Sokratis Papastathopoulos

Nikola Kalinic

Croatia see off Greece to close on World Cup

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Zagreb (AFP) – Croatia cruised to a 4-1 victory over Greece in their World Cup play-off first leg on Thursday to move to the brink of a spot at next year’s finals in Russia.

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric opened the scoring in Zagreb from the penalty spot in the 13th minute, after Greek goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis brought down striker Nikola Kalinic.

Croatia see off Greece to close on World Cup

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Zagreb (AFP) – Croatia cruised to a 4-1 victory over Greece in their World Cup play-off first leg on Thursday to move to the brink of a spot at next year’s finals in Russia.

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric opened the scoring in Zagreb from the penalty spot in the 13th minute, after Greek goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis brought down striker Nikola Kalinic.

Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund under pressure after Spurs-Real draw

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Berlin (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund coach Peter Bosz admits the Germans face an uphill Champions League battle after struggling to a draw at APOEL Nicosia while Tottenham Hotspur earned a point at Real Madrid.

Bosz said Dortmund have now got their work cut out in their next two home games - against APOEL in a fortnight and Spurs on November 21 - before facing holders Real away.

Dortmund under pressure after Spurs-Real draw

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Berlin (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund coach Peter Bosz admits the Germans face an uphill Champions League battle after struggling to a draw at APOEL Nicosia while Tottenham Hotspur earned a point at Real Madrid.

Bosz said Dortmund have now got their work cut out in their next two home games - against APOEL in a fortnight and Spurs on November 21 - before facing holders Real away.

Cologne change mind over controversial Dortmund goal protest

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Berlin (AFP) – Cologne have made a U-turn on plans to lodge an official protest to the German Football Association (DFB) about a controversial goal in their 5-0 drubbing at Borussia Dortmund, the club said on Tuesday.

The Bundesliga strugglers said they will not contest the final result of the game and will now simply ask the DFB’s refereeing department for clarification of the rules.

Cologne set to protest over controversial VAR goal

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Berlin (AFP) – Cologne say they plan to protest to the German Football Association (DFB) on Monday over a controversial goal which has raised debate over the video assistant referee (VAR) in Germany’s top flight.

Cologne were crushed 5-0 at Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund on Sunday which left them bottom of the German league after four straight defeats.

Cologne set to protest over controversial VAR goal

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Berlin (AFP) – Cologne say they plan to protest to the German Football Association (DFB) on Monday over a controversial goal which has raised debate over the video assistant referee (VAR) in Germany’s top flight.

Cologne were crushed 5-0 at Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund on Sunday which left them bottom of the German league after four straight defeats.

Aubameyang in a hurry as Dortmund crush Cologne

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Berlin (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund were back atop of the Bundesliga on Sunday thanks to a 5-0 hammering of Cologne as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice in a minute.

After losing at Tottenham Hotspur in midweek in the Champions League, Dortmund needed just three minutes to take the lead at home.

Aubameyang in a hurry as Dortmund crush Cologne

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Berlin (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund were back atop of the Bundesliga on Sunday thanks to a 5-0 hammering of Cologne as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice in a minute.

After losing at Tottenham Hotspur in midweek in the Champions League, Dortmund needed just three minutes to take the lead at home.

Bartra tributes as rattled Dortmund bounce back

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Berlin (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund players and fans paid tribute to defender Marc Bartra as they beat Eintracht Frankfurt 3-1 on Saturday in their first Bundesliga match since the midweek bomb attack on their team bus.

Germany winger Marco Reus scored on his return after six weeks out and Sokratis Papastathopoulos and leading scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were also on target in a home victory which allowed Thomas Tuchel’s side to all but wrap up a top-four finish and boost morale at the end of a traumatic week.

Bartra tributes as rattled Dortmund bounce back

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Berlin (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund players and fans paid tribute to defender Marc Bartra as they beat Eintracht Frankfurt 3-1 on Saturday in their first Bundesliga match since the midweek bomb attack on their team bus.

Germany winger Marco Reus scored on his return after six weeks out and Sokratis Papastathopoulos and leading scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were also on target in a home victory which allowed Thomas Tuchel’s side to all but wrap up a top-four finish and boost morale at the end of a traumatic week.

Arsenal running out of time to seal €35m transfer deals

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Arsenal running out of time to seal €35m transfer deals - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal are having a quiet transfer deadline day. To be honest we didn't expect that. Arsene Wenger said in the press conference last week that the Gunners are open to add new players to the side and we really expected some transfer activity from them.

Deal Close: Arsenal submit €20m bid to land Dortmund defender

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Deal Close: Arsenal submit €20m bid to land Dortmund defender - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Reliable journalist Gianluca di Marzio claimed couple of days back that Arsenal had submitted a€15m bid for Borussia Dortmund's Greek defenderSokratis Papastathopoulos.

Dortmund are demanding in the region of€25m, but Greece website Sport 24 claimed that Arsenal would return back with an improved offer.

Arsenal lodge formal bid to land Dortmund star

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Arsenal lodge formal bid to land Dortmund star - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to reports from the trusted and reliable Gianluca Di Marzio website, Arsenal ahev lodged a formal bid of €15m plus bonuses to sign Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos from German giants Borussia Dortmund.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Sokratis Papastathopoulos

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By RYAN TOLMICH

When Greece went down to 10 men in the 38th minute in their clash with Japan, they knew exactly what they had to do from that point forward.

The Greeks assumed their typical defensive position, stayed composed and held on for a critical point in their scoreless draw with Japan, mostly due to the strength and physicality of their defense.

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WATCH The Greeks Score A Late Equalizer Against Costa Rica to Send Game to Extra Time [VIDEO]

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Greece'sSokratis Papastathopoulos scored a late goal for the Greeks against Costa Rica to end the regulation time 1-1 and to send the World Cup Round of 16 game into extra time.

In a tense 90 minutes, Costa Rica took the lead in the 52nd minute with a goal by Bryan Ruiz. And it appeared that Costa Rica may have held on to the 1-0 victory untilSokratis knocked in a late goal to break the hearts of the Ticos players and fans, and to keep the Greece hopes alive.

Arsenal’s Wojciech Szczesny has disastrous start to Euro 2012

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Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny had a nightmare start for Poland at Euro 2012 after being sent off with a straight red card in the 68th minute of a 1-1 game. The co-host nation had gotten off to a fine start with striker Robert Lewandowski of German champion Borussia Dortmund giving them the lead in the 17th minute.

Werder Bremen

Video – Werder Bremen players fight in training

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It is getting to the stage of the season when things start to get a little bit tense as teams fight to win leagues or avoid relegation. Bundesliga side Werder Bremen have under-performed this season, and are hanging around the relegation one in Germany. The pressure of the situation has clearly got to the players, [.

Werder Bremen pair clash in training

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Werder Bremen pair Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Marko Arnautovic clashed during a training session on Thursday. The Green-Whites sit just six points above the relegation zone with eight games remaining and tension appeared to kick in prior to Saturday's trip to Europa League contenders Mainz 05. Austrian forward Marko Arnautovic has cut a frustrating figure for [.