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country flag Champions League Round Play-Off (2)
Tue 28 August 2018 20:00
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Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
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AEK Athens

Last updated: Tue 28 August 2018 09:45
In Brief

Bakasetsas is banned. Ajdarevic and Boye are again missing. Chygrynskiy and Albanis are ruled out.

Looking Back

Have a vital advantage from the first leg after earning a 2:1 win against MOL Vidi in Hungary. It should have been even better for the Yellow and Blacks after opening up a two-goal lead and having a man more on the pitch but they lost their focus a bit after that and had a man sent off. At the end, there was nearly an equaliser for the home side.

Kicked off the new league season with a routine 2:0 success at home over PAS Giannina. It was all pretty straightforward for AEK as goals by Ezequiel Ponce and Marko Livaja either side of the break earned them a 2:0 success, with the manager resting some important players.

Looking Ahead

Looking to complete the job against MOL Vidi at home on Tuesday and seal a place in the group stages of the Champions League, which would be a brilliant achievement. Marinos Ouzonidis will be expecting his men to maintain their focus and keep it tight and simple as all the pressure and expectations will be on their shoulders.

No fresh injury concerns but Anastasios Bakasetsas is banned for the game after his dismissal last week and his place in the side is set to be taken by Rodrigo Galo. Astrit Ajdarevic is nursing an injury and is still out. The likes of Lucas Boye, Christos Albanis and Dmytyi Chygrynskiy remain definitely sidelined.

Points of Interest

AEK are on a historic run without defeat in Europe, stretching back 13 games and 13 months to a 2:0 loss against CSKA Moscow. Since then, AEK have won four and drawn a remarkable nine games in the Champions League and Europa League.

MOL Vidi

Last updated: Tue 28 August 2018 09:45
In Brief

Huszti is banned but otherwise everyone is available.

Looking Back

Suffered a costly 2:1 home loss against AEK in the first leg and it is looking like a daunting challenge for the Hungarian side if they are to overturn the deficit. Marko Nikolic's side got themselves in a real mess in the first half when they had a man sent off and then conceded a goal that was rather preventable. There was a good fightback in the second half of the game but the result still leaves MOL Vidi in a very tough spot.

Looking Ahead

No fresh concerns with injuries for Nikolic and he has had the whole week to prepare for the second leg as there was no league game at the weekend for his side. He will expect more discipline and defensive structure from his men and will challenge them to raise their level and become the first side in 14 games to inflict AEK a defeat in Europe.

Szabolcs Huszti is banned for the game due to his dismissal in the first leg and his place in the side is most likely going to be taken by Marko Scepovic. There are no fresh injury concerns reported and there is a clean bill of health for the manager.

Signed new player in the days before the game in Armin Hodzic from Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb but he will of course not be available for the return leg.

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Transfer in
  • Lucas Boye (att), Torino - loan), Ezequiel Ponce (att), Roma - loan), Marios Oikonomou (def), Bologna - loan), Christos Albanis (att), Apollon Smyrnis), Alef (mid), Braga - loan)
Transfer out
  • Jakob Johansson (r)(mid), Rennes), Ognjen Vranjes (r)(def), Anderlecht), Lazaros Christodoulopoulos (r)(att), Olympiacos), Sergio Araujo (r)(att), Las Palmas - end of loan), Panagiotis Kone (sp)(mid), Udinese - end of loan), Masoud Shojaei (sp)(att), Tractor Sazi), Giannis Anestis (sp)(gk), Hapoel Beer'Sheva)
Transfer in
  • Bence Sós (mid), Debrecen), Zsombor Berecz (mid), Vasas), Szilveszter Hangya (def), Vasas), Armin Hodzic (mid), Dinamo Zagreb)
Transfer out
  • Roland Szolnoki (sp)(mid), Puskas Academia), Asmir Suljic (sp)(mid), Olimpija Ljubljana), Ezekiel Henty (sp)(att), Puskas Academia), Ádám Bódi (sp)(mid), Debrecen)
Transfer in
  • Lucas Boye (att), Torino - loan), Ezequiel Ponce (att), Roma - loan), Marios Oikonomou (def), Bologna - loan), Christos Albanis (att), Apollon Smyrnis), Alef (mid), Braga - loan)
Transfer out
  • Jakob Johansson (r)(mid), Rennes), Ognjen Vranjes (r)(def), Anderlecht), Lazaros Christodoulopoulos (r)(att), Olympiacos), Sergio Araujo (r)(att), Las Palmas - end of loan), Panagiotis Kone (sp)(mid), Udinese - end of loan), Masoud Shojaei (sp)(att), Tractor Sazi), Giannis Anestis (sp)(gk), Hapoel Beer'Sheva)

MOL Vidi

Last updated: Tue 28 August 2018 09:45
In Brief

Huszti is banned but otherwise everyone is available.

Looking Back

Suffered a costly 2:1 home loss against AEK in the first leg and it is looking like a daunting challenge for the Hungarian side if they are to overturn the deficit. Marko Nikolic's side got themselves in a real mess in the first half when they had a man sent off and then conceded a goal that was rather preventable. There was a good fightback in the second half of the game but the result still leaves MOL Vidi in a very tough spot.

Looking Ahead

No fresh concerns with injuries for Nikolic and he has had the whole week to prepare for the second leg as there was no league game at the weekend for his side. He will expect more discipline and defensive structure from his men and will challenge them to raise their level and become the first side in 14 games to inflict AEK a defeat in Europe.

Szabolcs Huszti is banned for the game due to his dismissal in the first leg and his place in the side is most likely going to be taken by Marko Scepovic. There are no fresh injury concerns reported and there is a clean bill of health for the manager.

Signed new player in the days before the game in Armin Hodzic from Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb but he will of course not be available for the return leg.

Suspended Unavailable
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Doubtful (chance of availability)
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Rested
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Transfer in
  • Bence Sós (mid), Debrecen), Zsombor Berecz (mid), Vasas), Szilveszter Hangya (def), Vasas), Armin Hodzic (mid), Dinamo Zagreb)
Transfer out
  • Roland Szolnoki (sp)(mid), Puskas Academia), Asmir Suljic (sp)(mid), Olimpija Ljubljana), Ezekiel Henty (sp)(att), Puskas Academia), Ádám Bódi (sp)(mid), Debrecen)

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Game Score
Round Play-Off (1)
Red Star Belgrade - Red Bull Salzburg 0 - 0
BATE Borisov - PSV Eindhoven 2 - 3
SL Benfica - PAOK 1 - 1
Young Boys Bern - Dinamo Zagreb 1 - 1
Ajax - Dynamo Kyiv 3 - 1
MOL Vidi - AEK Athens 1 - 2
Round Play-Off (2)
Dynamo Kyiv - Ajax 0 - 0
Dinamo Zagreb - Young Boys Bern 1 - 2
AEK Athens - MOL Vidi 1 - 1
PAOK - SL Benfica 1 - 4
PSV Eindhoven - BATE Borisov 3 - 0
Red Bull Salzburg - Red Star Belgrade 2 - 2
Round Grp B (1)
Internazionale - Tottenham Hotspur 2 - 1
FC Barcelona - PSV Eindhoven 4 - 0
Round Grp A (1)
Monaco - Atletico Madrid 1 - 2
Club Brugge - Borussia Dortmund 0 - 1
Round Grp C (1)
Liverpool - Paris St Germain 3 - 2
Red Star Belgrade - Napoli 0 - 0
Round Grp D (1)
Schalke - FC Porto 1 - 1
Galatasaray - Lokomotiv Moscow 3 - 0
Round Grp F (1)
Shakhtar Donetsk - Hoffenheim 2 - 2
Manchester City - Olympique Lyonnais 1 - 2
Round Grp E (1)
Ajax - AEK Athens 3 - 0
SL Benfica - Bayern Munchen 0 - 2
Round Grp G (1)
Real Madrid - Roma 3 - 0
FC Viktoria Plzen - CSKA Moscow 2 - 2
Round Grp H (1)
Valencia - Juventus 0 - 2
Young Boys Bern - Manchester United 0 - 3
Round Grp F (2)
Hoffenheim - Manchester City 1 - 2
Olympique Lyonnais - Shakhtar Donetsk 2 - 2
Round Grp H (2)
Juventus - Young Boys Bern 3 - 0
Manchester United - Valencia 0 - 0
Round Grp E (2)
Bayern Munchen - Ajax 1 - 1
AEK Athens - SL Benfica 2 - 3
Round Grp G (2)
Roma - FC Viktoria Plzen 5 - 0
CSKA Moscow - Real Madrid 1 - 0
Round Grp C (2)
Paris St Germain - Red Star Belgrade 6 - 1
Napoli - Liverpool 1 - 0
Round Grp D (2)
Lokomotiv Moscow - Schalke 0 - 1
FC Porto - Galatasaray 1 - 0
Round Grp A (2)
Borussia Dortmund - Monaco 3 - 0
Atletico Madrid - Club Brugge 3 - 1
Round Grp B (2)
Tottenham Hotspur - FC Barcelona 2 - 4
PSV Eindhoven - Internazionale 1 - 2
Round Grp H (3)
Young Boys Bern - Valencia 1 - 1
Manchester United - Juventus 0 - 1
Round Grp E (3)
AEK Athens - Bayern Munchen 0 - 2
Ajax - SL Benfica 1 - 0
Round Grp F (3)
Shakhtar Donetsk - Manchester City 0 - 3
Hoffenheim - Olympique Lyonnais 3 - 3
Round Grp G (3)
Roma - CSKA Moscow 3 - 0
Real Madrid - FC Viktoria Plzen 2 - 1
Round Grp B (3)
PSV Eindhoven - Tottenham Hotspur 2 - 2
FC Barcelona - Internazionale 2 - 0
Round Grp A (3)
Club Brugge - Monaco 1 - 1
Borussia Dortmund - Atletico Madrid 4 - 0
Round Grp C (3)
Liverpool - Red Star Belgrade 4 - 0
Paris St Germain - Napoli 2 - 2
Round Grp D (3)
Lokomotiv Moscow - FC Porto 1 - 3
Galatasaray - Schalke 0 - 0
Round Grp C (4)
Red Star Belgrade - Liverpool 2 - 0
Napoli - Paris St Germain 1 - 1
Round Grp A (4)
Monaco - Club Brugge 0 - 4
Atletico Madrid - Borussia Dortmund 2 - 0
Round Grp B (4)
Internazionale - FC Barcelona 1 - 1
Tottenham Hotspur - PSV Eindhoven 2 - 1
Round Grp D (4)
FC Porto - Lokomotiv Moscow 4 - 1
Schalke - Galatasaray 2 - 0
Round Grp H (4)
Valencia - Young Boys Bern 3 - 1
Juventus - Manchester United 1 - 2
Round Grp G (4)
CSKA Moscow - Roma 1 - 2
FC Viktoria Plzen - Real Madrid 0 - 5
Round Grp E (4)
Bayern Munchen - AEK Athens 2 - 0
SL Benfica - Ajax 1 - 1
Round Grp F (4)
Manchester City - Shakhtar Donetsk 6 - 0
Olympique Lyonnais - Hoffenheim 2 - 2
Round Grp E (5)
AEK Athens - Ajax 0 - 2
Bayern Munchen - SL Benfica 5 - 1
Round Grp G (5)
CSKA Moscow - FC Viktoria Plzen 1 - 2
Roma - Real Madrid 0 - 2
Round Grp F (5)
Olympique Lyonnais - Manchester City 2 - 2
Hoffenheim - Shakhtar Donetsk 2 - 3
Round Grp H (5)
Juventus - Valencia 1 - 0
Manchester United - Young Boys Bern 1 - 0
Round Grp A (5)
Atletico Madrid - Monaco 2 - 0
Borussia Dortmund - Club Brugge 0 - 0
Round Grp D (5)
Lokomotiv Moscow - Galatasaray 2 - 0
FC Porto - Schalke 3 - 1
Round Grp C (5)
Paris St Germain - Liverpool 2 - 1
Napoli - Red Star Belgrade 3 - 1
Round Grp B (5)
Tottenham Hotspur - Internazionale 1 - 0
PSV Eindhoven - FC Barcelona 1 - 2
Round Grp D (6)
Galatasaray - FC Porto 2 - 3
Schalke - Lokomotiv Moscow 1 - 0
Round Grp A (6)
Monaco - Borussia Dortmund 0 - 2
Club Brugge - Atletico Madrid 0 - 0
Round Grp B (6)
FC Barcelona - Tottenham Hotspur 1 - 1
Internazionale - PSV Eindhoven 1 - 1
Round Grp C (6)
Red Star Belgrade - Paris St Germain 1 - 4
Liverpool - Napoli 1 - 0
Round Grp G (6)
Real Madrid - CSKA Moscow 0 - 3
FC Viktoria Plzen - Roma 2 - 1
Round Grp F (6)
Shakhtar Donetsk - Olympique Lyonnais 1 - 1
Manchester City - Hoffenheim 2 - 1
Round Grp H (6)
Valencia - Manchester United 2 - 1
Young Boys Bern - Juventus 2 - 1
Round Grp E (6)
Ajax - Bayern Munchen 3 - 3
SL Benfica - AEK Athens 1 - 0
Round 1/8 Final (1)
Manchester United - Paris St Germain 0 - 2
Roma - FC Porto 2 - 1
Ajax - Real Madrid 1 - 2
Tottenham Hotspur - Borussia Dortmund 3 - 0
Olympique Lyonnais - FC Barcelona 0 - 0
Liverpool - Bayern Munchen 0 - 0
Schalke - Manchester City 2 - 3
Atletico Madrid - Juventus 2 - 0
Round 1/8 Final (2)
Real Madrid - Ajax 1 - 4
Borussia Dortmund - Tottenham Hotspur 0 - 1
Paris St Germain - Manchester United 1 - 3
FC Porto - Roma 3 - 1
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Manchester City - Schalke 7 - 0
Juventus - Atletico Madrid 3 - 0
FC Barcelona - Olympique Lyonnais 5 - 1
Bayern Munchen - Liverpool 1 - 3
Round 1/4 Final (1)
Liverpool - FC Porto 2 - 0
Tottenham Hotspur - Manchester City 1 - 0
Manchester United - FC Barcelona 0 - 1
Ajax - Juventus 1 - 1
Round 1/4 Final (2)
FC Barcelona - Manchester United 3 - 0
Juventus - Ajax 1 - 2
Manchester City - Tottenham Hotspur 4 - 3
FC Porto - Liverpool 1 - 4
Round 1/2 Final (1)
Tottenham Hotspur - Ajax 0 - 1
FC Barcelona - Liverpool 3 - 0
Round 1/2 Final (2)
Liverpool - FC Barcelona 4 - 0
Ajax - Tottenham Hotspur 2 - 3
Round Final
Tottenham Hotspur - Liverpool 0 - 2