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A night to forget for AEK and PAOK in Europe

GEORGE GEORGAKOPOULOS

TAGS: Soccer

On a poor night for Greek teams in Europe, PAOK stumbled at home against Omonia Nicosia and AEK suffered a bad loss at Braga for the opening round of group games for the Europa League.

In what was supposed to be its easiest home game in its group, PAOK dropped two points against Omonia drawing 1-1 and has to work very hard to make up for this in the future.

The Cypriot side, that also gave Olympiakos quite a hard time in the Champions League qualifiers, took a first-half lead through Frenchman Eric Bautheac. PAOK only got to equalize with Thomas Murg early in the second half, but could not find a winner.

AEK lost 3-0 in Portugal to a superior Braga that made the Greeks pay for their errors. A question mark arises over the performance and behavior of AEK strikers Nelson Oliveira and Marko Livaja, as well as the way coach Massimo Carrera is handling the team.

Braga opened the score just before half-time with Galeno and extended its lead with two goals in the last 12 minutes of the game through Paulinho and Ricardo Horta.

Up next the two Greek teams will have more difficult tasks, with AEK hosting Leicester City and PAOK playing Granada in Spain on October 29.

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