Greeks Abroad Review: Mitroglou and Siovas score notable goals in Europe
AGONAsport’s Shaun Nicolaides rounds up the performances of Greeks playing in other leagues in this week’s Greeks Abroad Review.
Marseille striker Kostas Mitroglou kept up his excellent run in France, but despite scoring the winning goal in a victory against Amiens, his club failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League. Defender Dimitris Siovas grabbed a goal for Leganes in the home win over Real Betis, while Thomas Vasiliou hit the target in the second tier of Czech football.
Elsewhere, Kostas Manolas had a large hand in Roma’s slender win against Sassuolo, Giannis Gianniotas dished out an assist in Spain and Giannis Kargas won the Belarusian Cup with Dynamo Brest.
MAIN MEN (Comprised of current/former national team players and/or Greeks playing in high profile leagues):
Kostas Mitroglou (Marseille/Ligue 1): Scored the winning goal in a 2:1 victory over Amiens in the final Ligue 1 match of the season. Played 71 minutes.
Kostas Manolas (AS Roma/Serie A): His shot went down as an own goal in the 1:0 win against Sassuolo on Sunday. Remained on the pitch for the entire match.
Vassilis Torosidis (Bologna/Serie A): Picked up a yellow card while competing for the full 90 minutes in the 0:1 loss to Udinese on the road.
Georgios Tzavellas (Alanyaspor/Turkish Superlig): Stayed on the bench in the dramatic 3:2 triumph against Antalyaspor.
Giannis Maniatis (Alanyaspor/Turkish Superlig): Wasn’t included in the Alanyaspor for the same match in Turkey.
Giannis Gianniotas (Valladolid/Segunda Division): Came off the bench after 71 minutes of the 5:1 win against Lorca, contributing with an assist for his team’s fourth goal.
Nikolaos Karelis (Genk/Jupiler League): Kept the other substitutes company during an impressive 2:1 victory over Anderlecht in Brussels.
Carlos Zeca (Copenhagen/Danish Superliga): Missed the 0:2 loss against Midtjylland, but he played 90 minutes in the 0:0 draw with Nordsjaelland on Monday.
Giorgos Koutroubis (Standard Liege/Jupiler League): Didn’t move from the bench in Standard Liege’s 0:0 tie against Charleroi.
Stergos Marinos (Sint-Truiden/Jupiler League): Nowhere to be seen in the squad on Saturday. Sint-Truiden drew 1:1 with Lokeren.
Stelios Kitsiou (Sint-Truiden/Jupiler League): Unfortunately, he missed a penalty on 71 minutes. The 24-year old played the entire game against Lokeren at home.
Charis Charisis (Sint-Truiden/Jupiler League): Played the full match with Lokeren in the top flight of Belgian football.
Dimitris Goutas (Sint-Truiden/Jupiler League): Another who was given 90 minutes in the same game.
Athanasios Papazoglou (Kortrijk/Jupiler League): Entered the action against Waasland-Beveren after 78 minutes. The match ended in a 3:1 victory for Kortrijk.
Georgios Galitsios (Mouscron/Jupiler League): Stayed on the bench in the large 5:0 victory against Leuven at home.
Marinos Oikonomou (Bari/Serie B): Played the full 90 minutes of the 2:0 win over Carpi in Serie B.
Michalis Iladis (Salernitana/Serie B): As usual, the goalkeeper remained on the bench as Salernitana lost 0:2 at home to Palermo.
Dimitris Konstantinidis (Brescia/Serie B): Wasn’t involved in the 0:0 draw against Ascoli on the road.
Alexandros Katranis (St Etienne/Ligue 1): Not included in the St Etienne roster for the 5:0 victory against Lille.
Giannis Charontakis (AC Ajaccio/Ligue 2): Didn’t play in the 3:2 penalty shootout win over Le Havre in the promotion playoffs semi-final.
Dimitris Siovas (Leganes/La Liga): Hit the target for Leganes in the 3:2 win over Real Betis and played the entire match.
Savvas Gentsoglou (Hajduk Split/HNL): Received the full 90 minutes in a 1:3 away defeat to Rijeka in Croatia.
Charalampos Mavrias (Rijeka/HNL): Did not participate in the same HNL match.
Sotirios Papagiannopoulos (Ostersunds/Allsvenskan): Played the entirety of Ostersunds’ important 3:2 victory against Sundsvall on the road.
Konstantinos Stavrothanasopoulos (Frej/Superettan): Had to be replaced after 27 minutes of the home match against Landskrona. His club Frej claimed a 2:1 win.
Georgios Katidis (Olympia Prague/League 2): The Olympia Prague captain played the full 90 minutes in the 4:1 win against Znojmo.
Thomas Vasiliou (Olympia Prague/League 2): Netted the final goal in the same match and was given the entire game. Cypriot defender Dimitris Moulazimis also scored in the game against Znojmo at home.
Mavroudis Bougaidis (Podbeskidzie/Polish League 1): Took a yellow card in the 0:2 defeat to Zagłębie Sosnowiec and played 90 minutes.
Thanos Petsos (Rapid Vienna/Austrian Bundesliga): Stayed on the bench during Rapid Vienna’s 4:1 triumph over Altach in the Austrian capital.
Nikos Ioannidis (Diosgyori/Nemzeti Bajnoksag): On 66 minutes, the Greek forward came off the bench to play the remainder of the 1:0 win against Paks.
Sokratis Fytanidis (Gaz Metan/Liga 1): He stayed on the bench in the 1:0 victory over Voluntari, however the defender still managed to receive a booking from the referee.
Alexandros Fioretos (Gaz Metan/Liga 1): Just like his fellow Greek, he remained an unused substitute in the same match.
Giorgos Katsikas (Dinamo Bucharesti/Liga 1): Remained on the pitch for the full 90 minutes in the 4:0 win against Concordia away from home.
Christos Kontochristos (Lokomotiv Sofia/Vtora Liga): Watched Lokomotiv Sofia’s 3:2 triumph over Botev Galabovo from the comfort of the substitutes’ bench.
Giannis Kargas (Dynamo Brest/Belarusian Premier League): Helped Dynamo Brest win the Belarusian Cup 3:2 by playing the entire game in the final against BATE Borisov.
Alexandros Tambakis (North Carolina/USL): The young goalkeeper conceded four goals in the 1:4 away defeat to Cincinnati.