All the ‘big’ teams recorded relatively easy wins in the Cyprus football championship over the weekend, with the top end of the league table looking strikingly similar to how it was for most of last season.
AEK, Anorthosis, AEL, Apollon and Apoel lead the charge and Omonia, despite being in 8th place, are just one point away from the top six.
Ethnikos Achnas’ resilience against joint leaders AEK lasted until the final few minutes of the first-half when two quick-fire goals by top scorer Florian Taulemeusse and Acoran all but finished the game as a contest.
AEK were rarely tested against bottom-placed Ethnikos, who barely ventured forward even when they went behind. It was no surprise when Acoran grabbed his second of the game and third for his team with 11 minutes to go.
Anorthosis, who share top spot with AEK, had a much more difficult afternoon and they had to dig deep to get the three points against battling Ermis Aradippou.
Palanka had given Anorthosis the lead with a fierce drive midway into the first half but Alex Constantinou brought the game level shortly after the break. The same player could have given his team the lead but he shot wastefully wide.
The miss proved costly as Anorthosis scored in their very next attack with Kamara side-footing the ball past goalkeeper Arabadzis following Daniel Pranic’s inviting cross for the winner.
Third placed AEL were also given a scare by lowly Nea Salamina but in the end two second half goals by Silva (penalty) and Arruabarrena were enough to give AEL the three points.
The Limassol team had taken the lead through Benitez in the 31st minute but Nea Salamina fought back and equalised 10 minutes later through Grassi.
Early in the second half both Dimitar Makriev and Brigito had chances to give Salamina the lead but both failed to find the net from good positions.
Apollon swept past Alki with consummate ease as they defeated them 4-1.
Zander had given the Limassol team an early lead and even though Alki equalised through Fabricio, Apollon hit back with three more goals in a 12-minute second-half spell through Skembri and a brace by Zelayia.
Olympiakos and Aris played out a goalless draw with the Limassol team missing the chance to leapfrog over their opponents as Aurelio missed from the penalty spot in the final stages of the game.
Pafos FC beat Doxa 1-0 on Monday night.