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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 05-06-05

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  • [01] Mission Accomplished!
  • [02] Young Dimitris Karitsas Passed Away
  • [03] Endless Cycle of Violence

  • [01] Greece Tied With Turkey 0-0 Mission Accomplished!

    04 Jun 2005 22:54:00

    By Stathis Petropoulos

    Playing inside fanaticized Izmet Inonou in Istanbul, the European Champions managed to hold on to 0-0 and left with one precious point that keeps them in second place of their group for the 2006 World Cup preliminaries behind Ukraine and after Turkey. The home team set off on a good start and threatened Nikopolidis post from the very first minutes, but Greece eventually balanced the match. In the rerun, Rehhagels players were the ones to gain control and in the 55 Gianakopoulos thundered a shot onto the crossbar. The last minutes of the match were breathtaking as the Turks applied a lot of pressure, but Nikopolidis stability and Lady Luck prevented them from scoring. The Turks were forced to complete the match with ten players, as shortly before the end Basturk was sent off with a second yellow card for protesting.

    Explosive Beginning

    The first quarter of the match was particularly hard on the Greek footballers, as the Turks applied pressure at all times and it was crystal clear they were after a quick goal that would relieve them of the anxiety. Rehhagel's players remained blocked in the box and tried to intercept the Turks' offensive efforts. However, in the 7' the Greek team came close to receiving their first goal since Emre held on to the ball, but his strong and close kick was saved by Nikopolidis in what was his most amazing save in the first half.

    Until the 15', things remained pretty much the same and the Turks continue to apply pressure on the Greek team, but Rehhagel's orders for a tougher defence paid off and the match was balanced. The Greek team slowly started to gain control but that didn't mean they also threatened Rustu's post! Except for a good attempt in the 37', the only good attempt for Greece in the first half, when Vryzas and Charisteas caught two headers before the Turkish goalkeeper could send the ball right in front of Gianakopoulos' feet, nothing was particularly stressing for Rustu and the first half ended in a null draw.

    Luck Not on their Side

    The second half started even more fiercely than the first and the Greek team really participated in it. The first good moment of the rerun belonged to the Turks when Tekke's header landed on Nikopolidis' hands. The Greeks answered back immediately and they could have opened the score, but Giannakopoulos' crashing shot hit the crossbar. In the 55' he made a very good attempt and was left unmarked inside the box, but his shot was blocked by Rustu's crossbar. One minute later, Karagounis forced the Turkish goalkeeper into a spectacular save. But that was it for Greece, and it was time for the Turks again to try and open the score.

    Nikopolidis Saved the Day!

    The Turks gave their answer right away and came close to opening the score. In the 69' Tuncay's strong shot went slightly wide, while in the 72' the same player attempted to score with a header but was out of luck. Opportunities for the Turks were completed in the 83' when Nikopolidis blocked Tekke's pass. Throughout the match, the Greek goalkeeper kept a cool head, as always, aspiring faith in his defenders and forcing opponents to make his work as difficult as possible. However, his performance today was amazing and Nikopolidis really saved the day for Greece! A few minutes before the final whistle, Basturk, perhaps Turkey's top player, was sent off with a second yellow card for protesting.

    Referee: Markus Merk (Germany) Yellow Cards: Karadeniz, Basturk, Katsouranis, Karagounis Red Cards: Basturk

    TURKEY: Rustu, Tolga, Emre (79' Serkan), Umit Ozat, Avci (46' Tuncay), Tekke, Basturk, Altintop, Cimsir, Karadeniz (61' Necati), Toraman

    GREECE: Nikopolidis, Basinas, Goumas, Kapsis, Giourkas, Fyssas, Katsouranis, Karagounis, Giannakopoulos (66' Lakis), Charisteas, Vryzas

    Translated by Sofia Soulioti

    [02] Young Dimitris Karitsas Passed Away

    05 Jun 2005 11:29:00

    By Tina Valaoura

    Luck did not give 12-year-old Dimitris Karitsas from Rhodes the transplant he so desperately needed and his half mechanical heart failed to support him until finding a real one to lie in his young chest. Young Dimitrakis with the big smile on his face, breathed his last at 03:00 Sunday morning in Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center, as the system connecting his artificial heart to the pump suffered an automatic rupture. Despite the immediate and coordinated efforts of the surgical team, the young boy couldn't escape the inevitable. Ironically, today's 22nd Tour of Athens was dedicated to Dimitris Karitsas and his agonizing and brave fight to live for over a year now, at which point the Onassis Center had addressed an emergency appeal for a heart transplant. Lately, efforts to sensitize public opinion had reached their peak and a number of citizens and bodies had rushed to support him, but not Lady Luck, as the transplant couldn't be found. The mortal remains of yound Dimitris will be carried to his homeland, Rhodes, where the funeral will be held on Monday.

    Translated by Sofia Soulioti

    [03] Endless Cycle of Violence

    05 Jun 2005 10:19:00

    By Tina Valaoura

    A police operation in a quarter of the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, against followers of fallen president Aristide ended in bloodshed. The number of victims still remains unknown and the police refuse to make any comments on the issue, while the UN cite police sources and speak of 2 dead and 35 arrested. As per international news agencies, the victims relatives say at least 18 people have been killed during the police operation. A hospital source reported that 17 dead bodies were admitted to the Port-au-Press university morgue on Saturday and 3 on Friday.

    As per eye-witnesses, members of the blue helmets were present in the police operation but did not interfere, a fact confirmed by Colonel Carlos Barcelos, Un peace force representative in Bel Air, who stated that the Brazilian force did not participate in the operation, but supported it with roadblocks. Inhabitants told reporters that policemen set many houses on fire.

    Violence Reigns

    The operation took place in the poor quarter of Bel Air and in other quarters of Port-au-Prince, strongholds of fallen president Jean-Bertrand Aristide's followers, four days after the attack in a market and a police station that cost the lives of ten people.

    The interim Haitian government, supported by UN with 7,400 men, aims at the restoration of order in view of the upcoming elections in this poor Caribbean country.

    However, human rights groups accuse the police of executions and extremities against Aristide's followers, accusations which the government denies.

    At least 70 people have been killed in Haiti since September 2004.

    Translated by Sofia Soulioti

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