Georgios Giakoumakis would rather not think back too often to the home match of VVV-Venlo against Heracles Almelo (3-2 win). The Greek striker seemed to become the schlemiel on Saturday by missing a penalty and causing a penalty, but he tapped in the winning goal in the final minutes.
‘He has never cheered so loudly’
“This was a terrible evening for me”, admitted Giakoumakis in Stadium De Koel FOX Sports. “In the end it was stressful and I was much more eager than usual to score. We wanted to win this game anyway, so I am very happy that we did.”
Giakoumakis was allowed a penalty in the 24th minute, but his attempt was blocked by goalkeeper Koen Bucker and the rebound went over. VVV nevertheless seemed to be heading for a victory, until the Greek caused a penalty in the last fifteen minutes due to a clumsy sliding. Rai Vloet then made the 2-2.
“My own penalty was bad and I should have scored the rebound anyway,” said a self-critical Giakoumakis. “Causing the penalty was also stupid. I thought I was going to hit the ball, but I didn’t. It was a clear penalty.”
Georgios Giakoumakis scored the winning goal in the 88th minute. (Photo: Pro Shots)
The 25-year-old Giakoumakis seemed to grow into a schlemiel of the game due to his mistakes, but he changed that himself. The attacker tapped in in the 88th minute on a pass from Guus Hupperts and celebrated his seventh Eredivisie goal of the season by shouting loudly out of relief.
“I don’t think he has ever cheered so loudly at a goal”, VVV coach Hans de Koning added FOX Sports. “When I talk to him in the dressing room later, I will say that it is fantastic that he has scored and especially that he will have to come back from the international match period. He has to stay fit.”
It is the first time that VVV revelation Giakoumakis is in the selection of Greece. The team of Dutch national coach John van ‘t Schip will play a friendly game against Cyprus on Wednesday and will then meet Moldova (November 15) and Slovenia (November 18) in the Nations League.
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