Greeks Abroad Review: Retsos and Manolas score historic goals
AGONAsport’s Shaun Nicolaides rounds up the performances of Greeks playing in other leagues in this week’s Greeks Abroad review.
The headlines initially went to 19-year old Bayer Leverkusen defender Panagiotis Retsos, who scored the first professional goal of his career in the thumping 4:1 victory against RB Leipzig. However, on Tuesday evening, Greek centre-back Kostas Manolas netted AS Roma’s third marker in an incredible 3:0 UEFA Champions League victory over Barcelona.
Elsewhere, Georgios Katsidis found the net for Olympia Prague in the Czech Republic, Orestis Karnezis and Jose Holebas lost with Watford and Sokratis Papastathopoulos helped Borussia Dortmund beat Tasos Donis’ Stuttgart.
MAIN MEN (Comprised of current/former national team players and/or Greeks playing in other leagues):
Kostas Mitroglou (Marseille/Ligue 1): Emerged as a substitute after 59 minutes in the 0:0 home draw against Montpellier.
Andreas Samaris (Benfica/Portuguese Premiera Liga): Entered the pitch in the final moments of stoppage time as Benfica defeated Setubal 2:1.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Borussia Dortmund/German Bundesliga): Played the full 90 minutes of the 3:0 victory against Stuttgart in Dortmund.
Tasos Donis (Stuttgart/German Bundesliga): Remained on the bench for Stuttgart in the 0:3 loss to Borussia Dortmund.
Panagiotis Retsos (Bayer Leverkusen/German Bundesliga): Introduced as a 19th minute substitute in the 4:1 triumph against RB Leipzig and scored the first goal of his professional career.
Kyriakos Papadopoulos (Hamburg/German Bundesliga): Picked up a yellow card while playing 90 minutes in a crucial 3:2 home victory against Schalke 04.
Jose Holebas (Watford/English Premier League): Stayed on the pitch for the entirety of Watford’s disappointing 1:2 defeat against Burnley at home.
Orestis Karnezis (Watford/English Premier League): Started between the sticks for Watford and conceded two goals in the loss to Burnley.
Konstantinos Mavropanos (Arsenal/English Premier League): Not included in Arsenal’s squad for the 3:2 win against Southampton in London.
Kostas Stafylidis (Stoke City/English Premier League): Missed the 1:2 defeat to Tottenham because of a reported chest injury.
Stefanos Kapino (Nottingham Forest/English Championship): Remained on the bench in the 0:2 loss against Middlesbrough on the road. Did the same in Tuesday’s 0:1 defeat to Brentford.
Apostolos Vellios (Nottingham Forest/English Championship): Removed from the action after 57 minutes of the same game with Middlesbrough. Entered Tuesday’s 0:1 loss against Brentford on 88 minutes.
Kostas Manolas (AS Roma/Serie A): Started the 0:2 defeat against Fiorentina at home, but was substituted after 59 minutes. On Tuesday, he scored the tie winning goal in the 3:0 UEFA Champions League triumph over Barcelona and played the whole game.
Vassilis Torosidis (Bologna/Serie A): Played the whole game against Crotone and took a yellow card in the 0:1 loss.
Charalampos Lykogiannis (Cagliari/Serie A): Received an injury in the 0:1 defeat to Verona and was substituted after just 11 minutes.
Georgios Tzavellas (Alanyaspor/Turkish Superlig): Stayed on the pitch for the entire 90 minutes of the 3:1 win against Akhisar Genclik Spor.
Giannis Maniatis (Alanyaspor/Turkish Superlig): Began the same game in the starting line-up and was substituted after 63 minutes.
Georgios Samaras (Samsunspor/First League): Played the whole match against Istanbulspor. The game ended in a 0:0 draw.
Michalis Sifakis (Samsunspor/First League): The back-up goalkeeper remained on the bench in the 0:0 tie with Istanbulspor.
Giannis Gianniotas (Valladolid/Segunda Division): Given a chance as a substitute after 64 minutes of the 0:1 loss to Gimnastic. Earned a yellow card.
Giannis Fetfatzidis (Al Ahli/Saudi Professional League): Entered the action on 74 minutes in the 0:0 home draw with Al Hilal.
Alexandros Tziolis (Al Fayha/Saudi Professional League): Played the entire 90 minutes of the thrilling 3:3 tie against Al Raed at home.
Nikolaos Karelis (Genk/Jupiler League): Remained a substitute in Genk’s slender 1:0 triumph over Standard Liege in the Belgian championship.
Carlos Zeca (Copenhagen/Danish Superlig): Stayed on the pitch for the entirety of Copenhagen’s 2:3 away defeat to title contenders Midtjylland.
Sotiris Ninis (Maccabi Petah-Tikva/Israeli Premier League): Not included in the squad for the 2:0 win against Shmona.
Andreas Bouchalakis (Nottingham Forest/English Championship): Didn’t make the Nottingham roster for either of the club’s two matches.
Dimitrios Konstantopoulos (Middlesbrough/English Championship): Enjoyed the win over Nottingham Forest from the comfort of the substitutes’ bench.
Ilias Chatzitheodoridis (Cheltenham/English League 2): Replaced after 82 minutes of the convincing 3:0 home victory against Morecambe.
Giannis Gelios (Augsburg/German Bundesliga): As usual, the Greek wasn’t in his team’s squad. Augsburg lost 1:4 to Bayern Munich at home.
Dimitris Diamantakos (St Pauli/German Bundesliga 2): Came on as a substitute after 80 minutes of the 1:2 away defeat against Aue.
Giorgos Koutroubis (Standard Liege/Jupiler League): Remained on the bench during the close 0:1 defeat to Genk.
Stergos Marinos (Charleroi/Jupiler League): Played the whole 90 minutes against Anderlecht as his team went down 1:2.
Stelios Kitsiou (Sint-Truiden/Jupiler League): Helped Sint-Truiden thrash Antwerp 4:0 by playing the entire match.
Dimitris Goutas (Sint-Truiden/Jupiler League): Just like Stelios Kitsiou, he was on the pitch for the entire 90 minutes in the same game.
Charis Charisis (Sint-Truiden/Jupiler League): Still out with injury.
Athanasios Papazoglou (Kortrijk/Jupiler League): Kept the other substitutes company in the 1:2 away loss against Mouscron.
Georgios Galitsios (Mouscron/Jupiler League): Missed the 2:1 victory over Kortrijk at home.
Konstantinos Rougalas (Westerlo/Proximus League): Stayed on the bench in Westerlo’s uneventful 0:0 draw with KSV Roeselare.
Marinos Oikonomou (Bari/Serie B): Not included in Bari’s roster for the 1:1 home tie against Salernitana.
Michalis Iliadis (Salernitana/Serie B): The Greek also wasn’t present in his team’s squad in the same Serie B match.
Dimitris Konstantinidis (Brescia/Serie B): Brescia decided not to include the 23-year old in their roster for the 2:1 victory against Venezia.
Dimitris Sounas (Monopoli/Serie C): Played the entire 90 minutes of Monopoli’s 2:0 win over Bisceglie in Italy’s third footballing tier.
Andreas Tatos (Elazigspor/First League): Removed after 72 minutes of the 0:2 away defeat against Boluspor.
Andreas Vasiliogiannis (Umraniyespor/First League): Started the 2:1 victory against Altinordu, substituted on 86 minutes.
Anastasios Karamanos (Feirense/Portuguese Premiera Liga): Emerged from the bench after 88 minutes in a pulsating 2:2 draw with Braga.
Alexandros Katranis (St Etienne/Ligue 1): Didn’t play any part in St Etienne’s tight 1:1 draw against league leaders PSG at home.
Panagiotis Vlachodimos (Nimes/Ligue 2): Not in the Nimes squad in the club’s confident 3:1 triumph over Quevilly Rouen.
Giannis Charontakis (AC Ajaccio/Ligue 2): Another who did not make his team’s squad. AC Ajaccio defeated Chateauroux 2:0 on the road.
Dimitris Siovas (Leganes/La Liga): Booked by the referee and played the whole 90 minutes in the 1:3 defeat to Barcelona in Catalonia.
Kostas Lamprou (Ajax/Eredivisie): Ajax’s second goalkeeper stayed on the bench as his team defeated Heracles 1:0 in Amsterdam.
Konstantinos Tsimikas (Willem II/Eredivisie): The left-back played the entire 90 minutes of the 1:2 setback against Excelsior.
Pantelis Hatzidiakos (AZ Alkmaar/Eredivisie): Didn’t play any part in the 2:3 home defeat to leaders PSV Eindhoven.
Thanasis Karagounis (Twente/Eredivisie): Not found in Twente’s roster for the 1:3 loss against Feyenoord.
Georgios Sarris (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): Appeared off the bench at half-time in the 1:2 loss against Celtic.
Giannis Skondras (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): Wasn’t included in Hamilton’s roster for the same Scottish Premiership match.
Chrysovalantis Kozoronis (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): Not in his team’s squad.
Marios Ogkmpoe (Hamilton/Scottish Premiership): Sat with the other substitutes and wasn’t given a chance to play in the 1:2 defeat to Celtic at home.
Savvas Gentsoglou (Hajduk Split/HNL): Didn’t participate in Hajduk’s 1:0 victory against Lokomotiva Zagreb.
Charalampos Mavrias (Rijeka/HNL): Not seen in Rijeka’s roster again in Croatia. His club earned a 3:1 away victory over Slaven Belupo.
Sotirios Papagiannopoulos (Ostersunds/Allsvenskan): Wasn’t included in the Ostersunds roster for the 0:3 loss to Dalkurd.
Georgios Katsidis (Olympia Prague/League 2): Opening the scoring against Varnsdorf and took a yellow card, but Olympia Prague eventually lost 1:2. Played the entire game.
Thomas Vasiliou (Olympia Prague/League 2): Also earned a yellow card in the 1:2 defeat and played the full 90 minutes.
Mavroudis Bougiadis (Podbeskidzie/Polish League 1): Played the entirety of Podbeskidzie’s 0:0 draw against Leczna.
Thanos Petsos (Rapid Vienna/Austrian Bundesliga): Remained on the pitch for 90 minutes in the 2:1 home victory over St. Polten.
Nikos Ioannidis (Diosgyori/Nemzeti Bajnoksag): Stayed on the field of play against Haladas for the whole match as his team lost 1:2.
Sokratis Fytanidis (Gaz Metan/Liga 1): Took a yellow card for his troubles and played 90 minutes in the 1:1 draw with Poli Timisoara.
Giorgos Katsikas (Dinamo Bucharesti/Liga 1): Played the full 90 minutes in the key 3:1 win against Concordia in Romania. Picked up a yellow card.
Antonis Stergiakis (Slavia Sofia/Parva Liga): The goalkeeper played in the 1:1 draw with Cherno More last week, before conceding two goals in the 1:2 Bulgarian Cup defeat to Botev Plovdiv on Tuesday.
Christos Kontochristos (Lokomotiv Sofia/Vtora Liga): Remained on the pitch for 90 minutes against Chernomorets Balchik. Lokomotiv claimed a 1:0 victory.
Giannis Kargas (Dynamo Brest/Belarusian Premier League): Found himself booked by the referee in the 2:1 win over Luch Minsk. Played the entire match.
Avraam Papadopoulos (Brisbane Roar/A League): Did not participate in the 0:3 loss against WS Wanderers.