Win over Rijeka can secure AEK’s place in Europa League knockout stages
AEK control their fate in UEFA Europe League group D after playing to a goalless draw with AC Milan on Thursday. A win over Rijeka on matchday five can secure the Enosis’ place in the knockout stages of the competition.
After four matches in Group D, AEK sit in second place with 6 points having yet to taste defeat with one win and three draws. AC MIlan lead the group with eight points while Austria Wien sit third with four points after their emphatic win in Croatia over Rijeka. The Croatian champions round up the group in last place with three points.
AEK host bottom of the table Rijeka on matchday five at the OAKA Stadium knowing that a win could very well secure their place in the Europa League knockout stages. An AEK win accompanied by an AC MIlan win or draw against Austria Wien (a likely result) will mathematically book the Kitronomavri’s place in the next round of the competition.
All three points over Rijeka will also keep the Greek side in the hunt for first place in the group going into the final matchday (AC Milan travel to Rijeka).
A draw between AEK and Rijeka will leave all things open in the group and the standings will be highly affected by the result in Italy between AC Milan and Austria Wien. If AC Milan do their duty against Austria Wien (win or draw), AEK will continue to control their fate when they travel to Vienna on matchday six in a fixture that will decide who takes second place in the group.
If Rijeka manage to surprise AEK and grab all three points from their clash in Athens, the Croatian side will re-enter the hunt for second spot in the group. An AEK loss to Rijeka, will not eliminate the Kitrinomavri as everything will go down to the wire between AEK, Austria Wien, and Rijeka on the final matchday when AEK travel to Vienna and Rijeka host the possibly indifferent AC Milan (If they have already secured first place).