CYPRIOT & GREEK SIDES PROGRESS IN THE EUROPA LEAGUE QUALIFYING
Thursday night results are in and the Cypriot sides and one Greek club have all successfully progressed to the Third qualifying round of Europa League qualifying.
AEK Larnaca sealed a 1-0 solid home win against Irish out-fit Cork City, taking a 2-0 aggregate victory. Florian (33’) diving reader redirects a team-mate’s shot in to the Cork net, which guaranteed their European adventure would continue in the competition this season.
AEK Larnaca play Dinamo Minsk of Belarus in Third qualifying round.
Meanwhile, AEL booked their passage to the next round after a convincing 3-1 aggregate score-line, defeating Progrès Niederkorn (agg: 3-1) at the Antonis Papadopoulos stadium. Fidelis (70’) fires in opener from distance, goalkeeper fumbling his shot.
Françoise responds to level the score-line on 80’, but Lafrance (88’) pounces for late AEL winner after a team-mate’s shot is saved.
AEL Limassol play Austria Wien of Austria in the Third qualifying round.
Elsewhere, Apollon Limassol produced a stunning 5-1 aggregate under their belt, beating Romanian team Zaria Bălți 2-1 away at the Stadionul Zimbru, Chisinau. Alex (45’) converts Apollon penalty low to left just before break; Focşa loops in headed reply. Zaria’s Raţa sent off; Schembri (80) scrambles in winner after Zelaya shot is saved.
Apollon play Scottish out-fit Aberdeen in Third qualifying round.
Greek side Panionios produced a dramatic away victory 3-2, beating Športni Park, at Nova Gorica in Slovenia, advancing, with a 5-2 aggregate score-line.
Masouras (11’) flicks opener; Yesil (16’) restores lead from close range following Kapić (15’) penalty. Lamprou clips away Panionios’s third on 23 minutes; Kapić (67’) scores second spot-kick after break.
Panionios play Israeli team Maccabi Tel-Aviv in the Third qualifying round.
Third qualifying round (matches 27 July/3 August)
Article written by London Greek Radio