By Nemanja Bjedov
ROBERTO Colautti’s injury time brace helped Anorthosis begin their 2013-2014 league campaign with an important 3-1 victory over Nicosia giants Omonia at the Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium in Larnaca over the weekend.
“I am very pleased with three points from this match after all the problems we have had coming into the game.
“This was a really important win and I am satisfied with the level of our performance as well as with our application,” Anorthosis coach Jorge Costa told reporters after the game.
“The fans helped us immensely and I want to thank them. I know that it is only three points and that we have so much work ahead of us, but I believe in this team and as you could see when we play as we did against Omonia, we do so with a lot of passion,” Costa added.
After a goalless first half the hosts broke the deadlock through Jason Demetriou in the 62nd minute, but Lukasz Gikiewicz leveled the score five minutes before the end of the 90 minutes.
The match officials indicated a whopping 11 minutes of injury time due to excessive use of flares by the home side’s fans at the beginning of the second half and Argentine striker Colautti took full advantage, netting twice in added time to set up the final score.
“We did not start the championship the way we wanted. Unfortunately it is very important to start on a positive note, but Anorthosis were luckier towards the end of the match and they won,” said Omonia coach Toni Savevski.
“After their second goal we simply could not react as we were psychologically down and there was no time for a proper response,” added Savevski who was visibly disappointed by the late defeat.
“After they initially took the lead we made a few changes and we managed to equalize. However, I think that we might have underestimated them and as it showed in the end they probably wanted to win this match more than we did,” he said..
Elsewhere, new boys AEK Kouklion upset AEK Larnaca 2-1, while Aris Limassol narrowly defeated Alki 1-0 away from home.
Doxa Katokopia and AEL Limassol recorded 2-0 victories over Nea Salamina and Ethnikos Achnas respectively.
“It was our first match and we did well against a very organised team which is traditionally a difficult opponent for us. The spectators who actually came to the stadium definitely enjoyed what they saw. I want to congratulate my players as they were perfectly focused today,” said AEL coach Lito Vidigal after his team’s victory at the Dasaki Stadium in Achna.
“This is the mentality that we want to cultivate within our team. To give everything we have in every single game in order to win. It was a great pleasure for me to see so many our fans away from home. They were simply fantastic and I want to thank them very much,” he concluded.
In the final two matches of the opening round on Monday evening, champions APOEL were set to face Enosis Neon Paralimni at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia, while Apollon host Ermis Aradippou at the Tsirion Stadium in Limassol.
By Nemanja Bjedov