By Iacovos Constantinou
THE three teams leading the championship race, AEL, APOEL and Apollon pulled away by a further two points from their nearest rivals over the weekend, while at the wrong end of the table, one automatic relegation position will be decided on the final day with three teams, Enosis, Aris and AEK Kouklion the candidates.
With twenty minutes to go, Enosis Neon Paralimni were heading for the drop as they were trailing to fellow relegation strugglers AEK Kouklion to an Acosta goal. In the space of two minutes (75th to 77th) they managed to turn the game around with Angulo grabbing both goals. Enosis now need a win in their final game to have a chance of beating the drop in the play-offs.
Aris Limassol, despite missing two of their star players, put up a gutsy performance against Anorthosis and deservedly won the game. Yousef put the Limassol team ahead just before the break with Turan making all three points safe on the hour mark. This was another appaling Anorthosis performance, their fifth loss in the last six games.
Leaders AEL took the lead against Doxa Katokopias in the tenth minute through Kaluderovic and wasted a number of excellent opportunities to increase their lead. The visitors though rarely troubled AEL’s backline and the early goal was enough to keep them at the top of the table.
Second-placed APOEL had few problems against Ethnikos Achnas despite missing six regulars through injury and suspensions. First-half goals from Gustavo Manduca and Santin settled the game with the defending champions producing one of their best displays (especially in the first half) in a very long time.
Apollonas had to wait until the 70th minute to break the deadlock against Nea Salamina through Lopes. Garcia grabbed the second with defender Karypidis scoring the third in the final minute.
Omonia took the lead against Ermis Aradippou fifteen minutes before the end through Skembri but their lead lasted just three minutes as their entire defence went missing to allow Manu to equalise from close range.