Dynamo Tbilisi – AEK 1-1

AEK got the result that we needed last night in Georgia,albeit in extra time.Leonardo’s 111th minute penalty,after Gudjonsen had been felled in the box,killed off the tie,and with an aggregate scoreline of 2-1 over the two legs,AEK has qualified for the Europa League group stage,which also brings in much needed funds!
Jimenez made three changes to the lineup that took the field in Athens.Lagos came in for Belleck on the left,which meant Libe spearheaded the attack with Gudjonsen just behind.Jose Carlos started on the right,Makos in the holding role with Gentzoglou.Dellas did not play with Kala taking his place,Karabelas left fullback and Georgeas on the right.Once again,new buy Konstantopoulos was in goals.
The game could not have begun any worse for the dikefalo,an early attack,as early as the 1st minute for Dynamo resulted in a goal.Kala,was marking the man with the ball in the box but not tightly enough and his opponent,sensing this,shot high into the roof of the net,giving Dimi(Konstantopoulos) no chance.The next 44 min and actually,just about the whole match,was a mirror image of the OAKA game.
AEK were finding it very difficult to keep the ball and sometimes putting two passes together was difficult in itself.A combination of the Dynamo players pressing and the waterlogged pitch caused most of the drama and we were lucky not to concede on a couple of occasions as the Georgians certainly took it to us.Then,to make matters worse,Dimi felt a strain down his side halfway through the 1st half.He tried to continue but couldn’t,so on came fan favourite Arambatzis,and he did not let anyone down.Coming on the pitch ‘cold’,he picked out crosses which could have led to danger,with ease and dominated his penalty area.We held out to halftime at 1 nil down,somehow!
In a case of footballing Deja Vu,just like last week,AEK only started to play when Leonardo replaced a hard working but ineffective Libe.Gudjonsen was pushed up to striker,Carlos just behind,Leonardo on the right and Lagos switched over to the left.The passing and movement off the ball was much better now and we started to create some clear cut chances.Gudjonsen,who really should be playing through the middle at all times,missed a golden opportunity to level the scores when he headed Leonardos cross inches over the bar,from 3 yards out,almost herder to miss than score.Having said that,Gudjinsen was excellent for us today,ran for everything with passion and caused defenders to double up on him,which frees others around him.Not long after Carlos missed the best chance of the match as his 1-on-1 with the keeper was blocked by the latter.AEK were clearly on top by now and going into extra time looked the most likely to score.Jimenez changed the tactics,telling the Backs to play long balls into the area,as Dynamo’s defense had trouble dealing with such balls and the fact that going through our midfield just was not working.It was such a ball that got in behind their defense and Gudjonsen pounced on forcing the penalty which Leo calmly tucked away.
So AEK go through to the last 48 in Group L,where we will face some familiar faces in the Belgians Anderlecht and Sturm Graz from Austria.Completing the foursome are the Russians Lokomotive Moscow who I don’t think we’ve met before.Although not an easy group,it is definitely one which we can qualify from,in either 1st or 2nd position.
P.S. There will be 2 AEK’S this year in the Europa League as AEK Larnacca from Cyprus has also qualified,knocking out the more fancied Rosenberg.

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6 Responses to “Dynamo Tbilisi – AEK 1-1”

  1. Checking through my AEK history books,i noticed we did play Lokomotive Moscow,way back in 1998.It was the quarter finals of the old Cup Winners Cup,AEK drew the 1st leg in Moscow 0-0 but lost the revenge at Nea Filadelphia 1-2,the scorer,Haris Kopitsis.Coincidentally,we knocked out Sturm Graz one round earlier to meet them.On that occasion AEK won 2 -0 at home courtesy of goals by Batista and Marcello and that was enough to cover 1-0 loss in the return leg in Austria.
    The last time we played Anderlecht was in the Champions League group stage of the 2006/07 season.The sides played out two draws,1-1 in Athens,scorer was Julio Cesar and the 2-2 in Brussels,when,down 2-0,AEK rallied with late goals to Lakis and Tsirillo.

  2. Not the game result I would have liked to see, but we advance, which is what counts. I am just happy to get to the group stage, but also do think we have a decent shot at advancing.

  3. You’re right gt performance has to get better but it was all about getting there.Now jimenez can fix things,and i do beleive we have a very good shot at getting through.
    Also guys,wrong again,Last time we played Anderlecht was in last years Europa league,lost 3-0 away and 1-1 at OAKA.Hope fully we’re better prepared this year.

  4. Yeah, true. I am happy to advance and get the 6 games. I think we can go through but it seems like we keep running into Anderlect for some reason. 🙂

  5. Chris Zap Says:

    Hopefully the money we will get from UEFA will help us get an extra good player or two.

    Good day everyone. We just left Greece and now are back in Canada. At least I managed to watch the friendly against Getafe, the team that stole Michel from us 😦

    Cheers from cold Ottawa 😦

  6. So nice to go through and something that will keep us distracted from the mess that is the supe..sorry Olympiakos League..

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