AEK Athens and PAOK impress in tough Europa League clashes

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Two Greek Super League sides have come away with victories in the Europa League Friday morning. Thessaloniki based team PAOK managed to defeat 3rd placed Dutch side PSV 4-1, meanwhile AEK Athens came home with a similar 4-1 win against Zorya Luhansk.

PAOK managed to shock fans as they came back from being one goal down in the 20th minute due to a penalty given away by PAOK’s Douglas Augusto Soares Gomes, who also received a yellow card.

Entering the second half one goal down, PAOK came out in blazing hot form to score three goals in fifteen minutes. The first goal, scored by midfielder Stefan Schwab, was scored only two minutes after the Greeks came back on the pitch.

A fourth goal scored by Andrija Živković, his second of the night, wrapped up a nice victory for the Thessaloniki team.

Meanwhile in the Ukraine, AEK Athens impressed with four goals against a struggling Ukrainian Premier League side. The game was gritty, to say the least, with an astonishing 29 fouls between the two sides, with 17 of those committed by AEK Athens.

While the Greek capital side dominated on the scoresheet, putting four goals against the Ukrainians, they finished the match with only 34 percent possession. This was accompanied with a disappointing pass accuracy rate of 64 percent, compared with Zorya Luhansk’s 83 percent.

The stats didn’t matter for AEK’s attackers, however, with left-striker Marko Livaja scoring two and Swedish striker Muamer Tanković scoring one.

AEK Athens are third in the Europa League Group, three-points behind Portuguese side SC Braga, while PAOK are second in their respective group.

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