Atromitos, OFI and Xanthi all qualify for Last 16

Atromitos, OFI and Xanthi all qualify for Last 16

GREEK SOCCER CUP - ROUND 3

Date Home Team Score Away Team
19-Dec-18 Kerkyra 0 - 3 OFI
19-Dec-18 Niki Volos 1 - 0 Xanthi
19-Dec-18 Thyella Kamariou 0 - 8 Atromitos
19-Dec-18 Apollon Pontou PP Larissa

OFI, Xanthi and Atromitos all progressed to the Last 16 of the Greek Cup, however AE Larissa’s match at Apollon Pontou was called off because of a power shortage.

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In Corfu, hosts AOK Kerkyra required a victory to overtake OFI, however they came up short in a disappointing 0:3 loss. The visitors wasted no time in taking the initiative, as they broke the deadlock on eight minutes with a goal worthy of winning any game. Taking aim from long range, Giannis Koiliaras lined up for a piledriver, smacking a sweet streak beyond the stricken Kerkyra goalkeeper. Four minutes later, OFI doubled their money, with Athanasios Dinas tapping the loose ball over the line after the initial shot had been saved.

Ivorian forward Patrick Vouho sealed the deal for OFI six minutes from time, dinking a clever effort over the onrushing goalkeeper. OFI qualify in first place of Group 7 with seven points, while Kerkyra are eliminated with three points in third.

HIGHLIGHTS: OFI - AOK KERKYRA

Elsewhere in Group 7, Xanthi dropped a surprise 0:1 defeat to Niki Volos, however Kerkyra’s loss to OFI meant that they still qualified for the Last 16 in second place with four points.

The only goal was scored after 72 minutes of play. Lurking inside the opposing penalty area, Christos Tzioras escaped the attentions of the Xanthi defence, and he delicately looped the ball into the net from point blank range to grab a morale boosting win for already eliminated Niki Volos.

HIGHLIGHTS: NIKI VOLOS - XANTHI

In Group 1, Atromitos comfortably dealt with the task of needing to beat Gamma Ethniki minnows Thyella Kamari, thrashing their opponents 8:0 in Rizoupoli to join PAS Giannina in the Last 16 of the Greek Cup.

If Atromitos failed to get the three points, Iraklis would qualify instead of the Peristeri outfit, but that possibility was quickly ruled out. In a dominant first half, Atromitos knocked five past a demoralised Theylla Kamari side, with Theodoros Vasilakakis, Javier Umbides, Aristotelis Karasalidis, Armin Mujakic and Emanuel Sakic striking gold. Mujakic, Konstantinos Kotsopoulos and Clarck N’Sikulu then increased the lead to eight in the second frame, meaning Atromitos qualify with six points and a goal difference of +12 (15-3). In stark contrast, Thyella Kamari are bottom with a huge -16 (0-16) negative goal difference and nothing to show for their efforts.

HIGHLIGHTS: THYELLA KAMARI - ATROMITOS

In Group 8, AEL were due to play Apollon Pontou on the road, but a power shortage at the Kalamaria Stadium prevented the game from going ahead. It is now scheduled to be played at 20:30 local time on Thursday.

 

by Shaun Nicolaides

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