FC Aris Thessaloniki Knock Out Title Holder Atletico Madrid


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Spanish striker and club captain KOKE (10) of FC Aris Thessaloniki settles the ball in front of BK Rosenborg Trondheim’s Ghana World Cup midfielder ANTHONY ANNAN (4) at the Kleanthis Vikelidis Stadium in the northern Greek port city. (Nikolas Giakoumidis/AP)
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A goal in injury time on either side of the halftime whistled allowed Greek side FC ARIS THESSALONIKI to maintain its noteworthy 40-year-plus home unbeaten record and advance to the knockout round of the UEFA Europa League this spring at the expense of the defending title holders Atletico Madrid of Spain.

Goals from Croatian striker DANIJEL CESAREC and substitute French midfielder RICARDO FATY, who arrived from Italian Serie A side AS Roma on a free transfer this summer, carried FC Aris Thessaloniki to a stirring 2-0 victory over visiting Norwegian outfit BK ROSENBORG TRONDHEIM.

Cesarec’s third goal in the UEFA Europa League this season ties him with Guatemala international striker CARLOS RUIZ for the FC Aris Thessaloniki team lead; the 27-year-old Croatian, signed from FC Asteras Trioilis this summer, tops the Greek Super League club with five goals in all competitions this term, as well.

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(Nikolas Giakoumidis/AP)
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FC ARIS THESSALONIKI
home record in Europe since 1969-70 season
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69/70 — 1-1 — Cagliari (Italy)
70/71 — 1-1 — FC Chelsea (England)
74/75 — 1-0 — SK Rapid Vienna (Austria)
79/80 — 3-1 — Benfica Lisbon (Portugal)
79/80 — 1-1 — Perugia (Italy)
79/80 — 3-3 — AS St. Etienne (France)
80/81 — 3-1 — FC Ipswich Town (England)
81/82 — 4-0 — Sliema Wanderers (Malta)
81/82 — 1-1 — SC Lokeren (Belgium)
94/95 — 3-1 — FC Hapoel Be’er Sheva (Israel)
94/95 — 1-0 — GKS Katowice (Poland)
99/00 — 1-1 — FC Servette Geneva (Switz)
99/00 — 2-2 — RC Celta Vigo (Spain)
03/04 — 2-1 — FC Zimbru Chisinau (Romania)
03/04 — 1-1 — Perugia (Italy)
05/06 — 0-0 — AS Roma (Italy)
07/08 — 1-0 — Real Zaragoza (Spain)
07/08 — 3-0 — Red Star Belgrade (Serbia)
07/08 — 1-1 — Sporting Braga (Portugal)
08/09 — 1-0 — NK Slaven Belupo (Croatia)
10/11 — 2-2 — Jagiellonia Bialystok (Poland)
10/11 — 1-0 — FK Austria Vienna (Austria)
10/11 — 1-0 — Atletico Madrid (Spain)
10/11 — 0-0 — Bayer Leverkusen (Germany)
10/11 — 2-0 — BK Rosenborg Trondheim (Norway)

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(Nikolas Giakoumidis/AP)
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BK Rosenborg Trondheim manager NILS ARNE EGGEN (left) observes as all the scrap paper greeting the visiting Norwegian side’s arrival is gathered by the grounds crew at the Kleanthis Vikelidis Stadium in the northern Greek port city. (Sakris Mitrolidis/AFP/Getty Images)

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