Cyprus Mail

Omonia and Anorthosis crash out of Europa League

By Nemanja Bjedov
ANORTHOSIS threw away a 3-0 first leg lead against Gefle IF as the Swedish side recorded an unlikely 4-0 win on Thursday night in the second leg of their Europa League second qualifying round tie, with Mikael Dahlberg scoring the fourth goal for the hosts three minutes from time.
Omonia also crashed out of the competition at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia after a 2-1 defeat to Romanian side FC Astra Giurgiu, following a 1-1 draw last week away from home.
Jakob Orlov opened the scoring in the 25th minute and Alexander Faltsetas doubled Gefle’s lead midway through the second half. Orlov then scored again five minutes before the final whistle before Dahlberg stunned the Ammochostos side two minutes later as he sent them out of Europe.
After scoring a hat-trick in the opening round of the Romanian championship on Sunday, Constantin Budescu netted twice against Omonia to help his side reach the third qualifying round with a 3-2 aggregate victory over the Nicosia giants. Budescu scored his first goal of the night six minutes before the interval, but the hosts levelled ten minutes into the second half through Polish striker Lukasz Gikiewicz.
However, Budescu scored again in the 69th minute to set up the final score.

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