Another late Apollon show rescues draw against Atalanta
UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE GROUP E - MATCHDAY 4
|Apollon Limassol||1 - 1||Atalanta|
|Zelaya 90'+4'||Ilicic (P) 35'|
Yet another late, late goal secured Apollon Limassol a third dramatic draw in Group E of the UEFA Europa League, as the Cypriots frustrated Atalanta at the GSP Stadium.
Many had Apollon Limassol down as the whipping boys of Group E, but the Cypriot Cup winners simply never know when they are beaten. It looked as though Apollon were heading for a disappointing loss in Limassol to Italians Atalanta, until Emilio Zelaya glanced in a last gasp header during injury time to rescue a handy point.
Apollon’s only defeat in the group so far came last time out in Italy, with the team dropping a bitter 1:3 defeat against Atalanta. Revenge was on the Cypriots’ minds, but they didn’t get off to a great start. Defender Alef clattered into Josip Ilicic on the 35th minute mark, a clumsy challenge which gifted Atalanta a penalty. Ilicic stepped up himself to take the spot kick, confidently beating goalkeeper Bruno Vale.
Atalanta came close to doubling their lead midway through the second half, as Andrea Petagna thumped a header against the post from close range. The group leaders seemed to be easing their way to a narrow away victory, but Zelaya’s heroics in the third minute of stoppage time salvaged a point for an Apollon side which has bags of determination.
Nevertheless, the point doesn’t do much for Apollon’s faint hopes of advancing. Atalanta and Lyon are running away with the group on eight points each, while Apollon sit on three in third place, one spot ahead of English outfit Everton.