Asteras Tripolis salvaged some soccer pride for Greece, beating Partizan Belgrade, 2-0 at home in the Europea League after PAOK, Panathinaikos and Olympiakos were spanked in their games.
In the first ever group stage game in a European competition held at Tripoli, Asteras scored an historic win that puts it at the top of its pool, ahead of its games against Tottenham from the British league.
Asteras captain Fernando Usero opened the score after 22 minutes beating Partizan keeper Milan Lukac at the second attempt inside the box. Then Facundo Parra made it 2-0 from close range on the 52nd, taking the game beyond the visitors.
Asteras has now reached four points from two games.
PAOK was beaten 2-0 by the French side Guingamp, giving up both goals in three minutes, both to Sylvain Maraveaux in the 47th and 50th minutes. PAOK manager Angelos Anastasiadis said that, ‘We were unacceptable, and it is my fault.” PAOK has three points from two games.
Error-prone Panathinaikos fell behind Estoril eight minutes into the second half in Portugal, with Kleber scoring in close. Diogo Amado wove through a weak Greek defense to head the ball in for 2-0 on the 66th minute.
Panathinaikos remained without a point after two matches, showing how much it misses injured Marcus Berg, its top scorer last season.