- Panionios Ends Great Season With a Win -
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE PLAYOFFS - MATCHDAY 6
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Panionios capped off of a tremendous season with a 1-0 victory over AEK in the final matchday of the Greek SuperLeague Playoffs. This is Panionios’ first win in this year’s Playoffs as they celebrate their place in next year’s UEFA Europa League.
Today’s match in Nea Smyrni was indifferent since neither team had much to play for. Regardless of today’s results, Panionios was sure to finish in 4th place while top spot was mathematically unreachable for AEK. Both teams got off to a slow start and the match began to pick up in the 20th minute. Chances were created by both sides before the breakthrough came five minutes before the break. From a corner, Masouras well-placed header beat AEK’s keeper Baroja, giving Panionios the 1-0 lead. Two minutes after the restart, Panionios missed a great double opportunity to score their second and 2 minutes later AEK came close to an equalizer when Aravidis’ shot was denied by the woodwork. The home side controlled the pace of the game and kept their 1-0 lead to the final whistle. The Panionios players celebrated with their fans the victory and more importantly a fantastic season (ends with a place in the Europa League)..
As the 4th placed team from the SuperLeague Playoffs, Panionios will enter the UEFA Europa League 2nd Qualifying Round. AEK, who finished 3rd in the Playoffs and are the Cup Champions, will begin their European season in the Europa League 3rd Qualifying Round, along with Panathinaikos.
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