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Greece: Cissé fires Pana into Champions League

Posted in European Football by peterbein on May 25, 2011
Djibril Cisse

Djibril Cisse's two goals against AEK secured Panathinaikos the second Champions League spot

Panathinaikos have won the end of season play-offs, which determine who will be the second team to represent Greece in next season’s UEFA Champions League, having defeated AEK Athens by two goals to nil in tonight’s match.

Djibril Cissé was the hero for Panathinaikos who, having lost out to Olympiakos in the fight for the Super League title this season, were made to work hard for the second Champions League spot even though they started the play-off phase with a two point advantage over tonight’s opponents AEK. Nonetheless “Pana” knew that a win for them would clinch second and this they did thanks to French international Cissé who scored both of his goals within ten second half minutes.

In the other play-off game PAOK Thessaloniki did what they had to do to keep up the pressure on Pana in case of any slip ups by beating Olympiakos Volos with a comfortable 5-1 margin with goals for Dimitrios Salpingidis (2), Adelino Vieirinha, Diego Arias and Zlatan Muslimovic helping the home side ultimately clinch second place.

1. PANATHINAIKOS Played 6, Points 13

2. PAOK THESSALONIKI Played 6, Points 12

3. AEK ATHENS Played 6, Points 8

4 .OLYM. VOLOS Played 6, Points 6

Greece: Panathinaikos back in the hunt thanks to Cissé (+video)

Posted in European Football by peterbein on October 31, 2010
Djibril Cisse

Djibril Cissé scored twice for Panathinaikos against Olympiakos

Djibril Cissé was the star man for Panathinaikos as he helped his side to a crucial three points in a fiery Athens derby against old foes Olympiakos on Saturday. The win for Pana helps ensure that the gap between the two teams is reduced to a solitary point with Olympiakos just holding their own at the top.

In what resembled a former Premier League players’ gathering there were ten players in total who either started the game or sat on the substitutes bench who have former connections with clubs from England and one such player, the former Liverpool and Sunderland star Djibril Cissé, was to play a prominent role. After seeing Panathinaikos fall behind in the first half to a 37th minute Kevin Mirallas strike it was Cissé who took centre stage after the break. In the 57th minute it was the Frenchman who restored parity after firing home from close range to send the home fans into raptures. Just six minutes later Cissé won a penalty kick which he duly dispatched to score his seventh goal of the campaign and give his side the 2-1 lead which they never relinquished.

Panathinaikos, who won their 20th league title last season, are hoping that this victory can signal the beginning of a winning run which will take them back to the top of the table. Olympiakos, who finished empty-handed last season for the first time in six years, are hoping not to repeat the experience but yesterday’s defeat will have them fearful of the very real challenge that the current champions will pose throughout the season. After eight games of the Super League Greece campaign Olympiakos have 18 points, one more than Panathinaikos and five more than joint third AEK Athens and Asteras Tripolis.

WATCH PANATHINAIKOS v OLYMPIAKOS HIGHLIGHTS HERE:

 

Cissé fires “Pana” five points clear in Greece

Posted in European Football by peterbein on January 7, 2010
Djibril Cisse

Djibril Cissé scored twice in Panathinaikos' 4-1 win over Ergotelis FC

The Greek Super League returned to action this week and it proved to be a welcome return for Panathinaikos who were the big winners after all the Matchday 16 games had been completed.

Already two points ahead in the championship table Panathinaikos (41 points from 16 games) came from behind to dispose of Ergotelis FC 4-1. After Ergotelis had taken a shock lead through Michail Fragulaikis, former Liverpool FC striker Djibril Cissé scored a brace, one goal in each half, and was joined on the scoresheet by Giorgos Karagounis and another ex-Liverpool player Sebastián Leto, who scored two minutes into stoppage time to complete the rout. “Pana” increased their lead in the table over champions Olympiakos to five points just hours before their main title challengers were due to play a big city derby against AEK Athens.

Olympiakos (36 points), who have won all but one of the last thirteen Greek championships (‘Pana’ breaking up the spell winning the 2004 title), played at home against the team whom they defeated to win the Greek Cup final last season in one of the greatest matches of all time (4-4 after extra-time followed by a penalty shoot out which Olympiakos won 15-14). When the home side took the lead through a controversial Avraam Papadopolous goal on 28 minutes things seemed to be going the way of Zico’s men. However the lead only lasted five minutes after Nacho Scocco equalised with a well taken strike. When the same player scored his second to give AEK the lead on 40 minutes the home fans were stunned. It is not very often that Olympiakos fans see their team lose at home but after another frustrating 45 minutes in the second half that was exactly what they were to experience for the first time this season. For AEK it could prove to be a turning point in a hitherto miserable season. The win took them up to fifth place and now they can hope to challenge for a place in Europe next season.

In the other games PAOK Thessaloniki remain third after a 1-0 home win over Panionios. Vladimir Ivic’s strike took PAOK to thirty-one points, five behind second place Olympiakos. Their arch-rivals Aris beat Atromitos 3-0 to remain fourth in the table, six points behind PAOK and one ahead of AEK. At the bottom of the league it’s looking more and more desperate for Panthrakikos (2 points from 16 games) who remain without a win after going down to a 3-1 defeat away at Iraklis. Second bottom Giannina gained a point away at Xanthi to increase the deficit between themselves and Panthrakikos to thirteen, therefore highlighting the mountain which the latter have to climb if they are to avoid relegation.