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UEFA Europa League

  • December 1, 2010
  • • 3:05 PM
  • • Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid
  • Referee: I. Bebek
  • • Attendance: 21154

Atletico Madrid 2-3 Aris Thessaloniki: Late Lazaridis Goal Shocks Holders

Atletico Madrid 2-3 Aris Thessaloniki: Late Lazaridis Goal Shocks Holders

Aris beat the holders for the second time in the group stages.

A late Nikos Lazaridis strike ensured Aris defeated reigning champions Atletico Madrid 3-2 at the Vicente Calderon on matchday 5 of the Europa League.

It didn't take long for the visitors to assert themselves on the match, as Sergio Koke was the first to react from the ball hitting the crossbar and slotted it home to make it 1-0 after only two minutes.

A similar situation happened at the opposite end of the park nine minutes later, as Simao's strike smacked the post, and Diego Forlan was on hand to find the net and level matters.

The Rojiblancos then took the lead on 16 minutes when Sergio Aguero got in behind the defence and calmly slotted his shot past 'keeper Michalis Sifakis to make 2-1.

Aris continued to press, and despite being a goal down, felt an equalizer was around the corner.

The Greek side were awarded a penalty six minutes after the restart, when Alvaro Dominguez was judged to have held Lazaridis in the area, and Koke made no mistake from the spot.

Aguero came close to giving the hosts the lead once again as he tried to chip the advancing goalkeeper on 64 minutes.

But with only nine minutes to go, the visitors found the winner. After David De Gea made a save, he crossed wires with Diego Godin, and the mistake was pounced upon by Lazaridis, who gave his side a 3-2 lead.

The visitors held on, and are level on points with the Spaniards in Group B with one match to go.

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