APOEL beat AEL to take first place, Apollon edge past Omonia

APOEL beat AEL to take first place, Apollon edge past Omonia
 

CYPRIOT FIRST DIVISION

APOEL 2 - 1 AEL Limassol
Pote 45'
Morais (P) 77'

Lafrance 43'

Reigning Cypriot champions APOEL Nicosia had to come from behind against AEL Limassol at home, eventually winning 2:1 after a late penalty, while Apollon edge past Omonoia.

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The visitors took a first half lead, but APOEL overpowered their opponents to earn a victory which takes the capital outfit back to the top of the Cypriot First Division table.

Mickael Pote had an ideal chance to give APOEL an advantage within the opening fifteen minutes, but his header smacked the right post at point blank range. APOEL continued to have the better chances, however AEL managed to strike first on 43 minutes. A floating free-kick found the unmarked Kevin Lefrance, who headed beyond the stranded Andreas Paraskevas.

Nevertheless, APOEL replied instantly. Seconds before the half-time whistle, Pote rose highest in the area to gently nod a searching cross into the right corner. 

AEL were gifted a glorious opportunity to retake the lead in the second half, as Ismael Sassi’s goalbound effort was blocked by heroic APOEL defending. In the end, the game’s crucial moment came with thirteen minutes remaining. Christos Wheeler tripped Tommy Oar in the box, allowing APOEL captain Nuno Moraes to slot home the ensuing spot kick. 


Apollon Limassol 1 - 0 Omonoia
Yuste 28'

In the evening match, Apollon Limassol edged past Omonia Nicosia 1:0 at the Tsirion Stadium to maintain the pressure on leaders APOEL.

Spanish midfielder Hector Yuste scored the only goal of the game on 28 minutes, bundling the loose ball over the line after Omonia goalkeeper Andreas Christodoulou let Joao Pedro’s dangerous free-kick slip out of his grasp.

Apollon controlled the majority of the match, creating a number of chances to put the game to bed. Adrian Sardinero saw his attempt tipped on to the crossbar by Christodoulou, before the Omonia shot stopper denied Anton Maglica with a superb reaction save.

Omonia, who rarely threatened in the game, saw their hopes ended when William Soares received a second yellow card. With this 1:0 victory, Apollon take second place in the Cypriot First Division, just two points behind APOEL.

 

 
By Shaun Nicolaides
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