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Omonia and AEK survive scares before cruising through

Nicosia giants Omonia were taken to extra-time before prevailing in Europa League qualifying

Both Omonia and AEK had to came back from a goal down on Thursday night, before running away with comfortable victories to book their places in the second qualifying round of the Europa League on Thursday night.

The 4-1 result on paper suggests it was an easy evening for the side from Nicosia, though it was anything but.

Omonia saw their first leg 1-0 lead cancelled out on 71 minutes by Atsamaz Burayev, whose strike took the match to extra-time.

With their European season hanging in the balance, John Carver’s men sprung to life when it really mattered. Onisiforos Roushias’ goal three minutes into extra-time put them back in front on aggregate, while the same player added another to set his side on the way to the second round.

There was still time to add gloss to the scoreline as new boy Matt Derbyshire scored his second in as many games while Clayton added a cherry on top in the last minute to seal a 5-1 aggregate victory.

AEK travelled to San Marino with a 3-0 first leg lead, yet it was Folgore who took a shock lead in the first half.

Nevertheless, exactly as was the case last week, Ivan Trickovski scored twice, before Andre Alves netted from the spot to hand the Larnaca club a comfortable 3-1 win on the night, 6-1 on aggregate.

Omonia will face Israel’s Beitar Jerusalem in the second round, while AEK meet Northern Irish outfit Cliftonville.

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