Omonia Eliminated on Away Goals, AEK Larnaca Through

- Omonia Eliminated on Away Goals, AEK Larnaca Through -
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Despite defeating Beitar Jerusalem 3-2 in the 2nd leg of the UEFA Europa League 2nd Qualifying Round, Omonia was eliminated by the away goals rule (3-3 on aggregate). AEK Larnaca defeated Cliftonville in the return leg, winning 5-2 on aggregate, and will now face Spartak Moskva in the 3rd Qualifying Round.


UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE - 2ND QUALIFYING (LEG 2)

Omonia 3 - 2 Beitar Jerusalem
Agaiev 26'
Sheridan (p) 45'
Roushias 81'
(3 - 3*)
Agg.
Atzili 17', (p) 45'


Omonia lost the first leg 1-0 in Israel and needed a victory by two goals to advance to the Europa League 3rd Qualifying Round (a 1-0 victory would send the game to extra time). The Cypriots got off to a rough start, falling behind in the 17th minute. Omonia responded nine minutes later to bring the score level 1-1 (1-2 on aggregate). Late in the second half, Beitar Jerusalem converted from the penalty spot for the 1-2 lead before Omonia equalized in stoppage with a penalty of their own. With the score at 2-2, Omonia needed two goals to advance and Roushias brought the Cypriots back in contention with a goal in 81st minute. However, Omonia could not find their fourth goal of the night and they were eliminated from the Europa League by the away goals rule, despite tying 3-3 on aggregate.


HIGHLIGHTS: OMONIA - BEITAR JERUSALEM


UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE - 2ND QUALIFYING (LEG 2)

AEK Larnaca 2 - 0 Cliftonville
Boljevic 45'
Tomas 48'
(5 - 2)
Agg.

Things were better for AEK Larnaca who defeated Cliftonville in Northern Ireland 2-3 in the first leg. Cliftonville went down a man very early in the game (11th minute) when Bonner was sent of with a straight red card. A fantastic goal late in the first half from Boljevic gave AEK Larnaca the 1-0 lead before Tomas secured AEKโ€™s place in the 3rd Qualifying Round with a goal 3 minutes after the restart. AEK Larnaca will have a tough task ahead of them in the 3rd Qualifying Round where they will play Russian side, Spartak Moskva. The first leg will be played in Cyprus one week from today.


HIGHLIGHTS: AEK LARNACA - CLIFTONVILLE

 
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