Luckless Emerson decides Athens derby

AEK Athens FC midfielder Emerson scored the only goal of the game against local rivals Olympiacos CFP and was then forced off by a groin injury.

AEK Athens FC midfielder Emerson experienced a miserable afternoon against local rivals Olympiacos CFP, scoring the only goal of the game past his own goalkeeper before a groin injury forced his half-time substitution.

Emerson own goal
The Brazilian was attemping to clear Predrag Djordjević's cross on the stroke of half-time but contrived only to divert the ball into his own net. The midfielder then failed to appear after the break having been substituted with a groin problem that makes him highly doubtful for his side's UEFA Champions League match against Anderlecht on Tuesday. To compound AEK's woes, the visitors failed to capitalise on the dismissal of Djordjević, who was sent off for his second bookable offence two minutes after the restart, and were unable to take a number of presentable opportunities during the second half.

First defeat
AEK's first league defeat of the season left them in eighth place in the Alpha Ethniki while Olympiacos maintained their 100 per cent record to move six points clear at the top. The champions' coach Trond Sollied was pleased with his side's fortitude, saying: "We started the second half full of self-confidence, but our plans changed following Predrag Djordjević's red card. The run of five consecutive victories this season boosts our morale ahead of our upcoming fixtures in Greece and Europe."

Incredulous Serra Ferrer
Sollied's opposite number Lorenzo Serra Ferrer was understandably disappointed with the result, explaining: "The first half was very intense, but Olympiacos took the lead against the run of play. It's unbelievable that we didn't convert at least one of our three or four clear-cut goalscoring chances."