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Apollon move clear at the top after easy derby win

Two goal hero for Apollon, Valentin Roberge

Apollon moved three points clear of Apoel after defeating their arch rivals AEL in what eventually turned out to be a one sided affair by 3-0.

From the outset it was Apollon who fired the first warning shots and it did not take them long to take advantage of their superiority with Esteban Sachetti giving them the lead after 22 minutes.

Apollon continued to be the better side and doubled their lead on the stroke of halftime through their defender Roberge who headed past AEL’s goalkeeper Prozek following a Pedro corner.

The same player added a third tweleve minutes from the end to dispel any lingering doubts as to which team would pick up the three points.

Apollon have won both their playoff games so far without conceding while AEL have yet to pick up a point or find the back of the net.

The second top group game between Omonia and Nea Salamina ended in a goalless draw with Salamina’s goalkeeper Vezelofski being the man of the match with some outstanding saves.

Omonia finished the game with ten players after defender Lukas Vyndra was sent off for two bookable offences in the final minute of the game.

In Saturday’s relegation group game Doxa Katokopias and Pafos FC shared the spoils in yet another goalless draw.

Few clear cut chances were created with both managers agreeing at the end of the game that the result was a fair one.

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