League): Picked up a yellow card while playing the full 90 minutes in the 0:3 defeat to Arsenal.

Orestis Karnezis (Watford/English Premier League): Currently Watford’s starting goalkeeper, he conceded three in the same match.

Konstantinos Mavropanos (Arsenal/English Premier League): Played no part in the 3:0 Arsenal victory.

Kostas Stafylidis (Stoke City/English Premier League): Stayed on the pitch for the entirety of Stoke’s 0:2 loss against league leaders Manchester City at home.

Stefanos Kapino (Nottingham Forest/English Championship): As usual, the back-up goaltender stayed on the bench. Nottingham drew 0:0 with Derby County.

Apostolos Vellios (Nottingham Forest/English Championship): Kept Stefanos Kapino company with the other substitutes.

Kostas Manolas (AS Roma/Serie A): Opened the scoring against Torino with a bullet header. Played the whole match in Roma’s 3:0 win.

Vassilis Torosidis (Bologna/Serie A): Remained on the bench in Bologna’s close 0:1 home loss against Atalanta.

Charalampos Lykogiannis (Cagliari/Serie A): Not included in Cagliari’s roster. His team drew 2:2 with Lazio at home.

Georgios Tzavellas (Alanyaspor/Turkish Superlig): Competed for the whole 90 minutes in Alanyaspor’s large 4:1 thumping of Basaksehir. 

Giannis Maniatis (Alanyaspor/Turkish Superlig): Stayed on the bench in the same match.

Georgios Samaras (Samsunspor/First League): Hit the target on 75 minutes, played the whole game but Samsunspor eventually lost 1:2 to Gaziantepspor after a late collapse.

Michalis Sifakis (Samsunspor/First League): Played the entire match between the sticks, letting in two goals during the final ten minutes.

Giannis Gianniotas (Valladolid/Segunda Division): Was introduced as a substitute after 66 minutes of the 0:0 tie against Alcorcon.

Giannis Fetfatzidis (Al Ahli/Saudi Professional League): Played 80 minutes of Al Ahli’s 1:0 away victory over Al Qadisiya.

Alexandros Tziolis (Al Fayha/Saudi Professional League): Given the full 90 minutes on the pitch in the 0:0 draw against Al-Shabab on the road.

Nikolaos Karelis (Genk/Jupiler League): Made an assist in the 1:2 loss to Gent at home, also earned a yellow card and played the whole game.

Carlos Zeca (Copenhagen/Danish Superliga): Participated in the thrilling 4:3 home victory against Helsingor for the whole game and took a booking.

Sotiris Ninis (Maccabi Petah-Tikva/Israeli Premier League): The club dropped a 0:2 away defeat to Maccabi Tel-Aviv without the Greek in their squad.


Dimitrios Konstantopoulos (Middlesbrough/English Championship): Stayed on the bench in Middlesbrough’s 2:0 home win over Barnsley.

Andreas Bouchalakis (Nottingham Forest/English Championship): Couldn’t be found in Nottingham’s match roster.

Ilias Chatzitheodoridis (Cheltenham Town/English League 2): Started the 3:0 away win against Swindon, being replaced after 85 minutes of action.


Giannis Gelios (Augsburg/German Bundesliga): Once again, the Greek wasn’t included in Augsburg’s match roster. His club beat Hannover 3:1.

Dimitris Diamantakos (St Pauli/German Bundesliga 2): Remained on the substitutes’ bench during the 0:0 home tie with Braunschweig.


Stergos Marinos (Charleroi/Jupiler League): Despite playing 90 minutes, he couldn’t prevent Charleroi from losing 0:2 against Kortrijk.

Dimitris Kolovos (Mechelen/Jupiler League): Not on the Mechelen roster for the 2:0 home win over Waasland Beveren.

Giorgos Koutroubis (Standard Liege/Jupiler League): Kept the bench warm in the 3:2 victory against Oostende on the road.

Georgios Galitsios (Mouscron/Jupiler League): Mouscron were beaten heavily by Eupen 0:4 with the Greek staying on the bench.

Charis Charisis (Sint-Truiden/Jupiler League): Still on the sidelines with an abdominal strain. Sint-Truiden suffered a 0:1 setback against Club Brugge.

Stelios Kitsiou (Sint-Truiden/Jupiler League): Received a yellow card in the same Belgian league match and played 90 minutes.

Dimitris Goutas (Sint-Truiden/Jupiler League): Was given a short run-out as a stoppage time substitute.

Athanasios Papazoglou (Kortrijk/Jupiler League): Came on the final minute of the 2:0 win against Charleroi.


Marinos Oikonomou (Bari/Serie B): Not present in the Bari roster in the 2:2 draw with Pro Vercelli at home.

Dimitris Konstantinidis (Brescia/Serie B): Also didn’t play any part in his club’s fixture. Brescia fell to Novara 1:2.

Michalis Iliadis (Salernitana/Serie B): Didn’t compete in Salernitana’s 2:0 win against Avellino.


Andreas Tatos (Elazigspor/First League): Started the 1:2 loss to Gaziantep, leaving the pitch after 84 minutes of play.

Andreas Vasilogiannis (Umraniyespor/First League): Played the entirety of Umraniyespor’s 2:0 triumph over Manisaspor.


Anastasios Karamanos (Feirense/Portuguese Premiera Liga): Feirense lost 1:2 to Rio Ave with the Greek forward coming onto the pitch with four minutes left to play.


Alexandros Katranis (St Etienne/Ligue 1): For the third consecutive match, St Etienne earned a draw, this time 2:2 against Rennes. Alexandros Katranis wasn’t on the roster.

Panagiotis Vlachodimos (Nimes/Ligue 2): Entered the pitch after 86 minutes in Nimes’ 4:1 away victory over Orleans.

Giannis Charontakis (AC Ajaccio/Ligue 2): Not in his team’s squad for the 2:0 win against Quevilly Rouen at home.


Dimitris Siovas (Leganes/La Liga): Took a yellow card and played the entirety of Leganes’ 0:2 away defeat against Athletic Bilbao.


Kostas Lamprou (Ajax/Eredivisie): Ajax’ number two goalkeeper stayed on the bench in the 4:1 win over Heerenveen in Amsterdam.

Konstantinos Tsimikas (Willem II/Eredivisie): With a yellow card to his name, the defender was replaced after 51 minutes. Willem 11 slaughtered PSV 5:0.

Pantelis Hatzdiakos (AZ Alkmaar/Eredivisie): Replaced at half-time in the 1:2 setback to Feyenoord in Rotterdam.

Thanasis Karagounis (Twente/Eredisivie): Stuck in the relegation zone, Twente lost 1:2 against Heracles without the Greek in their squad.


Georgios Sarris (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): Not in the Hamilton squad for the 2:0 home victory over Motherwell.

Giannis Skondras (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): Also not given a chance by the Hamilton head coach.

Chrysovalantis Kozoronis (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): Just like the other two, he wasn’t in the roster.

Marios Ogkmpoe (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): Unlike his Greek teammates, the forward played 72 minutes and scored the winning goal in the first-half.


Stefanos Athanasiadis (Maccabi Haifa/Israeli Premier League): Didn’t play in the 0:0 away draw with Ashkelon.


Savvas Gentsoglou (Hajduk Split/HNL): Played the whole match in the 3:2 win against Istra 1961.

Charalampos Mavrias (Rijeka/HNL): Wasn’t in the Rijeka squad for the 3:0 away victory over Zapresic. 


Sotirios Papagiannopoulos (Ostersunds/Allsvenskan): Did not play any part in Ostersunds’ 1:0 Swedish Cup quarter-final triumph against GAIS.


Georgios Katidis (Olympia Prague/Division 2): Olympia’s captain earned his team a 0:0 draw against Trinec in the second tier of Czech football. Played 90 minutes.


Mavroudis Bougaidis (Podbeskidzie/Polish League 1): Remained on the pitch for the entirety of the 0:0 tie with Chojniczanka.


Nikos Ioannidis (Diosgyori/Nemzeti Bajnoksag): Came on for the whole second half in the 1:4 loss against Videoton away from home.


Giorgos Katsikas (Dinamo Bucharesti/Liga 1): Played the 90 minutes in Monday’s 2:0 home win over Gaz Metan in the Romanian Liga 1.

Sokratis Fytanidis (Gaz Metan/Liga 1): After 76 minutes of play, he was substituted in the same match.


Giannis Kargas (Dinamo Brest/Belarusian Premier League): Stayed on the pitch for the whole game in the 2:1 Super Cup triumph over league champions BATE Borisov.


Mark Sifenos (Goa FC/Indian Premier League): In the Indian Premier League playoffs semi-final first leg against Chennaiyin, he entered the pitch on 89 minutes in a 1:1 draw. On Tuesday, Goa lost the second match 0:3 with the Greek playing the final 23 minutes.

by Shaun Nicolaides
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