Manolas, Mitroglou, Samaris net goals before international break
Kostas Manolas, Kostas Mitroglou, and Andreas Samaris all scored on Sunday with their respective clubs before the critical international break.
Kostas Manolas netted Roma’s winning goal in a six-goal thriller in Florence against Fiorentina. The Greek defender put his side ahead 2-3 in the 50th minute after a corner from the right side was flicked on by Edin Dzeko and found Manolas, who was at the right place at the right time, as the ball luckily traveled into Fiorentina’s goal. It was Manolas’ second goal of the season (scored in the Champions League), helping Roma march on to a 2-4 victory.
Sunday’s win for Roma was a historic one as the capital club have now won their last twelve road fixtures in the Serie A, breaking Inter’s record from the 2006/07 season. Roma currently sit fifth in the standings with 27 points, trailing the leaders Napoli by five points.
Kostas Mitroglou scored his second goal of the season with Marseille in his club’s 5-0 thumping of Caen. Mitroglou netted Marseille’s fourth goal of the night with a closed-ranged header from Thauvarin’s cross. The Greek striker is slowly finding his form after being troubled by an injury earlier in the season and has been a regular in Marseille's starting lineup since his recovery.
Marseille sit fourth in the Ligue 1 standings with 24 points.
A great night for Greeks abroad was capped off by Andreas Samaris who secured Benfica’s three points in a 1-3 victory on the road over Guimaraes. The Greek midfielder came on in the 65th minute and eleven minutes later, added his name to the score sheet. Samaris took on Pizzi’s pass and went on a great solo effort to cooley put the ball into the back of the net, giving his side a 0-2 lead in the 75th minute.
Samaris has struggled to find playing time at the club level this season and will surely use this goal as a confidence booster for the season ahead. Benfica sit third in the Portuguese standings and trail the leader leaders, FC Poro, by five points.