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Big game in Cyprus ends in stalemate, AEK flying high

Anorthosis' 100 per cent start to the new season came to an end after they were held by Omonia in Nicosia

By Andreas Vou

IT was billed as Week 4’s big game in the Cyprus first division but Omonia and Anorthosis played out a goalless draw at the GSP Stadium, while AEK’s narrow away win over Aris sees the Larnaca club join them at the top of the table.

After three wins from their opening three games, Anorthosis had the chance to further extend their lead at the head of the standings but faced a solid Omonia side who managed to put an end to their 100 per cent start to the campaign.

Omonia were keen to make amends after two poor showings in their previous league games which brought a defeat to Ethnikos Achna and a draw against Doxa.
Costas Kaiafas’ men were far more positive from the offset and came the closer of the two to grabbing all three points.

Midfielder Luciano Bebe was left ruing the fact that his side were not rewarded with a goal after creating the best chances to earn a much needed win.
“We didn’t score and it was the only thing missing from our performance. It was a good game and Anorthosis have a very good team. We will continue to try to improve and work on our mistakes so that we can earn some good results in the next games and start to chase the title,” said the Portuguese player.

The result handed AEK the chance to go level at the top of the table on Sunday when they travelled to Limassol to take on Aris, one that Thomas Christiansen’s side would not let slip.

With a starting eleven which featured seven Spaniards, it was no surprise that AEK dominated possession for the majority of the game, though clear-cut chances were few and far between. When one did arrive, however, AEK made sure to capitalise as Polish full-back Adam Marciniak nipped in to score just before half-time which was enough to give AEK all three points.

Elsewhere, Ethnikos (2-0) and AEL (1-0) picked up home wins against Ayia Napa and Ermis respectively on Saturday after both had lost on their previous outings.

And on Sunday, there were another two home wins as Enosis beat Paphos 2-1 and Salamina pulled off an impressive 2-0 win over Apollon which is certain to put pressure on new manager Pedro Emanuel.

APOEL were in action on Monday night. A Fernando Cavenaghi penalty after only 13 minutes was enough to give the defending champions all three points away at Doxa.

The Nicosia giants now join Anorthosis and AEK at the top of the table on 10 points each, with APOEL ahead courtesy of their superior goal difference.

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