Following a Heroic Battle in Athens, MOL Vidi Continues in the Europa League
Ábrahám Vass 2018.08.29.
Despite losing in a heroic battle to AEK, MOL Vidi FC will continue in the Europa League – a feat that Hungarian teams haven’t come close to accomplishing in the last six years. Meanwhile, the Greek Champions have qualified for the group stage of the Champions League.
The 1-2 in the first leg meant that Vidi had to score at least twice in the second leg to secure their chance at competing in the group stage of the top level of international club football.
After a rather calm first half, AEK took the lead following a penalty. A little later, Vidi managed to equalize and had several opportunities to score again with the potential to push the game into overtime. Adding to the thrill, an AEK player was sent off with a red card in the 83rd minute; unfortunately, Vidi wasn’t able to score again (1-1).
This, however, doesn’t mean that Vidi’s European campaign has come to an end. The Székesfehérvárians will continue in the group stage of the Europa League, which is something that other Hungarian teams haven’t come close to accomplishing in the last six years. Experts agree that Vidi’s performance has been very promising thus far, only lacking in nuance against AEK. Optimists add that depending on their luck at the draw scheduled for Friday at 13h, they might have a chance for further success in Europe’s number 2 club tournament.
The group stage matches will be held in Budapest’s Groupama Aréna, and – depending on the draw – the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal or AC Milan might potentially pay a visit to Budapest in the upcoming months.