Olympiakos mathematically relegated to Second Division

Olympiakos mathematically relegated to Second Division
 

CYPRIOT 1st DIV: RELEGATION PLAYOFFS (MATCHDAY 7)

Date Home Team Score Away Team
21-Apr-18 Nea Salamina 4 - 1 Doxa Katokopias
21-Apr-18 Ermis Aradippou 0 - 1 Pafos
23-Apr-18 Olympiakos Nic. 0 - 3 Alki Oroklini

Olympiakos fell at home to Alki and will officially make a return to the second division. Salamina grabbed a big win over Doxa while Pafos escaped with a narrow victory over Ermis. 

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Salamina prevailed at home 4:1 over Doxa to continue their impressive run form. The hosts started strong and in the 14th minute, Thomas Nikolaou opened the scoring after putting home the rebound from Konstantinos Mintikkis’ shot which hit the post. Salamina struck again with another youngster, Ioannis Kosti, as his beautiful finish doubled their lead in the 16th minute. In the 35th minute, Doxa had a big chance to get back in the game, but Veselovsky and the post denied Berat Sadik’s effort and Salamina took a 2:0 lead into the break.

In the early stages of the second half, Doxa came close on two occasions, however Veselovsky again stopped efforts from Francis Nahr and Luis Carlos. The wasted efforts were then punished by the hosts in the 53rd minute as Eloundou chipped the ball over Evagoras Hadjifrangiskou to give Salamina a three-goal advantage. Three minutes later, Sadik put Doxa back into the game when he headed home a beautiful ball from Thomas Ioannou. Despite the goal, Salamina controlled the game and Andreas Karo scored in the 71st minute for their fourth of the night. In the final minutes, Doxa improved their display and came close to a consolation goal, but a rocket from Benjamin Asamoah hit the post and the match ended 4:1. Doxa still lead the group in 7th with Salamina sitting just four points behind at 9th place.

HIGHLIGHTS: SAMALIMNA - DOXA

Pafos recorded a 1:0 away win over Ermis and along with Olympiakos’ defeat to Alki, ensured their place in the first division for the upcoming season. The home side came into the game looking for the early lead, however their efforts proved ineffective. Pafos eventually got the upper hand as the half progressed, but like their opponents failed to score in the opening 45 minutes with the first half ending unsurprisingly goalless.  
 
Seven minutes into the second half, Pafos drew first blood through Daniel Sikorski as he broke Ermis’ offside trap and beat Giannis Arampatzis to give his side the lead. The visitors kept the momentum going and pushed for more goals with Sikorski being unlucky in the 61st minute as his effort was stopped by the post. Ermis came close to the equalizer, but a Giannis Taralidis free kick in the 84th minute was saved impressively by Leonard Aggoune. Aggoune came up with another big save in the game’s dying moments in an effort from Maksym Imerekov to keep the clean sheet and give Pafos the salvaging win. 

HIGHLIGHTS: PAFOS - ERMIS

Olympiakos lost the fight to avoid relegation after a 3:0 home defeat from Alki Oroklinis. The visitors opened the scoring through Kostas Charalambous just sixteen minutes into the game and Geoffrey Malfleury doubled Alki’s lead in the 44th minute to form the half time score of 2:0. The second half did not produce much as Olympiakos accepted their fate of relegation and Malfleury scored his second of the night for Alki’s 3:0 win. The result mathematically relegated Olympiakos Nicosia with three matchdays remaining and the Nicosia side will be the only one of the three teams that earned promotion last year to return to the second division. 

HIGHLIGHTS: OLYMPIACOS - ALKI

 
by Marios Antoniou
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