Champions AEK celebrate historic title with final day win
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 30
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AEK celebrated their first title in 24 years in style on Saturday after securing a 1-0 away victory over Apollon Smyrnis at the Georgios Kamaras stadium, more popularly known as Rizoupoli, with a party in the suburbs of Nea Philadelphia planned for later in the evening.
Argentine striker Sergio Araujo scored the only goal of the game to secure another maximum three-point haul for Manolo Jimenez’s champions, as the Kitrinomavri moved on to a final points total of 70.
With both sides not really in need of any further points - Apollon had already secured their SuperLeague future ahead of this matchday 30 clash - the match was played amid a carnival atmosphere with a huge away following of vociferous AEK fans present.
While it took AEK half and hour to get their usual passing game going, as soon is they did they found the net with Araujo showing his typically clinical finishing skills to convert a cross from strike partner Marko Livaja in the 34th minute.
The Kitrinomavri had plenty of chances to add to the score in the second half, but a combination of poor finishing and good goalkeeping from Apollon’s Brazilian custodian Huanderson kept the visitors at bay.
There were jubilant scenes of celebration among AEK players, officials and of course fans at the final whistle as Jimenez’s players toasted their historic first title success since the 1993/94 season, ending Olympiacos recent dominance of the Greek top flight.
AEK also have the chance to claim only their third domestic league and cup double later this month when they take on PAOK in the Greek Cup final of May 12.