PAOK saves Greece’s face in Europe

Panathinaikos, Olympiakos and AEK suffered defeats on Thursday that deprive them of any chances of proceeding in the Europa League, but PAOK scored a famous victory in Germany over Eintracht Frankfurt to secure the top spot of its Conference League group.

Panathinaikos lost 3-2 at Villarreal, as its effort to bounce back for 3-0 down was left unfinished. The hosts led via Alex Baena, Santi Comesania and Jose Luis Morales, and the Greens tried with goals from Sebastian Palacios and Fotis Ioannidis to get back into the game.

AEK was a good match for Premier League side Brighton, but lost1-0 in Athens to a Joao Pedro goal early in the second half. The Greek champion was unlucky to hit the woodwork one minute before half-time.

If Panathinaikos and AEK lost in dramatic fashion, with their games on a knife's edge till the end, the same cannot be said about Olympiakos...

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