GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 24
|AEK||3 - 0||PAOK|
|Araujo 1', 85'
Sergio Araujo produced a man-of-the-match display for AEK as the Enosis powered to a superb 3-0 win over PAOK in the derby of the Double-Headed Eagles on Sunday at the Olympic Stadium in Athens.
AEK’s Argentine ace scored two breathtaking goals in the first and 85th minutes, while Christos Aravidis added a third in stoppage time to cap a comprehensive victory for Manolo Jimenez’s side amid scenes of delirium among the home fans.
The victory lifted AEK one point above Xanthi into fifth spot - which secures the final SuperLeague playoff spot - with six matches to go, while PAOK remain in third place.
PAOK, who had enjoyed a stunning derby success of their own last time out against leaders Olympiacos, were on the wrong end of the scoreline this time and their miserable night was hardly helped by defender Stelios Malezas’ sending off for two yellow cards in 53rd minute.
PAOK were already a goal behind at that point as Araujo started the match as he meant to go on - on fire - by scoring the opening goal in the very first minute with an impressive diagonal shot past Panagiotis Glykos in the PAOK goal.
The Argentine was a constant thorn in PAOK’s side on the night, and it was his run down the right which prompted a handball from Malezas which resulted in the Greece defender’s second yellow and subsequent dismissal.
It was all AEK after that and following several wasted chances the Kitrinomavri finally went 2-0 ahead with five minute left when Araujo left fly from long distance and Glykos could only watch as the ball flew past him into the top corner.
PAOK were demoralised now and substitute Aravidis added the icing on the cake for AEK in the first minute of added time when he took advantage of Glykos’ poor clearance to score.