Apoel moved one step closer to winning the league for the seventh consecutive season after a comprehensive 3-0 victory over AEL on Saturday, which coupled with Apollon’s unexpected draw with Nea Salamina saw them move four points clear at the top with just five games remaining.
AEK defeated Omonia and leapfrogged AEL into third place while in the relegation scrap Alki scored a huge win over Enosis.
Apoel made light work of their fourth and final visit of the season to Limassol defeating AEL 3-0 and maintaining their perfect record from their four visits to the Tsireion stadium this season.
The champions began the game in explosive fashion, pressing their opponents high up the field and forcing them into a number of mistakes. From one of them Apoel took the lead in the 13th minute. Nuno Morais took advantage of a poor clearance from goalkeeper Vozinhia and found the back of the net from outside the area with the goalkeeper caught in noman’s land.
AEL tried to fight back but despite their possession they failed to carve out a single goal scoring opportunity. Apoel were dangerous on the break and Beziak should have doubled the score late on in the half but on the stroke of halftime Apoel managed to double the score through defender Nicolas Ioannou who tapped the ball into an empty net after Vozinia had fumbled Al Taamari’s long range effort.
AEL began the second half in search of a goal that would put them back in the game, thinking they had done so in the 53rd minute but Jurado’s header was incorrectly disallowed for offside.
After the hour mark Apoel regained control of the game and managed to add a third in added time with Stathis Aloneftis rounding off a fine move to add some gloss to the scoreline.
Apollon’s season seems to be imploding as for the fourth consecutive game they were unable to win, drawing 1-1 with Nea Salamina.
Nea Salamina opened the score in the 11th minute through Thiago but Yuste equalised for Apollon just before the half hour mark.
In the second half Apollon pushed forward in search of the winner but Salamina’s backline expertly marshalled by Roman Golobart kept them at bay.
As the game wore on huge gaps appeared in Apollon’s rearguard and in the final 15 minutes Salamina missed three great chances to take all three points.
Apollon’s coach Sofronis Avgousti was clearly distraught at the end of the game and quite openly claimed that his team has no ‘friends’ and they have to toil for every point they win.
In an entertaining game, the first half saw both Omonia and AEK find a number of chances to open the score but poor finishing and good saves by both goalkeepers kept it goalless.
The second half was a repeat of the first with both sides pushing forward in search of a goal but failing to find the target.
AEK eventually managed to break the deadlock through the league’s top scorer Ivan Triscovski in the 78th minute.
In the final minute of the game Apostolos Giannou added a second after a poor defensive error by the Omonia backline.
Alki defeated Enosis by 2-0 and pulled two points clear of their opponents in the relegation battle.
It seems that these two teams will fight the relegation battle out till the end as to which will join the already relegated Ermis Aradippou.
Alki took the lead in the 7th minute through a Carlos penalty with Elia adding a second five minutes from the end.
Enosis had to play most of the game with ten players after their defender Angeli was sent off in the penalty incident.
Pafos FC eased their relegation worries with a convincing 4-1 win against Ermis Aradippou and moved four points clear of relegation.
Pafos FC raced into a two-goal lead inside the opening 20 minutes with goals from Rakels and Angulo.
Cools and Nemec added two more after the break with Mantovanis scoring Ermis’ consolation goal right at the end.
Doxa Katokopias and Anorthosis played out an entertaining 3-3 draw in Nicosia.
Doxa led at halftime by 3-1 but Anorthosis rallied back in the second half with two goals by Victor and Buff.
Duris had given Anorthosis the lead in the 5th minute but Doxa fought back through Batin, Carlos and Zatl.