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AEL reclaim top spot in Cyprus championship

AEL beat Ermis 3-2 in a thrilling game on Monday night

AEL moved back to the top of the table in the Cyprus championship on Monday night after a thrilling 3-2 win over Ermis in Limassol.

Over the weekend, champions Apoel had gone top for the first time this season following their convincing 4-0 defeat of Nea Salamina.

They are followed closely by Apollon who overcame Enosis in Paralimni.

Lowly Pafos FC stunned high-flying AEK while Omonia and Anorthosis overcame Alki and Doxa Katokopias respectively and continued their revivals under new coaches.

After putting five past Apollon last week it was the turn of Nea Salamina to suffer at the hands of a rejuvenated Apoel under new coach Paolo Tramezzani.

In a frantic opening 10 minutes either side could have taken the lead but first Apoel’s goalkeeper Waterman beat away Kingsley’s goalbound header and minutes later Al Tamari fluffed his shot wide when clean through on the Nea Salamina goal.

From there on Apoel took control of the game limiting Nea Salamina to a few but dangerous counter-attacks.

Apoel opened the scoring on the half hour through their captain Nuno Morais who beat goalkeeper Vezelofski from the penalty spot while eight minutes later Mintikkis put through his own net after trying to intercept Kazou’s dangerous cross.

The Nicosia team spurned a number of chances to increase their lead and had to wait till the last 10 minutes of the game before Nsoue and de Vincenti got on the scoresheet.

Despite being without seven players, Apollon managed to overcome Enosis 2-0 thanks to early goals by Skembri and Facundo Perreira.
The bad news for the Limassol team is that they lost their tough-tackling Argentinian Esteban Sachetti through injury for a month.

Anorthosis were the better team and managed to defeat Doxa Katokopias by 3-1 despite going a goal down.
Their summer signing Nika Kacharava was the star, winning the penalty that Danijel Pranjić converted to bring the game level and scoring his team’s third goal.

Anorthosis’ other goal was scored by Vincent Bessat while top scorer Sadik had given Doxa an early lead.

Pafos FC took the three points against AEK thanks to a highly controversial goal by Nemec on the stroke of half-time.
Nemec was clearly in an offside position when he nudged the ball past AEK’s goalkeeper Tonio with the assistants flag stayed down.

There were more refereeing errors in Larnaca where Omonia were awarded a penalty after an Alki player was adjudged to have handled the ball. Not only did the Alki player not handle the ball but more importantly he was at least a foot outside the penalty area.

Gomez converted the penalty to add to his first half goal that gave Omonia a rather undeserved 2-0 and leaving Alki rooted at the foot of the table.


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