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.
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.