Panionios progress in Europa League

Panionios progress in Europa League


ND Gorica 2 - 3 Panionios
(2 - 5)

Panionios moved a step closer to the Europa League group stages on Thursday after a 3-2 win over Slovenian outfit Gorica saw the Panthers complete a 5-2 aggregate win in their second qualifying round tie.

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Panionios, who took a 2-0 first leg lead with them to Slovenia, ran out winners on the night again thanks to goals from Giorgos Masouras (11), Samed Yesil (16) and Lazaros Lamprou (23). Gorica’s captain Rifet Kapic scored both goals for the home side from the penalty spot after 15 and 67 minutes.

The result means that Michail Grigoriou’s side, who are back in Europe after a nine-year absence, will continue their European adventure into the third qualifying round as they bid to reach the group stages.

Two more obstacles stand in the SuperLeague club’s way in the form of the third qualifying round - which will see Panionios face either Maccabi Tel Aviv of Israel or Iceland’s KR Reykjavik - and then the playoffs.

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