By Nemanja Bjedov
GASTON Sangoy scored a hat-trick to help Apollon Limassol to a 3-1 victory against Ethnikos Achnas at the Dasaki Stadium and go top of the national football league on Monday night, level on 18 points with Ermis Aradippou after seven matches.
Elsewhere, in the battle of the big guns, champions APOEL beat Anorthosis 1-0 at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia with Joao Guilherme scoring the only goal of the match in the 52nd minute.
“This was a difficult game for us, but we got the win in the end and I believe we deserved it,” said Apollon defender Christos Karipidis.
“Not many teams will come to Dasaki and win. Our plan is to take it a game at a time and now we shift our focus on to APOEL, who are our next opponents,” he added.
“It is too soon to talk about the title as there are still many difficult games to come.”
Sangoy broke the deadlock six minutes before half-time, but Silas leveled the score in the 63rd minute. However, four minutes later it was 2-1 for the visitors, while the Argentine striker set up the final score in the 88th minute.
After the game in Nicosia meanwhile, APOEL coach Giorgos Donis spoke to the media.
“This was a quality encounter between two very good teams, played at a high pace and with many strong duels throughout the entire 90 minutes,” he said.
“I am pleased with the way that we played in the first half. I believe that we had the upper hand apart from Fofana’s chance to score for Anorthosis,” added Donis, for whom this was a first victory since taking over the club two weeks ago.
“This is an opportunity for us to now build on this result, because everything was against us and sometimes in order to get things sorted out you need a win.
“Our team will continue to play in a 4-4-2 formation; we will work on it and from game to game analyse the data.
“I will meet with our team psychologist tomorrow and come up with a plan on how to improve our players in that field too,” Donis concluded.
Despite the much-needed victory, APOEL remain in sixth position with 13 points, the same as their arch-rivals Omonia but behind them due to an inferior overall goal difference.
By Nemanja Bjedov