APOEL Win Championship, Karmiotissa Relegated

APOEL Win Championshiop, Karmiotissa Relegated
 

CYPRIOT FIRST DIVISION - PLAYOFFS (MATCHDAY 9)

Date Home Team Score Away Team
13-May-17 Omonia 1 - 3 APOEL
13-May-17 AEK Larnaca 1 - 1 AEL Limassol
14-May-17 Apollon 1 - 1 Anorthosis
13-May-17 Aris Limassol 2 - 0 Ermis
14-May-17 Nea Salamis 1 - 0 Karmiotissa
14-May-17 Ethnikos Achnas 0 - 4 Doxa

Marios Antoniou from AGONAsport.com brings you a full recap of Matchday 9 in the Cypriot First Division Playoffs. For the current Cypriot First Division standings and full schedule click here . Highlights for each match can be found here.

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APOEL clinched their 5th consecutive Cypriot Championship after defeating eternal enemies Omonoia 1-3. The hosts, Omonoia, managed to shock APOEL when the league’s leading scorer, Matt Derbyshire found the back of the net early in the game. APOEL equalized with Stathis Aloneftis as the ex-Omonoia player took the rebound from Gianniotas’ shot to score minutes before halftime. Early in the second half, another ex-Omonoia player, Giorgos Efraim, was awarded a penalty kick. The “Prasinoi” furiously challenged the referee’s decision and the game was temporarily stopped, due to flares thrown on the pitch by the home fans. After the restart, Pieros Sotiriou scored from the penalty spot to double APOEL’s lead. Just minutes later, Derbyshire’s goal was called back due to offsides as more tension was sensed throughout the GSP stadium. During the second of eighteen minutes of stoppage time, Vander killed the game off with APOEL’s third goal of the night giving the Galazokitrini the 1-3 win. APOEL mathematically won their 5th straight championship with a game to spare, while Omonoia miss out on next year’s Europa League as AEL secured 4th place. 

AEK and AEL played to a 1-1 draw at the AEK Arena, in a game that had little impact on the standings after APOEL’s win over Omonia. AEK opened the scoring with Larena’s successful penalty kick in the 30th minute before AEL equalised in similar fashion through Piti in the second half. Both teams searched for the winner, however neither side managed to claim all three points in the end. APOEL’s win erased AEK’s hopes for the title, while AEL secured 4th place and a spot in next year’s Europa League. 

Apollon were unable to climb into second place, ahead of AEK, after a 1-1 draw at home against Anorthosis. After an entertaining but goalless first half,  Apollon opened the scoring with Semedo early in the second half. With Apollon failing to double their lead on multiple occasions, Anorthosis managed to steal a point as Ruben Rayos scored late in the game. The result leaves Apollon in 3rd, one point behind AEK, and the Limassol side will look to jump into second with a favorable result in their final fixture against APOEL. 

Aris prevailed 2-0 at home to Ermis, securing their place in next year’s 1st Division. Rogerio Martins’ penalty opened the scoring early in the game as he netted his 12th goal of the season. Promising Cypriot attacker Minas Antoniou doubled Aris’ lead in the second half and with indifferent Ermis generally showing little interest in the game, the hosts comfortably held onto the win. Aris celebrated safety while Ermis remained in 1st place in the second group.

Nea Salamina defeated Karmiotissa 1-0 at the Ammochostos stadium sending the visitors back down to the 2nd Division. Makriev’s late strike separated the sides at the final whistle moving Nea Salamina up to 42 points second group. Karmiotissa’s hopes for safety came to an end and while they had some good spells during the season, they paid the price for their offensive ineffectiveness. In many games this season they were the better side, however their lack of scoring cost them a place in next year’s First Division. 

Doxa visited Dasaki and demolished Ethnikos 0-4, sealing their stay in the First Division for next season. Tiago Gomes opened the scoring late in the first half and Leonardo doubled the visitors’ lead early in the second half. Doxa’s emphatic victory was capped off with two goals from Castro. Doxa’s win along with Karmiotissa’s defeat secured Doxa’s presence in next year’s First Division.  

 
by: Marios Antoniou
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