AEK suffer upset by Larissa in Greek Cup semi
GREEK SOCCER CUP - SEMI FINALS (LEG 1)
|Larissa||2 - 1||AEK|
|Nazlidis 57' (p)
Larissa stunned AEK on Thursday by fighting back from a goal down to claim a dramatic late 2-1 in the first leg of their Greek Cup semi-final clash played amid a tense atmosphere at the AEL FC Arena - inflicting the first defeat after 26 matches for Manolo Jimenez’s team.
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AEK, who had not lost a match since October 23 in the SuperLeague against Atromitos, took a 51st-minute lead through Masoud Shojaei against the run of play after Larissa had started the match strongly.
The home side continued to press forward despite going behind, however, and AEK’s lead lasted just six minutes before Thomas Nazlidis levelled the match from the penalty spot.
AEK then tried to hang on for a draw but the pressure from the Vissini told in the closing minutes and Croatian forward Sandi Križman scored a superb winner with an unstoppable shot in the second minute of added time.
While the defeat is a disappointing one for Manolo Jimenez’s AEK, who were missing several key players, the Kitrinomavri are still favorites to reach the final with the second leg to come at their Olympic Stadium home, where a 1-0 victory would see them through.