PAO loses to Milano but makes playoffs

Panathinaikos surprisingly lost at home to Emporio Armani Milano 67-58 on Thursday but has mathematically qualified to the playoffs of the Euroleague and can still finish top of its group if it beats UNICS Kazan next week by any score.

Milano were far superior to Panathinaikos on the night and led throughout the match at the Olympic Sports Hall to get a fully-deserved victory with the help of its Greek stars, Antonis Fotsis and Yiannis Bourousis. Fotsis, a former Panathinaikos player enjoyed a very warm reception by the home support.

The Greens were a shadow of their usual selves, with assistant coach Dimitris Itoudis saying after the game that with the shooting rate the European champions had on the night they would have lost to anyone.

Dimitris Diamantidis scored 12 points ending up as the hosts? top scorer.

However, the fact that the Greens preserved their lead in the head-to-head record with the Italians, having won by 21 points in the away game, has meant that they are now through to the playoffs.

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