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The last match day of the Europa League group stage promises to be really exciting in Group D. Certainly qualified for the KO phase is only the leader AC Milan. After that, a lot is possible. In the duel, which we look at in this article, the second qualifier is searched. Although the Viennese are currently just in last place on the table, they can pass by the opponent as well as Rijeka in the table with a win against Athens. No chance is only the representative from Croatia. Even a win against AC Milan can not help them anymore. AEK Athens, the opponent of the Austria, is in Vienna a draw to defend the second place in the table. The game will be played at the Ernst Happel Stadion in Vienna. The kick-off takes place at 18 o’clock.
Austria Vienna :
On Thursday evening, the team of Thorsten Fink has the great chance to write club history and to celebrate the biggest international success. With a victory against the AEK Athens, she would conquer the second place table and thus overwinter in the Europa League. The previous performance of the violets in the Europa League was not yet convincing. In the first five games only four points could be retracted. But that does not matter, if a threesome is brought against the Greeks. So far only the game in Croatia could be won 4: 1. The first leg in Athens ended 2: 2 and the Austrians were really close to winning the game. After a 0: 1 deficit, the Viennese have turned the game through two goals from Christoph Monschein and Ismail Tajouri shortly before and shortly after the halftime. This 2-1 lead was held until the 90th minute before Marko Livaja’s equalizer fell in the final minute of regular time.
Currently, the Greeks have seven points and thus three points more than the Austria. Because of the draw in the first leg, the team of coach Fink would win the direct comparison against the Greeks in a victory and would thus be second in the table. Their top scorer in the Europa League is Christoph Monschein with three goals. Some players will miss the Viennese on Thursday. For example, Alexander Grünwald, Christoph Martschinko, Florian Klein and Heiko Westermann are still out of action due to injury.
AEK Athens FC:
For the Athenians it is valid in Vienna to defend the previously fought second place in the table. For this a point profit is urgently necessary. The Greeks are the draw specialists of the group. In the previous five games they have already shared four points with the opponent. Two games ended 0-0 and 2-2. The first group game was won 2-1 at HNK Rijeka. Thus, the AEK Athens has not lost a game in this year’s Europa League. They are also very successful in the Greek Super League. Here they are after thirteen matchdays at the top of the table in front of Olympiacos Piraeus and PAOK. Across the competition, AEK Athens have been unbeaten in nine competitive games and have won six of the matches. In these nine games they conceded only five goals, which shows that they have good defensive players in their ranks. Even in the Europa League group stage, they have received only five goals. So we would not be surprised if coach Manolo Jimenez touches concrete in Vienna too. With Lazaros Christodoulopoulos and Marko Livaja they have their best goalscorers. Both were able to score two goals each. Petros Mantalos and the Swede Jakob Johansson are not injured.
Austria Vienna vs AEK Athens FC head to head matches
28.09.17 EL AEK Athens FC Austria Vienna 2 : 2