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AEK Larnaca thrashes Apollon, keeps pressure on APOEL

AEK players celebrate

AEK Larnaca produced a dazzling display to thrash Apollon by six goals to one and keep up the pressure on APOEL who defeated Ayia Napa on Saturday. Enosis lost again, this time to Omonia, and they need something short of a miracle to avoid automatic relegation.

AEK made light work of their supposedly difficult game against third placed Apollon as they tore apart Pedro Emmanuel’s outfit with incisive and clinical attacks. Credit to AEK’s coach Christiansen whose plan to concede space and hit their opponents on the break worked to perfection against the cumbersome Apollon backline.

AEK raced into a three goal lead inside the first thirty minutes and by the end of the half they added two more in six attempts on goal.

Tetey, Alves Triscovski, Larena and a Freire own goal gave the Larnaca team an unassailable half time lead. Pedro had temporarily reduced the deficit just after the half hour.

The second half was a formality even though the Limassol team tried to restore some of its battered pride but they conceded a sixth towards the end of the game.

APOEL had few problems against Ayia Napa as they defeated the already relegated team by three goals to nil. Efraim opened the score early in the game with Vander and Aloneftis completing the score.

It looks more than likely that the second team to join Ayia Napa into the second division is Enosis who were overpowered by a much better Omonia by four goals to one.

The Paralimni team were given an execution of stay after the other relegation candidate Ethnikos failed to get anything out of their game against a resurgent AEL.

A 69th minute goal by AEL’s Piech was enough to propel the Limassol team into seventh place, just a point behind the coveted sixth place currently held by Nea Salamina.

Nea Salamina were unable to defeat Doxa,  with both sides firing blanks and will now need to produce a result against Ethnikos in the last game of the regular season to make sure of finishing in the top tier.

Paphos FC took a giant leap towards first division survival as they defeated fellow strugglers Ermis by two goals to nil.

Both goals came late in the game with Gonzales putting though his own net with ten minutes to go while Ogoyie got the second deep into injury time.

In the final game of the weekend Aris and Anorthosis played out a goalless draw with the Famagusta team’s championship hopes fading fast as they now trail ten points from the top.

Highlights of the weekend’s action:

Enosis vs Omonia 1-4

Paphos FC vs Ermis 2-0

APOEL vs Ayia Napa 3-0

Aris vs Anorthosis 0-0

Nea Salamina vs Doxa 0-0

AEL vs Ethnikos 1-0

AEK vs Apollon 6-1

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