By Nemanja Bjedov
Gaston Sangoy’s goal early in the second half provided Apollon with an unlikely 1-0 victory over Polish side Legia on Thursday in the UEFA Europa League Group J second round at Warsaw’s Pepsi Arena.
After a cautious start to the game, Apollon were awarded a penalty midway into the first half, after Legia goalkeeper Wojciech Skaba brought down Fotis Papoulis in the area. However, Apollon’s prolific Argentinean striker Sangoy missed from the penalty spot.
The hosts had their best chance of the first half in injury time, but Henrik Ojamaa’s effort did not trouble Isli Hidi in Apollon’s goal.
Despite wasting a superb goal-scoring opportunity in the first half, Sangoy came through in the 56th minute when Roberto Garcia set him free with a through pass, and the Argentinean slotted the ball home from the right side of the area, under the out-rushing Skaba, to set up the final score.
Meanwhile, at Nicosia’s GSP Stadium in Group F, ruling Cypriot champions APOEL were demolished 3-0 by German side Eintracht Frankfurt.
APOEL skipper Nektarios Alexandrou scored an own goal to open proceedings in the 27th minute, while Srdjan Lakic and Sebastian Jung added a goal apiece to seal the win.