The Cyprus football championship is turning out to be most unpredictable with the so-called smaller teams more than matching the ones that at the start of the season were regarded as title contenders.
Apoel, Apollon and Omonia all drew against Aris, AEL and Alki respectively while AEK, who for two consecutive seasons finished second, lost to Nea Salamina, a team that had failed to win a game and conceded 10 goals in their opening four games.
AEL and Apollon shared the points in a pulsating Limassol derby, with AEL missing a great opportunity to take all three points in the final minute of the game, but their striker Mikel Arrauabarrena failed to beat Apollon keeper Bruno Vale from the penalty spot.
Apollon just about edged the first half with Anton Maglica giving them a deserved lead just after the half-hour mark.
The second half though belonged to AEL who managed to equalise early through Tiago de Leonco and should have taken the lead late on but Aldair somehow managed to blast the ball wide from a few metres out.
Omonia were firm favourites to take all three points at home to newcomers Alki but it was the visitors who took the lead twice in the game before conceding an equaliser four minutes from the end from the penalty spot.
Fabricio had struck twice in the last 15 minutes of the first half with Dimitris Christophi momentarily levelling for Omonia with a stooping header before Jailson Arraujo sent Alki’s keeper Urgo Pardo the wrong way to salvage a point for Omonia from the penalty spot.
Omonia should have been level on the hour mark but Soares’ ‘goal’ was inexplicably cancelled out by the assistant referee. This prompted Omonia’s president Tzionis to accuse his Alki counterpart of “getting the help he had asked for” and then turned his wrath on the assistant saying: “if he cannot officiate he should take up chess or backgammon”.
Following their midweek drubbing by Omonia, AEK suffered a second consecutive defeat, this time away to Nea Salamina who up until this game had just two points.
It was former AEK player, Constantinos Mintikkis, currently on loan to Salamina, who settled the game with a shot from inside the area that somehow slipped through the hands of AEK keeper Juan Pablo.
Much as they tried, AEK failed to create many openings with the best one falling to Florian Taulemmese but his shot rattled the crossbar from just inside the area.
As the game progressed and with AEK pushing forward for the equaliser, Salamina counter-attacked with purpose and Brigito, Damahou and Makriev should have made the game safe before the final whistle.
Ermis Aradippou finally got off the mark as they recorded their first points of the season after defeating Ethnikos Achnas 2-0 with two second-half goals from Tsina and Emeghara.
In the final weekend game Olympiakos and Pafos FC played out a dour 0-0 draw.
Leaders Anorthosis extended their lead at the top of the table to four points on Monday night when they beat Doxa Katokopias 2-0 at home. Joao Victor scored twice in the second half in a game that wrapped up Round 5 of the championship.