CHAD WINGER - Sunday, February 27, 2005
American Peter Philipakos finally made his first team league debut for Olympiakos, with manager Dusan Bajevic giving the youngster the start as the Greek giants made easy work of Chalkidona.
It didn't take long for the New Yorker to leave a great first impression.
After a Chalkidona clearance towards the the corner flag, Philipakos chased down the loose ball, controlling as it hit the ground.
Despite having two defenders on his back, in one smooth motion, he flicked the ball over his head, picking the ball out of mid-air, and volleying a cross over to Giovanni - who chested down to Pantelis Kafes.
The Greek midfielder then found Ieroklis Stoltidis far post, who finished with aplomb and the A Ethniki Katigoria leaders were up in just the 6th minute.
Five minute later Stoltidis - who also scored mid-week against Sochaux in the UEFA Cup - doubled the lead with a smart finish from a Giovanni assist.
Philipakos continued to torment the Chalkidona defense, Panayiotis Pappas and Yiannis Sotirxos both earning yellow cards for tough fouls on the American - the second of which was tough enough for Bajevic to remove the 22-year old at the half for precautionary treatment.
Central defender Giorgos Anatolakis closed out the rout, nodding home a free kick from Predrag Djordjevic 30 seconds after the intermission.
With the result no longer in doubt, both teams played out to a boring final 45 minutes, Olympiakos eventually earning the full three points which sees the side keep its two-point lead in the standings over Panathinaikos.