AEK continued their impressive perfect start to the season with a 5-2 thrashing of newcomers AEZ Zakakiou while AEL overcame a dogged Aris to claim the weekend’s Limassol derby.
Karmiotissa moved into seventh place following their win over Doxa, with Apollon hitting four past Anagennisi Dherynia easing, at least for now, the pressure off their coach Pedro Emmanuel.
In the other two weekend games, Omonia and Anorthosis must be ruing their luck as they failed to pick up the three points against Nea Salamina and Ermis Aradippou respectively, despite being the much better teams on the day.
The game at the Antonis Papadopoulos stadium between Anorthosis and Ermis was a pulsating affair with the home side taking a two-goal lead inside the first 30 minutes and looking as if they would be cruising to their first home win of the season.
However, a host of missed chances and some rather debatable refereeing decisions allowed the visitors to come back from the two-goal deficit and snatch a point in the final minute of the game.
In the 22nd minute Anorthosis’ striker Goncalves gave his team the lead from the penalty spot with his first of the season while three minutes later Cabrera doubled the score with a fine volley.
Anorthosis continued to press forward in search of a third goal that would have killed off the game but their strikers were unable to find the target with Spaniard Colunga the main culprit.
Ermis should have been playing with ten after just 30 minutes but referee Dimitriou somehow got it wrong and booked Martinos Christophi instead of Penga (who was already on a yellow).
They received a second stroke of good fortune in the 72nd minute when Dimitriou pointed to the penalty spot after Hoy went down rather easily after a challenge from young defender Nicolaou. Alba converted to reduce the deficit.
Anorthosis carried on squandering chances and were made to pay for their profligacy when da Silva headed into the net in the final minute of the game to salvage a point for Ermis.
AEL were worthy winners in their game against city rivals Aris even though the final score of 3-0 was somewhat flattering.
AEL coach Pambos Christodoulou admitted this after the game when he said that “we deserved the win, but the scoreline does not paint a true picture of the game.”
AEL took the lead through Lafrance on the stroke of half-time but had to wait until the 84th minute to make sure of the points when Soares doubled the score, and then in the final minute Savane bagged the third.
A brace by Andre Alves and Ivan Trickovski against AEZ made sure that AEK remain top of the league for yet another week after an eighth straight win, with Acoran getting on the scoresheet as well.
Omonia produced their best performance so far under coach John Carver but it was not enough to collect the three points against Nea Salamina as a Tziambouris wonder strike cancelled out Matt Derbyshire’s opening goal.
Karmiotissa continued their impressive maiden season in the top division with a 1-0 win over Doxa. Ordos got the only goal of the game which saw them climb into seventh place.
In the final weekend game, Apollon hit four past hapless Anagennisi Dheryneia with Guie, Maglica, Papoulis and Vinicius getting on the scoresheet.
Apoel completed Round 8 on Monday night with a 2-0 win over Ethnikos Achnas at the GSP stadium. The champions are in second-place in the table, two points behind AEK.
(Highlights courtesy of the Cyprus Football Association)