CYP 1st Div Matchday 20 Recap: AEK continue to lead the table, APOEL demolish Doxa

CYP 1st Div Matchday 20 Recap: AEK continue to lead the table, APOEL demolish Doxa
 

CYPRIOT FIRST DIVISION - MATCHDAY 20

Date Home Team Score Away Team
13-Jan-18 AEK Larnakas 4 - 1 Aris
13-Jan-18 Ethnikos Achnas 0 - 3 Nea Salamis
13-Jan-18 Omonia 0 - 3 Ermis
14-Jan-18 Pafos 0 - 1 AEL Limassol
14-Jan-18 Apollon 1 - 1 Anorthosis
14-Jan-18 Doxa 0 - 8 APOEL
15-Jan-18 Alki Oroklini 1 - 1 Olymp. Nicosia

Marios Antoniou from AGONAsport.com brings you a full recap of Matchday 20 in the Cypriot 1st First Division. Full standings and schedule can be found here. Highlights for each match can be found here.

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AEK continue to lead the standings after a 4:1 home win over Aris. The visitors shockingly opened the scoring with Fragkos in the 24th minute, but AEK equalised with Taulemesse just before the halftime whistle. Catala turned the game around in the 68th minute, while an in-form Taulemesse scored two more goals to complete the hat trick and form the final 4:1 scoreline. Aris retreated to 13th place and are now four points behind 11th place Olympiakos.

Salamina earned an important 0:3 away win over last placed Ethnikos in their efforts to escape the drop. Carlao netted twice (18, 27) followed by a late goal from Poljanec (88), propelled the Erythrolefki to the three points and are now 12th, just two points behind Olympiakos. Ethnikos continue to sit in bottom spot and look bound for the second division next season. 

AEL escaped from Pafos with a dramatic 0:1 win over the local side. Despite an intense 90 minutes of play, the visitors were the better side and rightfully deserved the three points. Both teams were reduced to 10-men as Torbinskiy for Pafos and Lafrance for AEL were sent off in the second half. It was a 90th minute own goal from Goulon that separated the sides at the final whistle, keeping AEL four points clear of 6th placed Omonoia. Pafos continue on a series of negative results and despite sitting in 8th, Alki and Ermis are just one and three points behind, respectively. 

Omonoia cruised to yet another comfortable home win after downing Ermis 3:0. It took all but seven minutes of play to see the hosts take a 2-goal lead with goals from Christofi and Derbyshire. Christofi added his second of the night after the restart to give the Prasini the 3:0 victory, as the Nicosia side continue to sit in 6th place. Ermis are in 10th, but just three points clear of 12th Salamina. 

APOEL demolished Doxa with an 0:8 scoreline in their visit to the Makareio stadium. Morais, Zahid, Nsue, and Efraim sent the defending champions with a four goal lead into halftime. De Camargo and Makris added their names to the score sheet in the second half before two more goals from Efraim saw him complete the hat-trick to form the final 0:8 scoreline. APOEL are now 2nd, just a point behind their upcoming opponents AEK, but continue to have two games in hand. Despite the heavy defeat, Doxa remain middle of the table in 7th and are six points clear of 8th placed Pafos. 

Alki and Olympiakos shared a point in their 1:1 draw. Despite being the better side, Alki fel behind after Polizzi opened the scoring for the visitors just before halftime. After the restart, Alki managed to equalise with Dhiakite in the 69th minute to send Alki into 9th place while Olympiakos are back in 11th.
 

 
by: Marios Antoniou
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