-- Big Wins for Aris and Panthrakikos --
GREEK SOCCER CUP - GROUP STAGE (MATCHDAY 1)
|Date||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|25-Oct-16||Kalloni||1 - 2||Agrotikos Asteras|
|25-Oct-16||Aiginiakos||0 - 3||Aris|
|25-Oct-16||Apollon Smyrnis||1 - 0||OFI|
|25-Oct-16||Panthrakikos||3 - 0||Kallithea|
The Greek Soccer Cup group stages, which consist of teams from the Superleague and the Football League, began today with 5 matches. Aris and Panthrakikos each came away with big victories against Aiginiakos and Kallithea while Agrotikos Asteras defeated Kalloni and Apollon Smyrnis prevailed at home against OFI.
Aris played away to Aiginiakos (Veria’s Stadium) to kick off Group E. The visitors recorded a deceiving 0-3 victory with Aris not securing all three points as easily as the score suggests. Kapnidis found the breakthrough in the 19th minute and two goals from Milunovic in the final 20 minutes gave the Thessaloniki club the 0-3 victory.
The other morning fixtures consisted of Kalloni hosting Agrotikos Asteras in Group G. It was an entertaining match in Mytilene with the home side taking the lead in the 18th minute through Frangos. However, Agrotikos Asteras took all three points with a second half comeback through Tegousis’ goal in the 54th minute and Taianan’s late winner in the 86th minute.
Two historic teams faced off in Group C as Apollon Smyrnis and OFI battled it out in Rizoupoli. Kassos’ second half goal, in the 69th minute, separated the sides at the final whistle. The visitors were unhappy with the refereeing, making claims for a penalty that was not given in second half stoppage time. The loss puts OFI in a tough position in the group while Apollon Smyrnis have the upperhand after the first matchday.
In Group G, Panthrakikos easily defeated Kallithea 3-0 in Komotini to move up to 3 points in the table. The hosts took advantage of their opponents mistakes to open the score in the 37th minute with Nikolitsis and it was a similar story in the 57th minute, when Stilianos doubled his club’s lead. In the 4th minute of second half stoppage time, Panthrakikos broke the offsides trap and Kardias added a third goal to give the Thrakiotes the 3-0 victory.