CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON - Sunday, March 21, 2010
The visiting Black and Gold brigade took the early lead in Athens thanks to Eddie Johnson's second tally of the season, but conceded minutes before the curtain fell.
The 25-year old American started the game and went the distance, while Freddy Adu remained on the bench for the duration of the encounter.
Eleven minutes in, Johnson broke open the scoring after Darcy Dolce Neto fed forward down the right side for Javito, who caught up with the pass at the backline for a quick cross.
The Fulham forward met up with the pass at the corner of the box for a one-timed strike that slipped in between Tomáš Belic and the near post for the early lead.
Johnson nearly doubled the advantage several minutes into the second half after teaming up once again with Javito. Finding the Spaniard out on the right flank, the American sped ahead to meet with Javito's feed from 25 yards out, but misplaced his header over the crossbar.
Davor Kukec finally provided the game-tying blast after Bennard Yao Kumordzi collected a pass from the left side at the top of the box.
With his back to the net, the Ghanaian laid off to the Croation midfielder, whose shot from 20 yards out sneaked inside the left post of back-up keeper Michal Peškovič's net.
Hector Cuper's men find themselves firmly in fifth with five points ahead of them and behind them.
Aris suit up again on Thursday to defend their 3-1 advantage in the away leg of the Greek cup semifinal against Kavala FC.
Next Sunday's home game against Levadiakos will be their final of the season in Kleanthis Vikelidis Stadium, and could solidify their place in the post-season.