By Nemanja Bjedov
AEL coach Ivaylo Petev expected more from his players despite a 2-1 win over AEK at the GSZ Stadium in Larnaca which extended their unbeaten run in the league to 12 games.
“These were a very important three points against a team which knows how to play football. We wanted to play better than them and luckily enough we scored early on, but after the opening goal I believe that the game was well balanced,” he said.
“We tried to hit them on the counter-attack and eventually managed to extend our lead. We made a lot of mistakes, but we won so I have to be pleased about that,” Petev added.
Spanish midfielder Edu Oriol scored his first goals for the club, in the 16th and 53rd minutes, while Koullis Pavlou’s penalty was only a consolation for the hosts.
AEL top the table with 43 points, with city rivals Apollon second with 41 after a 2-1 victory over Doxa Katokopia at the Tsirion Stadium in Limassol. Ermis Aradippou are third with 39 points after beating Ethnikos Achnas 1-0, while defending champions APOEL are fourth with 37 points.
“I am pleased because we recorded three important victories in six days. We managed to stay close to the teams that are currently ahead of us in the league and to advance into the next round of the national cup. Although we feared that fatigue could catch up with us, scoring goals early in the games helped us achieve our goals,” said APOEL coach Giorgos Donis whose side celebrated a 3-1 victory over Aris in Limassol.
“We played well and I believe that their goal came against the run of play. However, we had ball possession on our side and luckily we managed to change things around just before half time. The third goal could have come earlier to kill off the game, but when we finally scored, it was clear that the game was over. Now my players will get two days off and then we return to this Saturday, Wednesday, Saturday schedule,” Donis added.
Elsewhere, Omonia trounced Alki 5-0 at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia, while Anorthosis were surprisingly held to a 2-2 draw at home by AEK Kouklion with Andreas Makris saving a point for the Ammochostos side two minutes into injury time.
Nea Salamina and Enosis Neon Paralimni played out a 1-1 draw. Anorthosis are now fifth with 34 points with Omonia in sixth at 33.