By Nemanja Bjedov
Roberto Colautti scored his fifth goal in three matches to seal a 4-0 victory for Anorthosis over Alki in a minor Larnaca derby, while AEL recovered from a goal down to beat Enosis Neon Paralimni 3-1 away from home, with Orlando Sa netting twice to increase his tally to five goals from three matches.
Anorthosis broke the deadlock at the Ammochostos Stadium after 19 minutes, with skipper’s Dan Alexa’s close range header. They then doubled their lead just before the half-time interval, with Gaossou Fofana capitalising on a bad return pass to send the ball under the out-rushing Demetris Stylianou.
“If you ask me I am satisfied and I will always say yes to all three points,” said Anorthosis’ coach Jorge Costa, whose team tops the league standings ahead of AEL on superior goal difference.
“We did well, but we were far from perfect. I know that I have a lot of work ahead of me in order to get all the details right and I hope that we will improve from week to week.
“On the other hand, it is always important to win. Nine points from three matches is the perfect harvest. In the first half we were not that good and I believe that the final score is somewhat harsh on Alki,” he added.
Toni Calvo made it 3-0 in the 73rd minute after connecting with Fofana’s cross from the left wing to head the ball home, before Colautti set up the final scoring with another header, this time after Calvo’s cross.
At Tasos Markou Stadium in Paralimni, the home side held a 1-0 lead at half time, but Orlando Sa’s brace and Cassio Vargas’ goal sealed the victory for the Limassol outfit.
“We had a good match against a tough and well-organised team, and I do not believe the result reflects the actual proceedings on the pitch,” said AEL coach Lito Vidigal.
“I watched their previous matches and their current standings are worse than their performances. We started slowly and then as the match progressed we were improving and I believe that we deserved to win.
“Our fans who followed us to Paralimni were our 12th player and their support is always precious,” he added.
“They stood behind our players throughout the match and therefore helped them believe in victory which is what happened in the end; I would like to dedicate this win to them.”
Elsewhere, on Saturday evening Ermis Aradippou beat Doxa Katokopia 4-2 away from home, while on Sunday afternoon AEK Kouklion and Ethnikos Achnas recorded 2-0 victories over Aris Limassol and Nea Salamina respectively.
In the final two matches of round 3 on Monday evening at 7pm, APOEL take on AEK Larnaca at Nicosia’s GSP Stadium, while Apollon host Omonia at Limassol’s Tsirion Stadium.