Aris first Greek representative to suffer European defeat
Overall, it was another positive week for Greek clubs in Europe, but Aris became the first team representing Greece to concede a continental defeat in the 2019/2020 season.
While PAOK, Olympiacos, AEK and Atromitos all picked up credible results, Aris fell apart in Norway, conceded a painful 3:0 defeat to Eliteserien leaders Molde in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round. Aris, who had key defender Fran Velez sent off in the second half, now require a football miracle at the Kleanthis Vikelidis Stadium next week if they are to prolong their European journey.
This was the first European defeat suffered by a Greek club in the 2019/2020 season:
Viktoria Plzen - Olympiacos, 0:0
Olympiacos - Viktoria Plzen, 4:0
Aris - AE Limassol, 0:0
AE Limassol - Aris, 0:1
Dunajska Streda - Atromitos, 1:2
Atromitos - Dunajska Streda, 3:2
PAOK - Ajax, 2:2
Basaksehir - Olympiacos, 0:1
Universitatea Craiova - AEK, 0:2
Legia Warsaw - Atromitos, 0:0
Molde - Aris, 3:0
Over in Poland, Atromitos continued their impressive start to the 2019/2020 Europa League season, picking up a valuable 0:0 draw against Legia. In Warsaw, head coach Giannis Anastasiou included seven Greeks in the starting line-up, the most out of any Hellenic club competing in Europe. In stark contrast, Aris did not have a single Greek player in their starting 11 to play Molde.
AEK had four Greek players in the starting line-up to play Universitatea Craiova in Romania, while Olympiacos and PAOK both had three Hellenic players in the starting 11. Giorgos Masouras (Olympiacos) and Petros Mantalos (AEK) were the two Greek players who scored goals for their respective teams.