Anorthosis can’t find a way past AEL’s stubborn defence
CYPRIOT FIRST DIVISION - MATCHDAY 13
|Anorthosis||1 - 1||AEL Limassol|
|Abdullayev 12'||Lafrance 24'|
Anorthosis Famagusta were frustrated at home to AEL Limassol, as the visitors managed to hold the Cypriot First Division’s leading club to a 1:1 draw.
Looking to break ahead of second placed AEK Larnaca, Anorthosis made their fast start count in front of a passionate home crowd. Azeri midfielder Araz Abdullayev snuck behind the AEL defence, before slotting into the net after rounding the goalkeeper. However, to the hosts’ horror, AEL grabbed an equaliser when Kevin Lafrance headed in a looping free kick at the back post.
The majority of the second half saw Anorthosis press the AEL defence. Nevertheless, for all of their pressure, Anorthosis failed to really test the away goalkeeper. Ruben Rayos and Demba Camara did have clear sights of AEL’s goal during a frantic finish, but both contrived to lash off target.
This result allows Anorthosis to open up a one point lead in first place, but if AEK Larnaca win their match against Paphos on Sunday, then Anorthosis will be moved down to second. AEL stay put in third spot.