AEK and PAOK finally managed to score wins in the Europa League group phase, raising their chances of making it to the knockout stages.

Last Thursday both teams brought home 4-1 wins over their opponents.

Hosts PAOK started off slow in the first half, even conceding a penalty to PSV Eindhoven in the 21st minute. Goalkeeper Živko Živković was not able to deny PSV midfielder Eran Zahavi’s low shot to the left.

In the second half PAOK came out with a fire in their bellies, commanding the game and scoring four goals in just 21 minutes.

30-year-old Stefan Schwab equalised the score at 47 minutes, after Christos Tzolis shot a free kick from outside the penalty area into the danger zone that was repelled to the midfielder before he made a low strike into the far corner of the net.

Midfielder Andrija Živković was a key player on the field going on to score twice within 10 minutes in the 56th and 66th and18-year-old Tzolis managed to get one in between in the 58th.

The win brought PAOK five points from three games in Group E. They will be back to play PSV in three weeks’ time as visitors.

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AEK’s Marko Livaja, center, controls the ball Photo: AAP via AP Photo/STANYSLAV VEDMID

AEK flexed their muscles in Ukraine only letting FC Zorya Luhansk score a consolation goal in the 81st minute.

The game was played at Zaporizhia, away from Zorya Luhansk’ home ground due to the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Unlike the game their fellow Greek team played, AEK managed to take a lead as early as 7 minutes in as forward Muamer Tanković scored after a throw-in.

AEK captain Petros Mantalos brought the score to 2-0 in the 34th minute after some swift ground work by the team.

In the second half, forward Marko Livaja dealt two more blows to the hosts, with the first scored a mere 9 minutes in.

The second came only seconds after resetting from Zorya Luhansk’s only goal, with Livaja striking from close range.

AEK has clutched its first three points in Group G and will meet the Ukrainian team once again in Athens on 26 November.