By Nemanja Bjedov
AEL coach Ivaylo Petev was delighted with his side’s performance in a 3-1 victory over Omonia in the national football championship on Sunday afternoon at the Tsirion Stadium in Limassol.
“This was a fair win for us. We were the team that had victory on our minds,” he said.
“I believe that we were well organised and apart from Omonia’s few early chances we controlled the game. Even when they pulled one goal back we did not stop playing and try to defend the result, but rather looked to score again which is what we did in the final minutes,” Petev added.
Monteiro broke the deadlock in the 34th minute and Andrija Kaludjerovic scored his second goal in as many games to make it 2-0 five minutes after the interval. Lukasz Gikiewicz scored for the visitors in the 62nd minute to provide them with a glimmer of hope, but Monteiro converted a penalty two minutes from time to set up the final score.
“My players know what they want when they step onto the pitch and this is very important. Unfortunately we have no time for celebrations as we have a difficult mid-week cup game ahead of us,” Petev concluded.
AEL remain top of the standings with 40 points, two ahead of their city rivals Apollon who managed a 2-1 victory over Alki in Larnaca this weekend.
Ermis Aradippou are still in third, with 36 points, after they erased bad memories of being eliminated from the national cup last week by AEK Kouklion with a 1-0 win over the same opposition in Paphos.
Defending champions APOEL, who are fourth with 34 points, cruised to a 3-1 victory over Nea Salamina at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia with newly signed Cesar Santin scoring his first goal for the club.
“After going 3-0 up, my player relaxed without any logical explanation. Nea Salamina scored a goal and had chances to get back into the game . We cannot afford to relax, regardless of the score or opponent. This has to be clear to everyone,” APOEL coach Giorgos Donis said after the game,
Elsewhere, Anorthosis crushed Doxa Katokopia 6-1 away from home, while AEK Larnaca extended their unbeaten run to six games after a 1-0 win over Enosis Neon in Paralimni.
In the final game of the round last night, Ethnikos Achnas hosted Aris Limassol at the Dasaki Stadium in Achna.