By Nemanja Bjedov
OMONIA and AEK Larnaca joined holders Apollon, APOEL, Ermis Aradippou, Doxa Katokopia, Alki and Enosis Neon Paralimni in the Cyprus Coca Cola Cup quarter-finals after securing aggregate victories in the Round of 16 on Wednesday over Anorthosis and Aris Limassol respectively.
After a 1-1 draw in the first leg at the Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium, Anorthosis approached the game with an attacking mindset and created three good chances inside the first fifteen minutes.
The first chance fell to the visitors after only six minutes, but Valentinos Sielis was unable to hit the target with his header. In the 13th minute, Toni Calvo’s powerful shot from inside the penalty area was well saved by Alexandre Negri, while two minutes later Gonzalo Garcia had another opportunity for the visitors but his shot went wide.
Anorthosis coach Jorge Costa was then forced to take Garcia off in the 23rd minute due to an injury and bring on Andreas Makris, only a few minutes after the referee sent off Andreas Avraam for a second bookable offence.
The hosts eventually got into the game and took the lead two minutes before half-time through Serginho Greene’s header.
Joan Thomas extended the home side’s lead fifteen minutes from time, but Makris made the final few minutes interesting by pulling one back for Anorthosis four minutes from time. However, Nikos Englezou put the outcome of the tie beyond any doubt in the last minute by making it 3-1 on the day and 4-2 on aggregate to send his team into the next round.
Omonia arrived in Limassol with a slim 1-0 advantage after the first leg, but took the lead midway through the first half through Maximiliano Oliva’s own goal.
The Nicosia giants then controlled the game until the final whistle. Aris made sure they didn’t lose the match though, with Davide Grassi’s goal two minutes into injury time meaning a 2-1 aggregate defeat.
After a disappointing 3-3 draw last week in Larnaca, Alki beat the B2 side Onisilos Sotira 2-0 away from home on Wednesday to book their spot in the last eight where they join Enosis Neon Paralimni who progressed past Ethnikos Achnas with a 1-1 draw at the Dasaki Stadium after a goalless draw in the first leg.