Good Draw for Panathinaikos, AEK & PAS Unlucky

- Good Draw for Panathinaikos, AEK & PAS Unlucky -
 

Panathinaikos was handed a rather “easy” opponent in the UEFA Europa League 3rd Qualifying Round and will play the winner between AIK and Europa. On the other hand, AEK and PAS Giannina will have a tough task ahead of them as they will face St. Etienne and AZ Alkmaar, respectively.

Panathinaikos was seeded in today’s draw for the UEFA Europa League 3rd Qualifying Round. They were paired with the winner of the match between AIK (Sweden) and Europa (Gibraltar), who are currently playing in the 2nd Qualifying Round. AIK won the first leg 1-0 in Sweden with a goal in the final minute. Overall, it is a good draw on paper for Panathinaikos. The first leg will be played in Greece on July 28th and the return leg will be played away on Aug 4. AIK was drawn last year with Atromitos in Europa League qualifying, with the Greeks winning both legs 1-3 and 1-0.

AEK was unseeded in today’s draw for the UEFA Europa League 3rd Qualifying Round. They were paired with St Etienne, who finished 6th in last year's French Ligue 1. It is a tough draw on paper, in AEK’s return to European competitions, as St Etienne was the “toughest” team in the seeded mini-group. The first leg will be played in France on July 28 and the return leg will be played in Greece on Aug 4.

PAS Giannina was unseeded in today’s draw for the UEFA Europa League 3rd Qualifying Round. The Epirotes are likely to advance to the 3rd Qualifying Round after their 3-0 victory over Odd in the first leg of the 2nd Qualifying Round. If PAS Giannina advances, they will play AZ Alkmaar, who finished 4th in last year's Dutch Eredivisie. It is a tough draw on paper as AZ Alkmaar was the “toughest” team in the seeded mini-group. The first leg will be played in Holland on July 28 and the return leg will be played in Greece on Aug 4.

 
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