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Omonia keep the party going in Nicosia

Published: Thursday 28 August 2008, 23.50CET
AC Omonia 2-2 AEK Athens FC (agg: 3-2)
Nedim Dudić's side emulated Anorthosis Famagusta FC as they became the second Cypriot team to knock Greek opponents out of Europe in 24 hours.
by John Leonidou
from Nicosia
Omonia keep the party going in Nicosia
The celebrations will continue in Nicosia following Omonia's win ©Getty Images

Match statistics

OmoniaAEK

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target2
 
2
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
6
Red cards0
2

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Published: Thursday 28 August 2008, 23.50CET

Omonia keep the party going in Nicosia

AC Omonia 2-2 AEK Athens FC (agg: 3-2)
Nedim Dudić's side emulated Anorthosis Famagusta FC as they became the second Cypriot team to knock Greek opponents out of Europe in 24 hours.

AC Omonia became the second Cypriot team to claim a Greek scalp in as many days, earning a 2-2 draw against nine-man AEK Athens FC in the decisive leg of their UEFA Cup second qualifying round tie to triumph 3-2 on aggregate.

More celebrations
Twenty-four hours after Anorthosis Famagusta FC completed a 3-1 aggregate victory over Greek titleholders Olympiacos CFP to reach the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round, Omonia sparked further celebrations in Cyprus. Nedim Dudić's charges will now attempt to become the second local club to make the group stage of a UEFA competition this season when they enter the first round next month.

Duro opener
With Omonia leading 1-0 from the first leg in Athens, midfielder Klodian Duro put the hosts ahead after ten minutes after he converted a Hamad Ndikumana cross which AEK midfielder Angelos Basinas had failed to clear. AEK were immediately forced to chase the game, their deficit increased, but it was Omonia who missed a great chance moments later – the excellent Duro's free-kick being touched on to the crossbar by goalkeeper Sebastián Saja.

AEK respond
AEK equalised against the run of play not long after, however, as Ismael Blanco headed a Basinas free-kick past goalkeeper Antonis Georgallides. Georgios Donis's AEK then piled on the pressure in the second half but looked powerless to penetrate the well-organised Omonia defence. Their task got even harder when summer signing Ignacio Scocco was sent off for simulation on 58 minutes.

Second dismissal
The ten men suffered a further setback when Duro collected a pass from substitute Yiannis Okkas and beat Saja with another powerful strike in the 70th minute. Although Michail Pavlis's shot into the left-hand corner of Georgallides's goal after 88 minutes set up a tense finale, Omonia held on. Juanfran's dismissal in added time for a professional foul on Okkas merely completed a miserable night for Donis's men.

Last updated: 29/08/08 10.33CET

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Lineups

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Omonia

aek

AEK

30
GiorgallidesAntonis Giorgallides (GK)
23
SajaSebastián Saja (GK)
3
NdikumanaHamad Ndikumana
2
SilvaEdson Ramos Silva
4
WenzelTimo Wenzel
Yellow Card64
7
JuanfranJuanfran
Red Card90+2
6
PletschMarcelo Pletsch
5
MajstorovicDaniel Majstorovic
Yellow Card12
8
ŽlogarAnton Žlogar
25
KyrgiakosSotiris Kyrgiakos
16
KasekeNoel Kaseke
17
RikkaAntonis Rikka
Substitution75
21
DuroKlodian Duro
Goal11
Goal70
18
BlancoIsmael Blanco
Goal16
22
ClaytonClayton
Substitution77
9
EdinhoEdinho
Yellow Card30
Substitution79
33
E. CharalambousElias Charalambous (C)
14
BasinasAngelos Basinas
Yellow Card37
77
ChristofiDimitris Christofi
Substitution66
1
KafesPantelis Kafes (C)
Substitution75
99
CafúCafú
Substitution89
32
ScoccoNacho Scocco
Yellow Card22
Red Card58

Substitutes

1
AsprogenisNikolas Asprogenis (GK)
77
MachoJürgen Macho (GK)
2
AlabiRasheed Alabi
16
PliatsikasVassilis Pliatsikas
7
NiculescuClaudiu Niculescu
Substitution89
Yellow Card90+1
31
GeorgeasNikos Georgeas
9
AguirreFransisco Aguirre
83
PavlisMichalis Pavlis
Substitution79
Goal89
20
BanguraMustapha Bangura
40
ZormpasPanagiotis Zormpas
Substitution75
Yellow Card86
25
OkkasIoannis Okkas
Substitution66
19
LagosPanagiotis Lagos
Substitution75
46
AloneftisStathis Aloneftis
Substitution77
6
AlexopoulosGeorgios Alexopoulos

Coach

Nedim Tutic (BIH) Giorgos Donis (GRE)

Referee

Thorsten Kinhöfer (GER)

Assistant referees

Mark Borsch (GER), Christian Fischer (GER)

Fourth official

Peter Gagelmann (GER)

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