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Apollon and AEK in crucial Europa League ties

Apollon Limassol and AEK Larnaca will be in Europa League action on Thursday night with both Cypriot clubs hoping to do enough to seal a place in the draw for the group stages on Friday.

Apollon are in Denmark where they will protect a 3-2 aggregate lead against hosts Midtjylland while AEK Larnaca will have a tougher task at hand attempting to overturn a 3-1 deficit at home to Viktoria Plzen.

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Sofronis Avgoutis’ Apollon are looking to reach the group stages of the Europa League for the third time in their history while AEK had become the first club from Cyprus to reach the groups of the Europa League back in 2011.

AEK boss Imanol Idiakez will have French striker Florian Taulemesse back for this game while Avgoustis is still missing the injured Fotis Papoulis and Angelis Angeli.

On Wednesday night, APOEL reached the group stages of the Champions League for a fourth time after sealing a 2-0 aggregate success over Slavia Prague.

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