PAOK on verge of UEL group stage after firing five past Brondby

PAOK's Robert Mak celebrates after scoring against Brondby. (AAP) Source: ANA-MPA/Pixel

Australia midfielder Terry Antonis's new club PAOK looks certain to qualify for the UEFA Europa League group stage after defeating Brondby 5-0 in the first leg of their qualifier on Friday (AEST).

Only days after joining the club, ex-Sydney FC star Antonis can look forward to a sustained European campaign with the Greek side taking a seemingly unassailable lead into the second leg in Denmark next week.

Athletic Bilbao, perhaps jaded from its Supercopa de Espana triumph over Barcelona, lost out 3-2 to Zilina, with Brazilian forward William grabbing a last-gasp winner, while Astra beat AZ by the same scoreline.

Krasnodar sealed a 5-1 rout of HJK, while Viktoria Plzen and Lech Poznan both sealed 3-0 home wins against Vojvodina and Videoton respectively, and Rosenborg saw off Steaua Bucharest 3-0.

Sparta Prague overcame an early deficit as it beat Thun 3-1, Young Boys suffered a 1-0 defeat to Azerbaijani champion Qarabag, and Dinamo Minsk defeated Salzburg 2-0 at home.

Arkadiusz Milik's penalty was enough to give former winner Ajax a 1-0 win over Jablonec, with Norwegian champion Molde beating Standard Liege 2-0 at home.

Rubin Kazan could only manage a 1-1 draw away at Rabotnicki, with St-Etienne doing the same against Milsami, though Ligue 1 rival Bordeaux fared better as it beat Kairat 1-0.

There were 1-0 wins for Legia Warsaw, Belenenses and Liberec against Zorya, Altach and Hajduk Split, while Panathinaikos's trip to Qabala finished goalless. 

Source Omnisport