Late Apollon show defeats AEK Larnaca
CYPRIOT FIRST DIVISION - MATCHDAY 24
|Apollon Limassol||2 - 0||AEK Larnaca|
Apollon Limassol kept in touch with Cypriot First Division leaders APOEL Nicosia, defeating rivals AEK Larnaca 2:0 at the Tsirion Stadium.
With APOEL having won their match against Paphos earlier in the day, Apollon knew that they had to beat AEK Larnaca at home, but they failed to break the deadlock until stoppage time at the end of the 90 minutes.
AEK midfielder Ivan Trickovski had the first meaningful attempt of the match, stinging the palms of opposing goalkeeper Bruno Vale with a powerful long-range effort. Seconds later, Anton Maglica should have given Apollon an early lead, but he contrived to volley into Juan Pablo’s arms when free inside the penalty area. Juan Pablo was the busier goalkeeper in the first half, denying Adrian Sardinero with a reaction stop before palming Jander’s dangerous free-kick clear.
The match tightened up in the second half, with Apollon frustrated by AEK’s solid defence and the visitors trying to create opportunities on the counterattack. Antonio Jakolis came close to getting the better of AEK’s goalkeeper, heading against Juan Pablo’s hands after he wriggled clear of his marker.
In the end, it took late drama for Apollon to earn a vital three points. New signing Sasa Markovic, who only joined from Spanish club Cordoba in the January transfer window, slammed a strong free-kick through the wall and into the net on 90 minutes. Emilio Zelaya added gloss to the scoreline in the final seconds of injury time, scoring with only the goalkeeper to beat.
Apollon stay in second place of the Cypriot First Division, trailing APOEL Nicosia by two points. AEK are six points behind in fourth position.