Plenty of Goals in the Season's finale
CYPRIOT FIRST DIVISION - PLAYOFFS (MATCHDAY 10)
|Date||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|20-May-17||APOEL||2 - 2||Apollon|
|20-May-17||Anorthosis||0 - 1||AEK Larnaca|
|21-May-17||AEL Limassol||3 - 2||Omonia|
|21-May-17||Ermis||3 - 4||Ethnikos Achnas|
|21-May-17||Doxa||0 - 3||Nea Salamis|
|21-May-17||Karmiotissa||5 - 1||Aris Limassol|
Marios Antoniou from AGONAsport.com brings you a full recap of Matchday 10 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.
As the champion and the relegated team were already finalized last week, the final chapter of the season gave us the chance to see youngsters and reserves getting opportunities on the pitch.
APOEL and Apollon matched up at GSP Stadium just a few days before the Cup Final on Wednesday. Thomas Christiansen completely changed the starting eleven from last game with Omonoia, while Sofronis Avgousti started a lot of Apollon’s youngsters. After a goalless first half, Piech opened the scoring for the visitors with a beautiful shot early in the second half. Bertoglio equalized from a rebounded effort from De Camargo’s header and despite being in an offsides position, the goal stood. Deep in the game, Apollon regained the lead as promising Cypriot striker Giannis Pittas found the back of the net. The champions though had the last word as De Camargo pulled APOEL level in the 90th minute to salvage a 2-2 draw. APOEL finished 1st with 80 points and after the game they celebrated this year's title in a grand fiesta with their fans at the GSP Stadium. Apollon ended the campaign in 3rd with 73 points and will look to stop APOEL from winning this year’s double in Wednesday’s Cup Final.
AEK secured 2nd place as they defeated Anorthosis 0-1 at Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium. A late goal in the first half by Acoran separated the sides at the final whistle. AEK ended the campaign 4 points behind APOEL and will prefer the champions to win the upcoming Cup Final in order to start in a better position than Apollon in Europa League qualifying. Anorthosis saw a catastrophic year finally coming to an end as they finished in 6th place.
AEL hosted Omonoia in a game where youngsters from both teams had the chance to show their abilities on the pitch with AEL prevailing 3-2. The first half ended 1-0 for the hosts as Sassi scored after a great solo effort and assist from Marios Elia. Arnasson equalized for Omonoia early in the second half, but AEL answered a half-hour later with Giannis Gerolemou, one of the most promising talents of Cypriot football. Marco Soares killed the game off just a few minutes later for AEL, only before Omonoia scored to form the final score with another youngster, Andreas Katsantonis. AEL finished 4th, while Omonoia remained 9 points behind in 5th place and lost the chance to compete in next year’s Europa League.
Ermis and Ethnikos Achnas gave the few spectators that went to the game plenty of highlights in a 7 goal thriller that ended 3-4 in favor of Ethnikos Achnas. Both teams played an open and attacking game with Ermis scoring twice with Baril and Mashinya, before Ethnikos answered with Kacharava. Mashinya scored a third goal for Ermis, however Filipov and Kipiani’s goals managed to end a spectacular first half that ended in a 3-3 draw. The winning goal came late in the game from Andreas Elia to give Ethnikos the thrilling comeback and all 3 points. Ethnikos finished 2nd in the group, and Ermis in 3rd just a point behind their opponents.
Nea Salamina visited Doxa at the Makareio Stadium with the visitors’ winger Nassir Maachi scoring a hat-trick to give his side a 0-3 win. The result gave Nea Salamina 1st place in the second group while Doxa will be happy with avoiding relegation.
Karmiotissa said goodbye to the First Division with a 5-1 win over Aris. A hat-trick from Alejandro Barbaro and 2 goals from Stamatis Pantos gave Karmiotisa the win in their farewell match, while Rogerio Martins scored Aris’ only goal. Aris ended the season in 4th place of the second group while Karmiotissa returns to the Second Division.