2002–03 Greek Cup

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The Vodafone Greek Cup 2002–03 was the 61st edition of The Greek Football Cup, or Greek Cup for short.

Tournament details[edit]

The two finalists were PAOK and arch-rivals Aris ,meeting up again in a cup final after 33 years.

PAOK had to overcome some big obstacles to reach the final.They qualified against OFI[1][2] on away goals rule and eliminated league champions Olympiacos[3][4] with two wins in the quarter-finals and cup holders AEK[5][6] with 2-1 on aggregate in the semi-finals.

On the contrary,Aris had an easier path on their route to the final.They eliminated PAS Giannina with two wins,Ethnikos Asteras[7] with 3-2 on aggregate in the quarter-finals and qualified against Egaleo[8][9] on away goals rule in the semi-finals.

The final was held at Toumba Stadium,Thessaloniki on 17 May 2003.PAOK defeated Aris 1-0[10][11] with a goal scored by Georgiadis who made an impressive individual effort,driblling past a defender with his right foot,faking a shot with his left (outsmarting another defender and the goalkeeper in the process) and finishing with a swift side-foot kick (using his left again) that launched the ball up and into the back of the net.The assist was provided by Markos.Aris had a great chance to equalize late at the game but the ball hit the post on Morris' effort.

During the postgame press conference,Aris' manager Giorgos Foiros made a complaint that the final should have been a two-legged tie because PAOK had the advantage of playing on home ground.Kaftanzoglio Stadium,a neutral ground and Thessaloniki 's largest stadium was under renovation for the 2004 Summer Olympic games.The Hellenic Football Federation's regulation for that season's cup stated that if the final was to be held at Thessaloniki (that would be the case if at least one of the two finalists was a Thessaloniki 's team),it would be hosted at the second largest stadium of the city which was Toumba.About a week before the game,Aris demanded[12] from the federation either the final to be played at Kalamaria or Makedonikos stadiums,both neutral grounds (with much smaller capacity though) or to be held a draw between Toumba Stadium and Kleanthis Vikelidis Stadium (Aris' home ground), but both requests were denied[13] due to the tournament's regulation.

PAOK's manager Angelos Anastasiadis became the first in club's history to win the cup both as a player (in 1974) and manager.

First round[edit]

Team #1 Agg. Team #2 1st leg 2nd leg
Trikala 0-6 Kallithea 0-4 0-2
OFI 4-0 Kavala 4-0 0-0
Panionios 3-2 Marko 2-1 1-1
Ethnikos Asteras 2-1 Niki Volos 2-0 0-1
Athinaikos 2-3 Agios Dimitrios 1-1 1-2
PAS Giannina 3-1 Vyzas 1-1 2-0
Egaleo 6-4 Agrotikos Asteras 3-1 3-3
Olympiakos Volos (9-8 PSO) 1-1 Panegialios 1-0 0-1
Larissa 0-4 Skoda Xanthi 0-1 0-3
Panserraikos 2-6 Ergotelis 1-2 1-4
Nafpaktiakos Asteras 2-7 Panachaiki 1-5 1-2
Akratitos 8-0 Acharnaikos 3-0 5-0
Agios Nikolaos 2-4 Iraklis 2-3 0-1
Ethnikos Piraeus 0-7 Paniliakos 0-3 0-4
ILTEX Lykoi 0-5 Panathinaikos 0-2 0-3
Levadiakos 4-5 Apollon Kalamaria 2-2 2-3 (a.e.t.)
Chalkidon Near East 6-1 Kastoria 4-0 2-1
Patraikos 3-2 Atromitos 1-1 2-1 (a.e.t.)
Leonidio 0-1 PAOK 0-1 0-0
Kilkisiakos 1-2 Kalamata 1-2 0-0
Kassandra 0-2 AEK Athens 0-2 0-0
Chania 0-6 Aris 0-4 0-2
Kerkyra 1-0 Proodeftiki 0-0 1-0
Fostiras 1-4 Olympiacos 0-2 1-2
Thrasyvoulos 0-3 Apollon Athens 0-2 0-1
Poseidon Neoi Porroi 0-4 Ionikos 0-1 0-3

Second round[edit]

Team #1 Agg. Team #2 1st leg 2nd leg
Iraklis 1-2 Panionios 0-0 1-2
AEK Athens 6-1 Chalkidon Near East 3-1 3-0
PAOK 2-0 Olympiakos Volos 2-0 0-0
Panathinaikos 1-0 Skoda Xanthi 1-0 0-0
Kalamata 1-3 Akratitos 1-1 0-2
Egaleo 4-2 Agios Dimitrios 2-0 2-2
Kallithea 2-4 Olympiacos 1-4 1-0
Patraikos 1-4 Aris 0-1 1-3
Kerkyra 0-4 OFI 0-1 0-3
Ergotelis 2-3 Ethnikos Asteras 2-0 0-3 (a.e.t.)

Third round[edit]

Team #1 Agg. Team #2 1st leg 2nd leg
AEK Athens 5-0 Apollon Athens 2-0 3-0
PAOK (a.g.) 1-1 OFI 0-0 1-1
Aris 4-0 PAS Gianniina 3-0 1-0
Panionios 2-1 Ionikos 1-0 1-1
Panachaiki 0-2 Olympiacos 0-2 0-0
Egaleo 6-1 Paniliakos 4-0 2-1
Apollon Kalamaria 1-4 Ethnikos Asteras 0-2 1-2
Akratitos 0-4 Panathinaikos 0-1 0-3

Quarter-finals[edit]

Team #1 Agg. Team #2 1st leg 2nd leg
Panathinaikos 1-2 Egaleo 0-1 1-1
Panionios 3-5 AEK Athens 1-1 2-4
Aris 3-2 Ethnikos Asteras 3-1 0-1
PAOK 5-2 Olympiacos 3-1 2-1

Semi-finals[edit]

Team #1 Agg. Team #2 1st leg 2nd leg
Egaleo 1-1 Aris (a.g.) 1-1 0-0
AEK Athens 1-2 PAOK 0-1 1-1

Final[edit]

The 59th Greek Cup Final was played at the Toumba Stadium, Toumba (Thessaloniki).

PAOK1 – 0Aris
Georgiadis Goal 24'
Attendance: 18,703
Referee: Giorgos Douros (Corinthia)
PAOK
Aris
PAOK:
GK 33 Greece Kyriakos Tochouroglou
DF 30 Cyprus Yiotis Engomitis
DF  3 Greece Vangelis Koutsopoulos Yellow card 33'
DF 19 Ghana Koffi Amponsah Substituted off 89'
MF  5 Greece Dimitris Markos
MF 14 Greece Giorgos Koutsis Substituted off 70'
MF 11 Greece Giorgos Georgiadis
MF 77 Poland Mariusz Kukiełka
FW  9 Cyprus Yiannakis Okkas
MF  1 Greece Pantelis Kafes (c)
FW 18 Cyprus Yiasoumis Yiasoumi Yellow card 56' Substituted off 74'
Substitutes:
GK 31 Greece Ilias Atmatsidis
DF 80 Greece Vangelis Nastos Substituted in 89'
DF 44 Greece Loukas Karadimos
DF 23 Greece Dionysis Chasiotis Substituted in 70'
MF 22 Cameroon Armando Feutchine
MF 20 Serbia and Montenegro Sladzan Spasić Substituted in 74'
FW  8 Greece Dimitris Salpingidis
Manager:
Greece Angelos Anastasiadis
ARIS:
GK 31 Greece Christos Lambakis
DF 29 South Africa Nasief Morris
DF 13 Greece Panagiotis Katsiaros
DF 23 Greece Giorgos Koltsidas Yellow card 20'
DF 21 Greece Nikos Papadopoulos (c) Yellow card 44'
MF  3 Greece Angelos Digozis Substituted off 46'
MF  4 Greece Michalis Panopoulos Substituted off 70'
MF  8 Sweden Magnus Källander
FW 99 The Gambia Njogu Demba-Nyrén Substituted off 46'
MF 10 Cameroon Joël Epalle
MF 17 Netherlands Richard Knopper
Substitutes:
GK  1 Greece Alexandros Dellios
DF  5 Greece Andreas Skentzos
DF  6 Greece Giannis Mallous
MF 20 Republic of Macedonia Aguinaldo Braga Substituted in 46'
MF  7 Greece Nikos Kyzeridis
MF 14 Morocco Salaheddine Bassir Substituted in 70'
FW 11 Greece Leonidas Kampantais Substituted in 46'
Manager:
Greece Giorgos Foiros

Man of the Match:

MATCH OFFICIALS

  • Assistant referees:
    • Tsolakidis
    • Groutsis
  • Fourth official: Borovilos

MATCH RULES

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Seven named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.

References[edit]

  1. ^ ΠΑΟΚ-ΟΦΗ 0-0. in.gr (in Greek).
  2. ^ ΟΦΗ-ΠΑΟΚ 1-1. kathimerini.gr (in Greek).
  3. ^ ΠΑΟΚ-Ολυμπιακός 3-1. in.gr (in Greek).
  4. ^ Ολυμπιακός-ΠΑΟΚ 1-2. tanea.gr (in Greek).
  5. ^ ΑΕΚ-ΠΑΟΚ 0-1. rizospastis.gr (in Greek).
  6. ^ ΠΑΟΚ-ΑΕΚ 1-1. in.gr (in Greek).
  7. ^ Εθνικός Αστέρας-Αρης 1-0. in.gr (in Greek).
  8. ^ Aιγάλεω-Αρης 1-1. in.gr (in Greek).
  9. ^ Αρης-Αιγάλεω 0-0. rizospastis.gr (in Greek).
  10. ^ ΠΑΟΚ-Αρης 1-0. gazzetta.gr (in Greek).
  11. ^ Georgiadis goal enough for PAOK. uefa.com.
  12. ^ Αλλαγή έδρας ζήτησε ο Αρης. in.gr (in Greek).
  13. ^ Ανακοίνωση ΕΠΟ. contra.gr (in Greek).