Hyundai A-League - 2010/2011 - HAL 6 Preseason

Athens triumph on the Pacific
By Chris Dunkerley

International Club Friendly - Festival of Football
Sunday 25 July, 2010
at Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney

Sydney FC 3
(Alex Brosque 32'pen, 48', Ibrahima Thiam 69')
lost to
AEK Athens FC 5
(Leonardo Pereira 31', Ismael Blanco 37', Nikos Lyberopulos 60', Ignacio Scocco 74', Pantelis Kafes 77')



(Photo linked from FFA site)

Sydney FC were given a footballing lesson by AEK Athens, as the Greek team won 5-3 and established a handy lead in the points table for the Festival of Football.

AEK started as they intended to go on, with a 4th minute shot that drew a save by Sydney 'keeper Ivan Necesvki.

In the 30th minute Nikos Lyberopulos received the ball and slid it on to Brazilian Leonardo Pereira, who ran at the 'keeper and hit the ball low past him and into the goal. 0-1

One minute later AEK’s lead was cut as Alex Brosque equalised. AEK’s captain, Pantelis Kafes, touched the ball away with his fingertips in the area after a Sydney corner. Referee Ben Williams pointed at the spot and Sydney had the penalty. Brosque sent it down the middle, sending AEK’s Ioannis Arampatzis the wrong way. 1-1

AEK regained the lead in the 37th minute when Kafes nodded on a corner from the left from Leonardo Pereira through to the right - where Ismael Blanco headed strongly and cleanly into the net at the right post. 1-2

After the break Sydney made a come-back when a penalty was turned down as Mark Bridge went down in the area but with the referee waiving play on Alex Brosque pounced on the ball as the AEK 'keeper Ioannis Arampatzis was trying to clear the ball. The custodian tried to dribble past Brosque but his footing wasn't firm on the watered pitch and the Sydney FC stiker tapped the ball in. 2-2

In the 60th minute Niko Lyberopulos pounced on a Sydney FC turnover by Hiro Moriyasu on the half way. He raced up field on and passed left to Ignacio Scocco who returned it Lyberopulos who steered it past a hapless Necevski. 2-3

AEK lifted their work rate and made several substitutions. In the Ingnacio Scocco intercepted a poor pass in defence by substitute striker Kofi Danning and turned to slam the ball past Necevski to give the Greek side a bigger lead, 2-4.

AEK scored their fifth of the match with an impressive midfield play. Lagos passed the ball left to Lyberopulos who hit the ball goalwards. Necevski parried the ball away from danger only for AEK’s Kafes to volley the ball back into the goal.

Sydney pulled on back in the 89th minute when susbstitute Rhyan Grant lobbed the ball in from left field finding triallist Ibrahima Thiam unmarked on the far goal post. The 198cm tall Senegalese striker, who only arrived in the country on Friday, had only come on a few minuted earlier but was putting himself around and cuasing some concern in the AEK defence. He placed himself perfectly to head the ball strongly, under pressure, into the right side of the goal.

Sydney FC’s next preseason clash is when the Festival of Football continues on Wednesday night against Rangers FC at 8:15pm. AEK take on Blackburn Rovers at 6pm.



International Club Friendly - Festival of Football
Sunday 25 July, 2010
at Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney

Sydney FC 3
(Alex Brosque 32'pen, 48', Ibrahima Thiam 69')
lost to
AEK Athens FC 5
(Leonardo Pereira 31', Ismael Blanco 37', Nikos Lyberopulos 60', Ignacio Scocco 74', Pantelis Kafes 77')

    Crowd: 14,153 (double header)

    MATCH STATS:

    Sydney FC :
    Player listing:
    20. Ivan NECEVSKI (gk), 2. Sebastian RYALL, 3. Stephan KELLER, 7. Brendan GAN (11. Kofi DANNING +46’), 12. Shannon COLE, 14. Alex BROSQUE (5. Hayden FOXE +82’), 15. Terry MCFLYNN, 19. Mark BRIDGE (9. Ibrahima THIAM +69’), 21. Scott JAMIESON, 22. BYUN Sung-Hwan, 28 Hiro MORIYASU (23. Rhyan GRANT +69’)

    Substitutes not used: 1. Liam REDDY (rgk), 13. Antony GOLEC, 18. David GULLO, 25. Nathan SHERLOCK

    Coach: Vitezslav Lavicka

    Yellow Cards: Nil
    Red Cards: Nil

    AEK Athens FC :
    22. Ioannis ARAMPATZIS (gk), 1. Pantelis KAFES, 4. Kostas MANOLAS (55. Traianos DELLAS +83’), 5. Daniel MAJSTOROVIC, 8. Sanel JAHIC, 9. Leonardo PEREIRAR (20. Luiz EDER +75’), 18. Ismael BLANCO (24. Nathan BURNS +62’), 19. Panagiotis LAGOS, 32. Ignacio SCOCCO (14. Gregoris MAKOS +86’), 33. Nikos LYBEROPULOS, 90. Savvas GENTZOGLU

    Substitutes not used: 15. Nikos KARABELAS, 17. Antestis ARGIRIOU, 23. Diego SAJA (rgk)

    Coach: Dusan Bajevic

    Yellow Cards: Kostas MANOLAS 58’
    Red Cards: Nil

    Referee: Ben Williams 8/10
    Assistants: Rodney Allen, Ryan Gallagher; Fourth Official: Gerard Parsons

    Pitch rating: 6/10 (bare, wet, and then watered prior)

    Game rating: 7/10

    Match Report: Chris Dunkerley



International Club Friendly - Festival of Football
3pm, Sunday 25 July, 2010
at Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney

Rangers FC 2
(Maurice Edu 10', Kenny Miller 44')
defeated
Blackburn Rovers FC 1
(David Dunn 65'pen)

Reigning Scottish champions Rangers held in the second half for a 2-1 preseason win over Premier League side Blackburn in an entertaining Sydney Festival of Football encounter on Sunday after dominating the first half and looking very sharp.

Goals to American midfielder Maurice Edu and veteran striker Kenny Miller put Rangers up 2-0 at half-time, before David Dunn pulled one back for Rovers with a second-half penalty.

Rangers could have been 3-0 up just seconds prior to Dunn's goal, with Miller blasting a penalty of his own onto the bar crossbar.

Rangers dominated the first half with Edu opening the scoring in the 10th minute, rising high to meet a curling Steve Davis free-kick and powering a header past Blackburn 'keeper Paul Robinson. With Davis prompting they always looked dangerous coming forward.

Just before the break Steve Naismith and Kyle Lafferty combined beautifully out wide for Rangers, with Lafferty getting deep into the area and cutting back for Kenny Miller to score under pressure in the 44th minute.

Blackburn came back strongly in the second half but it was an infringement by Rangers that gave them an opening. David Dunn took a clean penalty in the 65th minute, getting Blackburn off the mark. 2-1

Socceroos Brett Emerton and Vince Grella both came on for Rovers as second-half substitutes as Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce eases them back following World Cup duties.

MATCH STATS:

Crowd: (see above - double header)

Rangers FC :
Player listing:
1. Alam McGregor (gk), 2. Madjid Boucherra (17. Cecil Wylde +66'), 3. David Weir, 4. Kirk Broadfoot, 5. Andy Webster, 6. Lee McCulloch, 7. Maurice Edu (12. John Fleck +66'), 8. Steve Davis, 9. Kenny Miller (15. Ross Perry +66'), 10. Steven Naismith, 11. Kyle Lafferty
Substitutes not used: 31. Grant Adam (rgk)

Coach: Walter Smith

Yellow Cards: Nil
Red Cards: Nil

Blackburn Rovers FC :
Player listing:
1. Paul Robinson (gk), 2. Michel Salgado (17. Lars Jacobsen +68'), 5. Gael Givet, 6. Steven N'Zonzi (18. Brett Emerton +60'), 3. Pascal Chimboda, 4. Phil Jones, 7. Junior Hoilett, 8. David Dunn (14. Vince Grella +79'), 9. Jason Roberts (16. Maceo Rigters +85') ,10. El Hadji Diouf, 11. Morten Gamst Pedersen (19. Grant Hanley +60'),
Substitutes not used: 20. Amine Linganzi, 12. Ryan Nelson, 13. Jason Brown, 25. Mark Bunn

Coach: Sam Allardyce

Yellow Cards: Nil
Red Cards: Nil

Referee: Peter Green 7/10
Assistants: tba

Pitch rating: see above

Game rating: 7/10

Match Report by Chris Dunkerley


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