Asteras take big step towards semis
GREEK SOCCER CUP - QUARTERFINALS (LEG 1)
|Ergotelis||0 - 1||Asteras Tripolis|
Asteras Tripolis made a big step towards the semi-finals of the 2018/2019 Greek Cup, seeing off the challenge of Ergotelis 1:0 in the first leg on the road.
So far, Ergotelis have knocked out Super League sides Aris and OFI on their way to the quarter-finals, however they were second best against Asteras as they dropped a 0:1 defeat in Heraklion to leave their competition hopes hanging by a thread.
Asteras thought that they had taken the lead within within 14 minutes, but after Walter Iglesias initially headed the ball into the net at point blank range, the flag was rightly raised for offside.
Moments later, Michalis Manias came close to connecting with a low pass across the penalty box, however the ball rolled to safety with Ergotelis goalkeeper Dimitris Katsimitros panicking. Manias then had a powerful attempt from the edge of the area palmed away.
The visitors eventually made their dominance count five minutes into the second half. After Ergotelis had wasted a golden opportunity at the other end, Martin Rolle completed a flowing Asteras move, stroking an accurate effort beyond the extended dive of Katsimitros.
Asides from a few looping headers, Football League outfit Ergotelis rarely created clear chances at the Pankritio Stadium, but they had a wonderful opportunity in stoppage time. Practically clean through, substitute Antonis Kapnidis took aim, thumping a powerful drive over the bar.
Asteras take a 1:0 advantage back to Tripoli for the return and are heavy favourites to advance.
HIGHLIGHTS: ERGOTELIS - ASTERAS TRIPOLIS