Leverkusen crash out of UEFA Cup

ATHENS, Reuters

AEK Athens claimed one of the best European results in their history on Thursday as they sent Berti Vogts’s Bayer Leverkusen crashing out of the UEFA Cup third round by winning the home second leg 2-0.

The Greek side shrugged off poor domestic form to take up where they left off in the 4-4 draw at the Bay Arena two weeks ago, striking early on and taking control of the game.

Argentine midfielder Fernando Navas continued his scoring form against the Germans, adding to his first leg double with a well-taken opener in the 17th minute.

Any thoughts of a comeback for Bayer were snuffed out early in the second half when Greece international Vassilis Tsartas threaded a free kick through the wall.

Leverkusen rarely created problems for the home defence and the closest they came to scoring was in the 60th minute when Markus Daun lobbed a cross on to the bar.