Ekathimerini.com – ATHENS, AEK upset German side Wolfsburg to make the Europa League group stage.
Supersub Karim Ansarifard gave AEK the ticket to the group stage of the Europa League with his late winner as the Yellows came from behind to eliminate Wolfsburg with a 2-1 score.
With the game barely 20 minutes old at the Olympic Stadium of Athens, Petros Mantalos had a penalty kick saved by Wolfsburg keeper Pavao Pervan.
As if that were not bad enough for AEK, Admir Mehmedi opened the score for the Germans with the last kick of the first half through a long diagonal shot from the edge of the area, after a triangular move by the visitors.
However AEKâ€™s fortune changed after the interval: Less than 20 minutes into the second half Andre Simoes tried a powerful shot from outside the box and the ball tossed the Wolfsburg net for 1-1.
Then in the fourth minute of time added on Ansarifard pulled a great trick out of his hat, as he ran across the edge of the box and tried an off-balance right shot that caught Pervan wrong-footed and triggered wild celebrations among the AEK squad on and off the pitch.
AEK will therefore join PAOK in Fridayâ€™s group stage draw.