The big weekend game between leaders AEK and Apollon in Larnaca ended in a 1-1 draw leaving both teams happy with the result.
“I was pleased with the way we performed especially in the second half and a draw was a fair result,” said AEK’ manager Imanol Idiakez in the post-game press conference.
“We conceded early but my players showed character and took charge of the game in the second half and were rewarded,” he added.
His counterpart Sofronis Avgousti agreed that the draw was a fair result.
Apollon took the lead in the 20th minute through Anton Maglica following a pinpoint cross from Antonio Jacolis with the home side’s defence guilty of ball watching.
Jacolis could have sewn up the three points for his side early in the second half but he blasted the ball high and wide with only the keeper to beat.
The missed chance jolted AEK into action and from that point on they took control of the game. But they were unable to create many chances and had to wait until the 79th minute for their first one with Apollon keeper Bruno Vale beating away Florian Taulemmeuse’s close-range effort.
Three minutes later though Ivan Triscovski was the first to react to Catala’s header at the far post and he beat Vale to give AEK a valuable point.
The draw allowed Anorthosis to draw level on points with AEK at the top following their 5-1 drubbing of Olympiakos.
Camara was the star of the game scoring a second half hat-trick in a 15-minute spell.
Douglao had given the Famagusta team the half-time lead with Rayos doubling the score shortly after the break. Torres reduced the arrears in the 69th minute before Camara struck in the final 20 minutes.
Apoel produced their best display of the season in an emphatic 4-0 win over Pafos FC at the GSP stadium.
Despite a nervy start to the game where the visitors could have opened the scoring twice in the opening 15 minutes, Apoel took control of the game and more than deserved their fourth win of the season.
Mikael Pote scored twice, once in each half, while substitute Andreas Makris got the other two goals in the final stages of the game.
Omonia’s season seems to be going from bad to worse after they could only draw 2-2 against Aris who are languishing in 12th position in the table.
Their coach Pambos Christodoulou offered to resign after the game but his resignation was not accepted by Omonia’s board, who said that they will continue and finish the season as they began, with Christodoulou in charge.
Both teams scored one apiece in each half with Matt Derbyshire opening the scoring in the 36th minute from the penalty spot and Frangou equalising three minutes later.
The same player gave Aris the lead early in the second half only for Renato Margaca to equalise in the 69th minute.
AEL moved up to third place following their third consecutive win, this time a 3-0 victory against Alki.
Central defender Pierre Lafrance opened the scoring in the first half with Arruabarrena and Sassi making sure of the points late on.
In a most entertaining game, Doxa ran out 4-2 winners over bottom-placed Ethnikos Achnas. Ethnikos had taken a half-time lead through Stoichev but second-half goals by Sadik (2), Mouctaris and Zatl gave the three points to Doxa.
In the final weekend game, Nea Salamina and Ermis Aradippou drew 1-1, a result that favours neither side as they both remain in the danger zone.