AEK Athens’ players have been lavished with praise by the Greek press after their first ever win in the group stages of the Champions League.
The 1-0 victory over Lille was their first win at 22 attempts in the competition and kept alive AEK’s chances of reaching the knockout stages. Eleftheros Typos newspaper referred to the double-headed eagle on the club badge by declaring: “The dikefalos wrote history.”
Veteran striker Nikos Liberopoulos, scorer of the only goal, was praised by his Spanish coach Lorenzo Serra Ferrer.
“Liberopoulos is a superb striker and a team player,” he said. “He can read the game and it is a luxury for us to have a player like him with so much talent.”
The 31-year-old described his goal as “definitely one of the most important goals of my career.”
“I saw I had some space and I made up my mind to try and beat the defender and have a shot. It was a wonderful feeling when I saw the ball go in the net and saw the reaction from the fans,” he told the UEFA website.
The win leaves AEK in third place in the group with four points, one behind Lille, and Liberopoulos is looking forward to meeting Milan in Athens on November 21.
“Milan are a very big team and of course it’s going to be a lot tougher for us but I think we have the ability to win or to get a result from that match.
“It’s only 90 minutes and anything can happen,” he said.