The European Journey begins for AEK and Apollon

And so it begins!

AEK Larnaca and Apollon Limassol will take part in this years UEFA Europa League group stages, its match-day 1 of the competition which starts on Thursday night.

At 20:00 local time Apollon Limassol will lock horns with Italian side Lazio at the Estadio Olympico, Apollon who had an excellent campaign in the competition last year and away performances against Everton will give Sofronis Avgoustis side confidence for a positive result in Italy.

For the other Cypriot side in the competition AEK Larnaca will place two hours later at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia against FC Zurich and AEK will be looking to get off to a positive start in the competition.

The Larnaca side have played in the competition before and know the demands of playing at a high level and will look onto this game as an opportunity to wrap up three points in there quest to reach the next round of the competition.

Apollon match kicks off at 20:00 and AEK will play at 22:00.