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AEK maintain 100% record, pressure grows on Omonia

AEK beat Nea Salamina for their sixth straight win

AEK continued their impressive start to the season with their sixth straight win, this time against Nea Salamina, with Apoel keeping up the pressure in second place after overcoming Doxa Katokopias.

Apollon won the weekend’s big game against Omonia. while Anorthosis and AEL had to settle for a point each on Saturday.

Reyes Acoran put an end to a 15-year negative record for AEK, as he scored the only goal of the game to give his team the long-awaited three points.

It was a game that the leaders hardly deserved to win as Nea Salamina run them rugged for most of the 90 minutes. Their coach Imanol Idiakez said after the match that “we came up against a very good side but we were fortunate to score and win the game.”

Nea Salamina’s new coach Staikos Vergetis was clearly disappointed with the result but delighted with the way his players outplayed their opponents. “We can lose a game but at least my players fought till the very end,” he said.

Apollon put an end to a poor run with an important 2-1 win over hapless Omonia who can feel aggrieved by the result as they should have left Limassol with at least a point.

Apollon raced into a two goal lead in the opening 30 minutes thanks to goals from Abraham Guie and an Alex da Silva penalty.

Omonia pulled one back through Katelaris in the 62nd minute and despite pegging Apollon back they could not find a way past Apollon keeper Vale for the equaliser.

The game had to be stopped three times by referee Skapoullis as flares were thrown onto the pitch (almost exclusively by the visiting fans), something that will probably land Omonia in trouble with the Cyprus Football Association.

Apoel had to work hard for their win against a well-organised Doxa side that managed to keep the champions at bay for 83 minutes.

The breakthrough came when a careless Fofana pass allowed Apoel’s Efraim through on goal and he fired past keeper Negri. Giannis Gianniotas got the second six minutes later as he met Aloneftis’ corner on the volley and smashed it past Doxa’s keeper for a second time.

First division rookies Karmiotissa moved out of the relegation zone after an impressive 3-0 win over high-flying Ermis Aradippou.

Vattis gave the home side the lead inside the first 30 minutes with Adamovic and Taralides hitting two more after the break.

AEL dominated the game against Anorthosis on Saturday but were let down by their poor finishing. They even had the chance to take the lead as early as the 14th minute but striker Carlos Wellington was unable to beat Koprivec from the penalty spot.

As the game wore on, AEL began to tire and were lucky when their captain Dossa Junior managed to block Reyna’s goalbound effort in the final minute.

Ethnikos Achnas and Anagennisi Dheryneia were involved in the highest scoring game of the round, in a 5-3 win for Ethinkos.

Aris 0-0 Zakaki
Ethnikos Achnas 5-3 Anagennisi
Anorthosis 0-0 AEL
Karmiotissa 3-0 Ermis
Apollon 2-1 Omonia
Apoel 2-0 Doxa
Nea Salamina 0-1 AEK

(Highlights courtesy of the Cyprus Football Association)

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