Cypriot football teams Apollon, Omonia and AEK Larnaca did not manage to beat their opponents in their second leg games for the Europa League third qualifying round and were eliminated.
Limassol team Apollon lost to Qabala by 1-0 in Azerbaijan.
Nicosia football team Omonia managed a 2-2 tie in a home game against Danish Brondby, after a goalless draw in the first leg, which was not enough for the Cypriot team to advance.
Larnaca team AEK was defeated 0-1 by French football team Bordeaux in a home game. Bordeaux already had an advantage after winning the first leg by 3-0.
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Atromitos and PAOK will on Friday afternoon join Panathinaikos in the draw for the Europa League play-offs, as they saw off their third-qualifying-round opponents on Thursday with relative ease.
In a game dominated by a 50-minute stoppage due to a power failure early in the second half, Atromitos beat AIK Solna 1-0 in Athens to advance on a 4-1 aggregate score.
Brazilian star Marcelinho, the hero of the first-leg victory of Atromitos in Sweden with a 3-1 score, capitalized on a defensive error by AIK and after a great solo effort he slid the ball home on the 67th minute for 1-0.
PAOK snatched a 1-1 draw at Spartak Trnava in Slovakia and reached the play-offs courtesy of its 1-0 win at home last week.
The Thessaloniki team missed some good chances to open the score, and the hosts punished the Greeks with a penalty converted on the 35th minute by Erik Sabo.
The Greeks responded in the third minute of the second half as some great footwork and a pinpoint cross by Nikos Korovesis from the left found Dimitris Constantinidis at the edge of the six-yard box and he equalized from close range.
PAOK played the last 24 minutes of the game with 10 men due to a straight red card shown to Yiannis Skondras.
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The negotiators of the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot sides, Andreas Mavroyiannis and Ozdil Nami, are wrapping up their meetings on Friday before resuming their discussions on August 25 to prepare the next meeting of the two community leaders on September 1st.
During Friday`s meeting, in the presence of the UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor on the Cyprus problem, Espen Barth Eide, the two are expected to review the work achieved so far.
The UN-led talks will resume the last week in August on a daily basis to prepare the ground for the September meeting between Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci.
Eide told reporters during the last meeting of the leaders on 27 July that Anastasiades and Akinci continued to make progress towards their shared vision of a united, federal Cyprus. They had focused on issues of property and criteria on territory and “the leaders agreed that the individual’s right to property is respected”. A second meeting is scheduled for 14th September.
In the past week, Eide, together with the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Cyprus Lisa Buttenheim and a delegation of UN officials visited HQ Camp San Martin in Sector 1,in Skouriotissa, as well as the Turkish occupied town of Famagusta, where he met with the Famagusta Initiative and toured the old city within the walls. Eide and his entourage also paid a visit to Pyla village, where they had a round table discussion with the two Mukhtars. They also had a briefing at the UNPOL station based there. During a tour of the village, he had the opportunity to meet with local residents.
Yesterday he visited the Maronite villages of Kormakiti and Karpasia in the Turkish occupied north of Cyprus where met with Greek Cypriot enclaved residents.
The Turkish Cypriot press quoted Eide as saying that his visits to various parts of the island provide him with the opportunity to hear the views of ordinary people which are just as important as the views of politicians. He said he will continue these meetings throughout Cyprus.
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Over the weekend the Greek government is expecting to receive the draft of its third bailout with international lenders, allowing it only a few days to agree changes and then pass it through Parliament in time to avoid needing a new bridge loan.
According to Greek daily newspaper Kathimerini government officials are likely to have the draft Saturday and will then make their suggestions known to lenders. It is thought that Greece will have to pass the agreement through Parliament by Thursday if there is going to be enough time for the Eurogroup and other eurozone parliaments to approve it so Greece can receive fresh bailout funding to pay a 3.2-billion-euro bond held by the European Central Bank on August 20.
However, Athens suggested that the new agreement would not be ready for MPs to vote on before August 15, which could mean the eurozone having to provide a new bridge loan to Greece.
According to the government, this timeline was agreed on Thursday when Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras met French President Francois Hollande in Egypt on the sidelines of a ceremony to inaugurate the New Suez Canal.
“The objective is for the negotiations on the program to be concluded at the end of August,” Hollande told reporters. “We know it’s difficult but we must make sure that the conditions are met, in a good spirit.
“For now I believe the atmosphere is right and discussions are going in the best of directions,” he added.
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