Asteras Takes Commanding Lead to Tripoli

-- Asteras Takes Commanding Lead to Tripoli --

Asteras Tripolis are the heavy favorites to advance to the next round of the Greek Cup after defeating Trikala 0-2 on the road. Kaltsas opened the scoring in the 39th minute and Kotsiras added a second five minutes after the restart.

The Greek Cup Round of 16 is underway after Trikala and Asteras Tripolis kicked off their first match of a two legged knockout tie. Asteras dominated the game and found the opener when Ioannidis’ shot was saved by Siderakis, falling for an easy goal off the rebound from Kaltsas. The 39th minute goal sent Asteras Tripolis into the break ahead 0-1.

In the second half, the visitors wasted no time in doubling their lead as Kotsiras brilliantly brought down the long ball from Iglesias pass and his well placed shot gave Asteras Tripolis the 0-2 lead. Despite some second half pressure from Trikala, the Arkades defended their two goal lead until the final whistle, making them the clear favorites to advance to the next round. The second leg will take place in Tripoli in two weeks time.

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