the report by www.onefootball.com
A stirring fight-back from Litex saw them battle back from the shock of going 3-0 down to AEK Athens within 22 minutes to trail by just a single goal going into the home leg of their Uefa Cup tie.
The home side hit the ground running, and could have taken the lead as early as the third minute as Vassilis Tsartas struck a post.
Seven minutes later, the Greece midfielder did get his name on the scoresheet, tucking home a penalty after Bulgarian midfielder Milen Petkov had been fouled by goalkeeper Vitomir Vutov.
Thodoris Zagorakis added a second on 18 minutes, and Sotiris Konstantinidis made it three four minutes later.
Litex were reeling, and thoughts were turning to their infamous 4-1 defeat in Lodz three years ago, but this side are made of sterner stuff and after a flurry of pressure, the Bulgarians got one back from Zoran Jankovic, who raced by three defenders before driving the ball home.
Litex suffered another blow minutes later as influential defender Zhivko Zhelev had to limp off to be replaced by Aurelian Patrasku.
After half-time AEK withdrew all three of their goalscorers, and that allowed Litex to take charge of the game. Dionysis Hiotis made a fine save to deny Atanas Bornosuzov on 61 minutes, but 11 minutes later Litex got the second their approach work had deserved.
Substitute Kiril Nikolov struck the post, and, although Rosen Kirilov somehow missed the rebound Valeriu Rakita was on hand to tap the ball home.
AEK poured forward in an attempt to restore the two goal margin, but Vutov held them at bay with a couple of fine saves to leave Litex, incredibly, marginal favourites in the second leg.
AEK Athens: Hiotis, Gamara, Lakis, Kasapis, Ramos, Zagorakis (Kola 58), Petkov, Tsartas (Maladenis 53), Nikolaidis, Zikos, Konstantinidis (Georgeas 66)
Litex: Vutov, Zhelev (Patrasku 36), Rakita, Kirilov, Dimitrov, Jelenkovic, Petrov (Nikolov 60), Bornosuzov, Hidiued (Petev 84), Yovov, Jankovic
Booked: Maladenis, Georgeas, Ramos (AEK); Vutov, Kirilov, Jankovic, Patrasku (Litex)
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Germany)