Oliveira one of three to see red in bizarre Greek Cup semi-final ending

Nelson Oliveira was sent off during AEK Athens Greek Cup semi-final win. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Fo

Nelson Oliveira was sent off during AEK Athens Greek Cup semi-final win. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Former Norwich City striker Nelson Oliveira was one of three AEK Athens players sent off in as many minutes during their Greek Cup semi-final aggregate victory over Aris on Wednesday.

The Portuguese forward was dismissed following a bizarre three minutes which saw the Greek giants reduced to eight men in quick succession as the tie reached stoppage time of extra time.

AEK progressed to the final of the competition, coming back from 2-0 down on the night to draw 2-2 and win 4-3 on aggregate.

Oliveira assisted the equaliser and had a gilt-edged chance to secure victory on the night deep into extra-time, only to volley the ball against the underside of the bar when the goal was gaping.

All three red cards were seperate incidents, with Oliveira the last of the players to get sent off.

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Petros Mantalos was the first to see red for a nasty tackle before Dutch referee Danny Makkelie sent off Andre Simoes just one minute later after he clashed with an opposing player.

Oliveira’s red card came soon after, with the Portuguese international attempting to block a quick free-kick - only to see himself suffer the same fate as his colleagues.

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The former City striker will now be suspended for the final. AEK Athens will face Olympiacos next month.

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