Wins for AEL, APOEL, and Anorthosis
CYPRIOT FIRST DIVISION - ROUND 12
|Date||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|9-Dec-18||Anorthosis||3 - 1||Doxa|
|9-Dec-18||APOEL||4 - 0||Nea Salamis|
|10-Dec-18||AEL Limassol||3 - 2||Ermis Aradippou|
Everything more or less went to plan, as Anorthosis saw off Doxa Katokopias 3:1, APOEL smashed Nea Salamina 4:0, and AEL Limassol edged Ermis Aradippou 3:2.
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Anorthosis hosted Doxa Katokopias at the Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium in Larnaca. Surprisingly, it was actually Doxa that got off to the good start, as Berat Sadik surprised Dimitris Demetriou with a stunning shot labelled for the top corner in the 9th minute, all Demetriou could do was angrily scoop the ball out of the net and roll it away. Demetriou was flustered and almost cost his side again as he whiffed on a back pass, which Sadik found. If not for Gordon Schilenfeld, it would have been another goal, Schildenfeld cleared it off the line. Against the run of play, Anorthosis earned a penalty as Nika Kacharava was hauled down in the box. Danijel Pranjic stepped up and beat Armin Gremsl to level the match with the 20th minute penalty. In stoppage time, Vincent Bessat forced a save from Gremsl, but the rebound was out of Kacharava’s reach, and the halftime score was 1:1.
The hosts took control of the match in the second half. It didn’t take long for them to pull ahead as Kacharava’s shot from a bad angle forced Gremsl to parry the ball right to Bessat who had plenty of net to shoot at, and he didn’t miss, a 52nd minute goal for Bessat. The final blow came in the 82nd minute as Nikos Englezou played a long ball for Kacharava, who did well to stay onside, latch onto the ball, and get the shot off before the onrushing Gremsl could cut him off. Kacharava gets the goal, and Anorthosis gets the 3:1 home win over Doxa. Good win for Anorthosis, they move up to 5th place. For Doxa, they fall to 8th place.
Meanwhile, APOEL hosted Nea Salamina at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia. The teams traded chances early on, Kingsley Onuegbu had a header from in tight that Boy Waterman made a fantastic save on. Not to be outdone at the other end, Emilio Nsue had his shot saved by Robert Veselovsky, who then miraculously dove across to rob Ghayas Zahid of a sure goal. The breakthrough came at the half hour mark, when Ghayas Zahid went down somewhat easily in the box, but at any rate, a penalty was awarded to APOEL, which Nuno Morais converted. In the 38th minute more bad news for Salamina as Zahid made a pass that went off Kostas Mintikkis who was charged with an own goal. APOEL’s halftime lead was 2:0.
APOEL continued to carry the play in the second half, and the backbreaker would come in the 81st minute, as Zahid played in a cross for Nsue, who headed the ball past Veselovsky to make it 3:0. Tomas De Vincenti tacked on one more in stoppage time, and the result was a big 4:0 win for APOEL over Nea Salamina. APOEL move up to 2nd place in the standings, Salamina fall into 6th place.
In the Monday game, AEL Limassol hosted Ermis Aradippou at the Tsirion Stadio in Limassol. In the 18th minute, Marko Adamovic opened the scoring as he redirected a Christos Wheeler pass past Giorgos Papadopoulos. Ermis responded however, Yiannis Mavrou’s attempt on goal was stopped by Vozinha, but the rebound came right Yaroslav Martynyuk and just like that, it was 1:1 in the 26th minute. 10 minutes later, AEL regained the lead when Wheeler looped another cross in, and a weak header off the head of Joan Roman somehow eluded Papadopoulos. Yet again, however, the visitors had a response, as Mavrou ripped one past Vozinha in the 43rd minute. A wild first half left behind a 2:2 score and everything to play for in the second half.
In that aforementioned second half, Gerasimos Fylaktou threatened Vozinha from long distance, the shot careened off the bottom of the crossbar and hit the goal line, barely staying out of the net. Just a minute later, the decisive moment as Herold Goulon made the fatal mistake, attempting to clear the ball, but it only got as far as Dosa Junior, who let off a shot that entered a maze of bodies. The goal was credit to Ruben Jurado who appeared to deflect the shot past Papadopoulos, and Jurado’s goal gave AEL the 3:2 lead in the 73rd minute. This time, Ermis had no response, and AEL recorded the 3:2 home win over Ermis Aradippou. AEL are back atop the Cypriot First Division standings, 2 points clear of APOEL, and 3 points clear of their stadium mates Apollon. It’s worth noting that Apollon have a game in hand on both APOEL and AEL. Ermis remain in 11th place.