AEK bow out of Europa League without tasting a single defeat
AEK bowed out of the UEFA Europa League on Thursday without tasting a single defeat in the competition.
The 2017-2018 season will be one to remember for AEK fans as they saw their club return to the European stage and qualify for the Last 32 of the UEFA Europa League. Despite an undeserved exit at the hands of Dynamo Kyiv on Thursday, the Kitrinomavri put together a well respected campaign in this year’s UEFA Europa League.
The Enosis finished their Europa League run without suffering a single defeat in the competition, which began back in the summer’ qualifying rounds. After being eliminated in Champions League qualifying by CSKA Moscow, AEK continued onto the UEFA Europa League group stages by knocking out Club Brugge 3:0 on aggregate in the final qualifying round of the competition (0:0, 3:0).
In six group stages matches, AEK recorded one win (away to Rijeka on the opening matchday) and five consecutive draws, including two against AC Milan (0:0, 0:0), one at home to Rijeka (2:2), and two against Austria Wien (2:2, 0:0). The goalless draw away to Austria Wien on the final matchday was enough for the Greek club to secure a place in the Last 32 of the competition.
Although AEK were eliminated in the Last 32 to Dynamo Kyiv, due to the away goals rule, AEK held onto their Europa League unbeaten streak with a 1:1 draw in Athens and a goalless draw in Kiev, a result which proved to be a fatal blow to the Enosis’ successful campaign.
AEK’s 10-match unbeaten run in the 2017/18 UEFA Europa League
Playoff Qualifying Round (Leg 1): @ Club Brugge 0:0
Playoff Qualifying Round (Leg 1): v Club Brugge 3:0
Group Stages, Matchday 1: @ Rijeka 1:2
Group Stages, Matchday 2: v. Austria Wien 2:2
Group Stages, Matchday 3: @ AC Milan 0:0
Group Stages, Matchday 4: v AC Milan 0:0
Group Stages, Matchday 5: v Rijeka 2:2
Group Stages, Matchday 6: @ Austria Wien 0:0
Last 32 (Leg 1): v Dynamo Kyiv 1:1
Last 32 (Leg 2): @ Dynamo Kyiv 0:0