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Euro watch: Goals escape rivals Aris

  • 01 February 2011 12:42
  • Posted by Peter Ferguson

Aris are still struggling to get into gear with the first leg of their Europa League tie against City just a fortnight away.

The Thessaloniki outfit are a long way off the pace following a goalless home draw with PAOK, and currently languish in ninth place in the table with another toughie at AEK next up on Saturday.

New boy Daisuke Sakata, the Japan striker signed from Yokohama, stayed on the bench while former Blue and attacking midfielder Nery Castillo played the last 15 minutes without being able to break the deadlock.

It leaves the Greeks desperate to end an unwanted run of four games without a win as they prepare for City's visit in the round of 32 on February 15.

If City progress to the last 16, they will face either Besiktas or Dynamo Kyiv, who kept ticking over during the Ukrainian winter break with a 1-0 friendly win over Nizhniy Novgorod.

Dynamo have loaned Brazilian striker Andre Felipe, their 20-year-old summer signing from Santos, to Bordeaux for the rest of the season

Besiktas were brought down to earth by a 2-1 defeat at Belediyespor, with Black Eagles boss Bernd Schuster being banished to the stands. He protested: "The referee showed me a red card for swearing at the linesman.

"How can I swear? I don’t speak a word of Turkish. I was just trying to argue an offside call, but the fourth referee took my gestures as an insult. I think the referee made a big mistake there.”

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