AEL missed the chance to join AEK at the top of the table when they could only draw 2-2 in Achna against Ethnikos.
But things could have been even worse for the Limassol side as they fought back from 2-0 down, with Lucas Souza hitting an 88th minute equaliser to grab a point.
AEL join champions Apoel in second-place on 37 points, two behind leaders AEK.
In the final match before the Christmas break, Anorthosis beat Aris 2-0, with Esmael Goncalves
scoring both goals.