First leg score: AEK Larnaca 2-1 Partizan Belgrade
Partizan Belgrade vs AEK Larnaca
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Following last Thursday’s first leg at AEK Arena – Georgios Karapatakis, this tie is in the balance.
A week ago, it was Partizan Belgrade who made the breakthrough in Cyprus thanks to Queensy Menig.
However, Ángel García equalised shortly after, before Hrvoje Miličević bagged a second half winner for the home side.
So, can AEK Larnaca make their 2-1 advantage count as they travel east to Serbia?
The Green-Yellows have previously qualified for two UEFA group stages, both coming in the Europa League, in 2011 and 2018.
This season, they competed in Champions League qualifying for the very first time, but were dumped out by Midtjylland on penalties.
So, can José Luis Oltra’s side guarantee group phase football by leaving Belgrade with the required result?
As for Partizan, they’ve competed in 12 group phases, including the Europa League in 2019 and the Europa Conference League last season.
The Black-Whites actually reached the round of 16 of the latter, before bowing out to eventual runners-up Feyenoord.
Having won 14 of their last 22 European home games, losing just three, Ilija Stolica’s side will be confident of turning this one around.
The reward for the winners is a Europa League play-off against SC Dnipro-1.
The losers drop down to the Europa Conference League play-offs where they’ll meet Levski Sofia or Ħamrun Spartans.