AEK Larnaca destroy 10-man Anorthosis
CYPRIOT FIRST DIVISION - MATCHDAY 18
|AEK Larnaca||3 - 0||Anorthosis|
It was a somewhat anticlimactic derby between AEK Larnaca and Anorthosis, with AEK winning handily by a 3:0 margin.
AEK Larnaca hosted Anorthosis at the Giorgos Karapatakis AEK Arena in Larnaca. The hosts made the most of an early opportunity with a free kick from just outside the box. Jorge Larena took it, and absolutely froze the Anorthosis goalkeeper Ivan Vargic, not that he would have had much chance anyway, a well-placed 11th minute free kick and AEK drew first blood. Things only got worse for Anorthosis after that. Acoran was fouled just outside the box, but it was already the second yellow for Douglao, two yellows make a red, and Douglao was sent off. Just 20 minutes in, the visitors were down to 10 men. Not surprisingly, it was all one-way traffic to the Anorthosis net after that. Vargic managed to do some damage control with stops on Ivan Trickovski and Acoran, and Ruben Rayos even scrounged a chance at the other end, which was muted in front, and easily saved by Tono Ramirez. AEK settled for the 1:0 lead at the halftime break.
In the second half, Rayos had an even better chance to level the score, but his header lacked power and it was another easy save for Ramirez. The reality check came in the form of an insurance marker. Tete played in a nice cross for Trickovski, who volleyed past a helpless Vargic to double the AEK advantage in the 71st minute. Trickovski then buried the visitors with an exclamation point of a goal. In the 84th minute, he turned and curled a strike that kissed the bottom of the crossbar and landed in the back of the net past Vargic. AEK imposed their will on Anorthosis, and got the result to prove it, a 3:0 win at home to Anorthosis. With this win, AEK improve to 4th place in the standings, solidifying their place in the top 6 after a poor run of play that forced a managerial change. Anorthosis are clinging to the 6th spot, 4 points ahead of Omonoia.
HIGHLIGHTS: AEK LARNACA - ANORTHOSIS
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