AEK drop first defeat in 27 matches

AEK drop first defeat in 27 matches
 

AEK Athens dropped a shock defeat to AEL on Thursday, going down 1:2 in the Greek Cup semi-final first leg. Amazingly, it was the Enosis’ first defeat in 27 matches, bringing the incredible unbeaten run to a halt.

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Since losing to Atromitos on October 23 last year, AEK were unbeatable for 26 matches in all competitions, winning 16 games during that time. The Athenians expected to keep that streak going when taking on AEL in Larissa, but despite Masoud Shojaei giving AEK a second half lead, hosts AEL struck back to win the match in stoppage time with Sandi Krizman volleying home a beauty. It was also head coach Manolo Jimenez’s first away defeat in the Greek Cup at the Enosis’ helm and the club’s maiden road loss in the competition for six years.

AEK’s 26 matches without defeat:

Apollon Larissa - AEK - 0:7 (Greek Cup)
Panionios - AEK - 0:1 (Super League)
AEK - AC Milan - 0:0 (Europa League)
AEK - PAOK - 1:0 (Super League)
Panathinaikos - AEK - 1:1 (Super League)
AEK - Rijeka - 2:2 (Europa League)
AEK - Platanias - 3:0 (Super League)
Kallithea - AEK - 2:3 (Greek Cup)
Levadiakos - AEK - 0:2 (Super League)
Austria Vienna - AEK - 0:0 (Europa League)
AEK - AOK Kerkyra - 3:1 (Super League)
AEK - Apollon Smyrnis - 0:0 (Super League)
Panetolikos - AEK - 0:4 (Greek Cup)
Panetolikos - AEK - 1:4 (Super League)
AEK - Panetolikos - 1:0 (Greek Cup)
AEK - PAS Giannina - 3:1 (Super League)
AEL - AEK - 0:0 (Super League)
Olympiacos - AEK - 0:0 (Greek Cup)
AEK - Lamia - 2:0 (Super League)
Olympiacos - AEK - 1:2 (Super League)
AEK - Olympiacos - 2:1 (Greek Cup)
AEK - Asteras Tripolis - 1:0 (Super League)
AEK - Dynamo Kyiv - 1:1 (Europa League)
AEK - Xanthi - 4:0 (Super League)
Dynamo Kyiv - AEK - 0:0 (Europa League)
Atromitos - AEK - 1:1 (Super League)

After that defeat against Atromitos in late 2017, AEK managed to reach the UEFA Europa League Last 32 and the Greek Cup semi-finals, also occupying second place in the Super League table just one point behind leaders PAOK. Despite the close loss against AEL in Larissa, the Kitrinomavri are still heavy favourites to gain revenge at the OAKA Stadium in Athens and advance to the final.

Without a victory in three successive matches, AEK need to immediately regroup and get back on form in the domestic championship. Following this week’s match against Panionios in the Greek capital, AEK travel to Thessaloniki to face PAOK, a match which could turn out to be the title decider.

 
by Shaun Nicolaides
Image Source: SDNA.gr
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