By Andreas Vou
Ermis Aradippou have been knocked out of the Europa League following a 0-2 defeat (0-3 aggregate) at the hands of BSC Young Boys at the Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium on Thursday night.
Their excellent campaign last season, in which they finished fourth in the league and came runners-up in the cup final, earned them their first ever qualification to a European competition.
However, Nicos Panayiotou’s side were unable to reverse the 1-0 deficit from the first-leg of the third qualifying round in Switzerland, losing comfortably to a far more experienced team in Cyprus to put an end to their debut campaign on the continent.
A 36th minute header from Young Boys midfielder Renato Steffen meant Ermis had to score three goals to be in with a chance of progressing. Any slim hope of a comeback however was further reduced when Paulinho was sent off early in the second half.
Young Boys capitalised on their numerical advantage and made it 0-2 through Michael Frey who sealed the tie just past the hour mark.
Omonia, on the other hand, defeated Metalurg 0-1 away from home to add to their 3-0 lead from the first-leg. A solitary goal from Nuno Assis capped off a comfortable tie and the Nicosia club will join Apollon and AEL in Friday’s draw for the play-off round.