AEK left goalless and frustrated by PAS Giannina
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 2
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AEK Athens endured a frustrating evening in Ioannina in Sunday’s late game as they were held to a goalless draw at the Zosimades stadium in the last of the SuperLeague Matchday 2 fixtures.
Manolo Jimenenz’s side struggled to get hold of the ball for long spells against their well-prepared opponents, but in the end came the closest to scoring with both Croatian forward Marko Livaja and Serbian defender Uroš Ćosić hitting the woodwork.
The Yellow and Blacks went into the match on a high after progressing to the Europa League group stages in midweek thanks to an emphatic 3-0 home win over Club Brugge, but they failed to continue the momentum against Giannis Petrakis’ PAS side.
PAS were in control for virtually the entire first half, albeit without threatening Giannis Anestis in the AEK goal. Instead it was PAS goalkeeper Markos Vellidis who was beaten by Livaja a minute before half-time, but the home keeper was rescued by his upright.
AEK improved significantly in the second half as PAS seemed to run out of steam, and the visitors were unlucky not to secure the three points six minutes from time when Cosic struck the crossbar.
The result moves AEK on to four points, and they lie in third spot behind early pacesetters Olympiacos and Panionios, both of which won their opening two fixtures and have six points.