This weekend was one that was very profitable for Olympiakos domestically, with AEK and Panathinaikos only picking up a point a piece and PAOK gaining no points at the expense of Asteras, Thrylos extended thier lead at the top of the table to 8 points. In contrast it has been a week of mixed fotunes for the Reds players out on loan.
After coming off the bench for the final 15 minutes in Royal Mouscron Peruwelz’s mid-week 2-2 with Westerlo, Marko Scepovic played a full 90 minutes in yesterday’s match away at Anderlecht. Scepovic was ineffective in a match where no surprises were sprung as Anderlecht, bouyed by their Europa League win over Tottenham, ran out 2-0 winners. Peruwelz are perilously close to the bottom of the league, only 3 points clear of the bottom. Marko can be pleased with the amount of game time he is being rewarded with in Belgium, but, playing in such a poor side it looks as though it could be tough for him to score the number of goals required to put himself forward in the summer as a player worthy of a place in an Olympiakos squad.
Elsewhere in Belgium, Sambou Yatabare and Mathieu Dossevi have continued their good run at Standard Liege. Wednesday saw Liege pick up a much needed three points at home to KV Mechelen. Both players featured for the entire match, Yatabare picked up a booking as the game closed out and Mechelen scored from the freekick which will be the only slight on his otherwise solid performance. Yatabare set up Anthony Knockaert for the game’s opening goal and Dossevi, in what proved a very good evening for the Thrylos reprasentatives, was credited with the assist for Standard’s second and decisive goal.
Standard didn’t have as good a time this weekend, losing 1-0 away at St. Truiden. Dossevi and Yatabare both started, but, Dossevi found his name in the referee’s notebook in the first half and Sambou Yatabare was substituted with 26 minutes of a game to forget remaining. In spite of a poor team performance this weekend, both Reds seem to have settled well in Belgium and are regular starters for the side.
Michael Olaitan didn’t have much time to make an impression in Twente’s match. Twente went down 4-2 losers at Utrecht, Olaitan took to the pitch with only five minutes remaining with the score at 3-2 at the time. The Nigerian hitman has a lot of work to do to force his way back into the Twente starting line-up and even more so if he has any ambitions of playing his football at Karaiskakis again.
In Spain, Elche lost 2-0 at Real Zaragoza. Nikos Vergos started the game on the bench but entered the game at the 65 minute mark. Nikos was unable to find the net in his 25 minutes of action. Nikos is still very young, so not being a regular starter is no great concern. The fact he is seeing playing time from the bench is reassuring and with time it can be hoped that some starting places will come and given a solid run will then be given the chance to find his scoring feet.
Cruz Azul had a home game with Veracruz on Saturday night. Jorge Benitez played the full game, but unlike his previous outing, was unable to get his name on the scoresheet. The match finished a draw with both sides sharing the game’s two goals. Cruz Azul find themselves languishing in 15th position in the league after a disappointing start to the season. Undefeated in the last four games (W1 D3), however, there is a sense of optimism that the Mexico City side can continue to build on that form and continue to climb the league as the season progresses.
Dimitris Diamantakos’ Karlsruher weren’t in action this weekend. They travel to Nurnberg this evening and the Greek youngster will be eager to continue pushing for a place in the team and build on the last couple of appearances made from the bench.
Nikolas Martinez and Tzanakis both featured for the whole match as Anorthosis won 2-1 away at Paphos. Anorthosis currently find themselves sitting comfortably in 4th place with a five point cushion between them and Omonia in fifth. APOEL, undefeated so far this season, sit comfortably at the top of the league, however, the sides 2nd – 4th are only seperated by two points. The two Thrylos loanees look set to have a very good season during their time in Cyprus.