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Contrasting fortunes for PAOK, AEK

PAOK scored an emphatic 3-1 win in Dublin over Shamrock Rovers on November 3 to go top of its Europa League group, while AEK suffered one more loss, this time to Lokomotiv Moscow with a 3-1 score at home.

PAOK is now one point clear of Tottenham and Rubin Kazan asit enjoyed a comfortable win in Ireland.

The Greeks led 3-0 at half time thanks to a brace by Dimitris Salpigidis at the 7th and the 38th minute and a goal by Giorgos Fotakis at the 35th.

Shamrock Rovers reduced the arrears early in the second half through a Billy Dennehy freekick.

PAOK?s next game is on November 30 at Tottenham.

AEK let its fans down once again in a European game. After a barren first half at the Olympic Stadium, Lokomotiv took the lead through skipper Denis Glushakov at the 50th minute.

Substitute Leonardo equalized for AEK from the penalty spot on the hour mark, but a major error by AEK goalkeeper Yiannis Arabatzis allowed Maicon to restore the Russians? lead at the 72nd minute.

Nine minutes from time Vladislav Ignatyev wrapped it up for Lokomotiv, who is on the verge of qualifying along with Anderlecht from the group. AEK is still without a point after four games played.

AEK will host Anderlecht next on December 1.