Kostas Mitroglou

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Thauvin keeps Marseille in mix for Europe

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Paris (France) (AFP) – Florian Thauvin struck a late winner as Marseille twice came from behind to beat struggling Troyes 3-2 in Ligue 1 on Sunday and stay in the hunt for a Champions League place.

Marseille were reeling after Samuel Grandsir headed Troyes ahead with just 37 seconds gone at the Stade de l’Aube, but Clinton Njie’s scuffed effort soon pulled the visitors level.

Depay grabs Lyon dramatic win over top-three rivals Marseille

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Paris (AFP) – Memphis Depay’s last-gasp winner clinched Lyon a thrilling 3-2 victory at Marseille on Sunday that kept them firmly in the hunt for Champions League qualification.

Kostas Mitroglou looked to have snatched Marseille a vital point with an 84th-minute equaliser to make it 2-2, but Depay showed great bravery to nod home in the final minute of normal time.

Depay grabs Lyon dramatic win over top-three rivals Marseille

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Paris (AFP) – Memphis Depay’s last-gasp winner clinched Lyon a thrilling 3-2 victory at Marseille on Sunday that kept them firmly in the hunt for Champions League qualification.

Kostas Mitroglou looked to have snatched Marseille a vital point with an 84th-minute equaliser to make it 2-2, but Depay showed great bravery to nod home in the final minute of normal time.

Mitroglou grabs Marseille winner as Lyon end barren run

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Paris (AFP) – Kostas Mitroglou made an instant impact off the bench with the decisive goal in a 2-1 victory at Toulouse on Sunday, while Lyon defeated Caen 1-0 to halt a run of six matches without a win in Ligue 1.

Lucas Ocampos, the two-goal hero in Marseille’s 3-1 Europa League last 16, first leg win over Athletic Bilbao on Thursday, was again on target in Toulouse as he forced home a 10th-minute opener.

Mitroglou rescues Marseille as Mandanda sets record

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Paris (AFP) – Greece striker Kostas Mitroglou netted a late equaliser on his first Marseille start to salvage a point in Sunday’s 3-3 draw at Strasbourg as Steve Mandanda made a club record 453rd appearance.

Dimitri Payet gave Marseille the lead on five minutes, but Jean Eudes Aholou’s deflected shot pulled Strasbourg level before Morgan Sanson’s cross made it 2-1 to the visitors just after the break.

Pulisic replaces Reus for Dortmund against Benfica

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – Portugal midfielder Raphael Guerreiro was ruled out for Borussia Dortmund’s crunch last 16, second-leg tie at home to Benfica on Wednesday as Christian Pulisic replaced injured Germany star Marco Reus.

Dortmund are looking to overturn a 1-0 defeat from the first-leg when Kostas Mitroglou scored Benfica’s winner.

Pulisic replaces Reus for Dortmund against Benfica

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – Portugal midfielder Raphael Guerreiro was ruled out for Borussia Dortmund’s crunch last 16, second-leg tie at home to Benfica on Wednesday as Christian Pulisic replaced injured Germany star Marco Reus.

Dortmund are looking to overturn a 1-0 defeat from the first-leg when Kostas Mitroglou scored Benfica’s winner.

Benfica sneak win as Aubameyang fluffs Dortmund’s lines

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Lisbon (AFP) – Benfica pulled off a classic smash and grab job as they beat Borussia Dortmund 1-0 in their Champions League last 16 first leg on Tuesday.

Greek striker Kostas Mitroglou scored the only goal of the game, prodding home from close range at the second attempt just after half time after Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki stopped his initial effort.

Champions League

Benfica worried about fitness of Nicolas Gaitan ahead of Bayern Munich match

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With their leading scorer Jonas already suspended, Benfica are sweating on the fitness of their biggest creative threat Nicolas Gaitan ahead of their Champions League quarter-final, second leg against Bayern Munich.

The teams meet at the Estadio da Luz on Wednesday with German champions Bayern defending a 1-0 first-leg lead after an early Arturo Vidal goal last week.

Benfica worried about fitness of Nicolas Gaitan ahead of Bayern Munich match

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With their leading scorer Jonas already suspended, Benfica are sweating on the fitness of their biggest creative threat Nicolas Gaitan ahead of their Champions League quarter-final, second leg against Bayern Munich.

The teams meet at the Estadio da Luz on Wednesday with German champions Bayern defending a 1-0 first-leg lead after an early Arturo Vidal goal last week.

Fulham

The Bizarre And Curious Case Of Fulham Striker Kostas Mitroglou

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With Fulham starting life in the Championship slowly, following their relegation from the English Premier League, it is hard to see the finger pointing and recriminations at the London club slowing down anytime soon.

At the heart of the inquisition you will find the name of Greece striker Kostas Mitroglou, who signed from Olympiacos in January for a fee of £12 million and became Fulham's most expensive ever player.

Kostas Mitroglou Scores Peachy 25-Yarder On Fulham Debut For U21 Side vs Aston Villa (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Many an eyebrow were arched quizzically when Fulham decided to shovel £12million into Olympiakos' lap in order to secure the services of striker Kostas Mitroglou on transfer deadline day, though the Greek striker has gotten himself off to the best possible start for the Cottagers scoring an absolute peach on his debut for their U21 side (i.

Video: Kostas Mitroglou scores twice in his first game in a Fulham shirt vs Aston Villa U21

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Fulham's big-money January signing Kostas Mitroglou played his first game for the club this week. The Greece international played for the Cottagers' Under-21 side in their game against Aston Villa. Mitroglou helped himself to a brace, including one excellent long-range curler, as Fulham won the game 5-3.

What to Expect From Fulham’s Kostas Mitroglou, Greece’s Star Striker

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Kostas Mitroglou has arrived in the Premier League, and I could not be happier. You see, Mitroglou is a perfect example of what is wrong with Greek football, not just at the moment, but for most of recent memory. His career path is one that has been taken by many young Greek footballers over the years, yet it's a path that has failed to produce any real world-class players.

Transfer Deadline Day Roundup: Fulham Add Mitroglou, Holtby; Osvaldo to Juve; And More

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Relegation-threatened Fulham made a statement of intent on Deadline Day, as the Cottagers were able to add a pair of signings in an effort to avoid the relegation zone.

Fulham added a key attacking figure in Greek sensation Kostas Mitroglou, as the striker was brought in for a fee believed to be right around £12 million.

Greece

Greece – 2014 World Cup squad

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Fernando Santos' Greece squad have been almost universally written off as unlikely to make an impact in Brazil. Greece have, however, been here before, and recent history proves you write the Greeks off at your peril.

Here come the Greeks! Can Euro underdogs beat the odds in Brazil?

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The Greece squad for the 2014 World Cupwasannounced on Monday, with manager Fernando Santos keeping faith with key striker Kostas Mitroglou, despite the striker having struggled for fitness during his disastrous four months at the now relegated Fulham.

European World Cup play-off first legs: Five things we learned

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The eight European teams fighting it out for a place at next summer's World Cup in Brazil were on show last night in the play-off fixtures, with the four ties giving an advantage to one of the teams after the first leg.

Arsenal

21 games, 21 goals – Arsenal & Liverpool Target signs new contract

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Arsenal and Liverpool suffered a serious transfer blow as one of their reported transfer targets Kostas Mitroglouhas extended his contract with Olympiacos, while his new deal eliminates his €8 million release clause.

14 goals, 10 games – Arsenal Eye Move for £7m Goal Machine

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14 goals, 10 games Arsenal Eye Move for £7m Goal Machine - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Yesterday, we reported that Liverpool are plotting a move for Kostas Mitroglou and are preparing a bid of£7m for the Greek goal-machine. The Greek striker is also targeted by fellow Premier League rivals Arsenal and Inter Milan, as per reports from Italian website Calciomercato.

Gunners boss plays down striker pursuit

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits that he has been impressed with Olympiakos striker Kostas Mitroglou's goals against his side both at home and away in the UEFA Champions League this season but has warned reporters against linking the Greece international with a move to the Emirates Stadium.

Mitroglou struck the consolation goal for Olympiakos when they fell 3-1 in North London two months ago but last night, he struck a brilliant match-winning goal that propelled the Greek outfit to a 2-1 triumph.

Olympiacos 2 Arsenal 1 : We Played The First Half

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Headless chicken...and all that

The group stage of the Champions League have finally ended. There were genuine concern, especially after the home defeat to Shalke, that we might not make it to the next stage of the competition. Those fears were allayed in MatchDay 5 of the competition when we did qualify for the knock-out rounds.

Arsenal vs. Olympiacos: Players to Watch in Emirates UCL battle

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As the final match of Group B in the UEFA Champions League approaches, Arsenal will look to try an secure first place over current group leaders, FC Schalke 04. Arsenal currently sit in 2nd place (3-1-1) on 10 points, 1 point behind Schalke while Olympiacos sit in third 2-0-3 on 6 points.

Arsenal 3 Olympiacos 1 : Great Without Being Fantastic

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Didn't mention Cazorla but he was good as usual

That marks the completion of Matchday 2 and now there's a gap between us and the closest placed team in the group. Our win against Olympiacos yesterday puts us 2 points ahead of Shalke after they only were pegged back at the final minute by Montpellier.

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€20m Argentine star on Man Utd radar; Liverpool Plot £7m deal for goal machine

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Liverpool are plotting a move for Kostas Mitroglou and are preparing a bid of£7m for the Greek goal-machine, who has already scored four hat-tricks this season.

According to reports in English press, Liverpool aretargeting the 25-year-old who has bagged 14 goals in 10 league games this season for Olympiakos.