PAOK and Atromitos advance in Europa League

PAOK and Atromitos advance in Europa League

Atromitos and PAOK will on Friday afternoon join Panathinaikos in the draw for the Europa League play-offs, as they saw off their third-qualifying-round opponents on Thursday with relative ease.

In a game dominated by a 50-minute stoppage due to a power failure early in the second half, Atromitos beat AIK Solna 1-0 in Athens to advance on a 4-1 aggregate score.

Brazilian star Marcelinho, the hero of the first-leg victory of Atromitos in Sweden with a 3-1 score, capitalized on a defensive error by AIK and after a great solo effort he slid the ball home on the 67th minute for 1-0.

PAOK snatched a 1-1 draw at Spartak Trnava in Slovakia and reached the play-offs courtesy of its 1-0 win at home last week.

The Thessaloniki team missed some good chances to open the score, and the hosts punished the Greeks with a penalty converted on the 35th minute by Erik Sabo.

The Greeks responded in the third minute of the second half as some great footwork and a pinpoint cross by Nikos Korovesis from the left found Dimitris Constantinidis at the edge of the six-yard box and he equalized from close range.

PAOK played the last 24 minutes of the game with 10 men due to a straight red card shown to Yiannis Skondras.

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