It was a blockbuster quarter final as PAS Giannina rocked Panathinaikos for a second time, knocking the Greens out of the Greek Cup, whilst Olympiacos only just made it through with an aggregate 3-2 leaving Aris behind in the dust.
PAS Giannina started off its victory with a 2-1 win over Panathinaikos in last month’s home leg, before heading to Athens to replicate the score.
The first two goals were swiped in the first 10 minutes of the game with Epaminondas Pantelakis scoring in the second minute, before an own goal by Ilias Chatzitheodoridis put the Greens behind by two goals. The only solace for Panathinaikos was a goal scored by Achilleas Poungouras in 74th minute.
This is the Greens seventh year in a row without a Greek Cup trophy.
Olympiacos returned to meet Aris after its initial 2-1 win early last month and on Thursday began the path to the semi finals, but the game did not seem to start off the right foot for the Red and Whites.
Olympiacos risked elimination due to a second-half penalty kick, however Andreas Bouchalakis took advantage of an error made by Aris goalkeeper three minutes before the end of the match bringing the score to 1-1.
Aris coach Akis Mantzios could not hide his disdain for the loss when talking to COSMOTE TV.
“We controlled the score, we were not particularly threatened, we were close to qualifying but the mistakes are paid for”, he said when asked about Julian Cuesta’s mistake.
“We have to leave it behind and prepare for the next game.”
AEK’s first game helped the team through to the semis, with its 4-2 home win over Volos, saving them from its 1-0 loss during yesterdays away game.
PAOK came out with the most impressive aggregate score over Lamia, ending on 6-3 thanks to it incredible 5-2 win at home and 1-1 draw away.