Cyprus Mail

Apollon warm up for Lazio clash in style

By Nemanja Bjedov
APOLLON have opened up a two-point gap at the top of the Cyprus Championship after Fotios Papoulis and Marcos Gullón scored a goal each as the Limassol side beat champions APOEL 2-0 at the Tsirion Stadium over the weekend.
“In the first half the game was balanced with several chances for each side. It was a good game to watch from the fans’ perspective but not so much from a coaching point of view,” Apollon coach Christakis Christoforou told a press conference
“After the interval we continued in the same rhythm and eventually scored two goals,” Christoforou added.
“Since they appointed a new coach I believe they play better and I am sure that we will have many more tough games against them.
My players are entitled to celebrate this win, but not for long because we must immediately start to prepare for our Europa League match with Lazio,” concluded Christoforou whose side will visit Rome on Thursday night in the Europa League
Ermis Aradippou meanwhile needed a penalty deep into injury time to salvage a 1-1 draw against AEL at the Ammochostos Stadium in Larnaca, while Anorthosis also scored from the penalty spot four minutes into added time to secure a narrow 3-2 victory over Enosis Neon Paralimni at the Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium.
“We did not play as well as I wanted us to,” said Anorthosis coach Jorge Costa whose team had to recover from a 2-1 down to seal the win.
“After we conceded the second goal we tried to apply as much pressure on them as possible, but again we did not perform that well; however, I am satisfied with three things: the effort of the players, victory and our fans’ support,” Costa added.
Toni Savevski’s Omonia climbed into fourth place with 16 points after a convincing 3-0 victory over Nea Salamina with all three goals coming in the first half.
“We had a very good first half and we took advantage of our chances and our opponent’s mistakes. In the second half we stepped back a bit but still managed to win another game at home without conceding. We need to continue to play as well as we did today and remain down to earth,” said Savevski.
Elsewhere in Round 8, Doxa Katokopia beat AEK Kouklion 3-1, while Ethnikos Achnas thrashed Alki 6-1 away from home.
Finally, Ton Caanen’s debut on the bench of Aris was spoiled by his former club AEK who left Limassol with a 3-0 victory.

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