Easy opponents for Greek UEFA teams

Both Greek teams participating in the European UEFA soccer cup made it through to the second round on Thursday night, and were drawn yesterday to play relatively easy opponents. PAOK Thessaloniki will play Dukla Pribram from the Czech Republic, while AEK Athens was drawn against Osijek, a Croatian team, in matches to be played on October 18 and November 1. PAOK easily made it through to the second round, after hammering Austrian Kaerten 4-0 in Thursday’s second-leg match in Thessaloniki. The first game in Austria was a 0-0 draw. A few dozen PAOK supporters demonstrated against the presence in PAOK’s Toumba stadium of Austrian far-right leader Joerg Haider, who traveled to the northern port city to see the match. He is Kaerten’s chairman. AEK had a much harder time getting through, managing to score enough goals in extra time against Scotland’s Hibernian in Edinburgh to qualify for the next round. The Greek team had won the Athens match 2-0, and lost 3-2 to Hibernian, advancing on aggregate.

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