Olympiacos, PAOK and Panathinaikos qualify to Europa League group stage
All three Greek teams competing in the Europa League managed to overcome their…
All three Greek teams competing in the Europa League managed to overcome their opponents on Thursday evening and have qualified to the group stage of the football competition.
Athens-based Panathinaikos drew 1-1 with Brøndby in Denmark (aggregate: 4-1). The Danish side opened the score with midfielder Hany Mukhtar (35’), however the Greens fought back and equalized the score with Ivan Ivanov (66’) and secured Panathinaikos a ticket to the Europa League group stage.
PAOK had a relaxed evening in Thessaloniki and defeated Dinamo Tbilisi 2-0 (aggregate 5-0) thanks to goals by Garry Rodrigues (5’) and team captain Giorgos Tzavellas (45’). PAOK could have scored more goals however, with forward Djalma Campos missing a penalty.
Greek champions Olympiacos faced major problems against Portugal’s Arouca in Piraeus, with the game going into extra time and ending in 2-1 victory (aggregate 3-1). The game was seemingly headed for a 0-0 draw, however Gegé (80’) opened the score for Arouca and sending the game to extra time.
Experienced midfielder Alejandro Domínguez however came on as a substitute in extra time and equalized the score (94’) for the ‘Reds’. A few minutes later Ideye Brown (113’) doubled the score for Olympiacos and secured his team a ticket to the Europa League group stage draw.