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Apoel continue march towards seventh straight title

Champions Apoel beat Nea Salamina 4-0 to maintain their four-point advantage over nearest rival Apollon who defeated Omonia 2-0

Leaders Apoel continued their march towards their seventh consecutive title with a resounding 4-0 defeat of Nea Salamina to maintain their four-point advantage over nearest rival Apollon, who defeated Omonia 2-0.

Four points is also the difference between AEK and AEL in third and fourth place respectively following AEK’s impressive 3-2 defeat of AEL on Sunday.

Things are beginning to clear up in the relegation scrap with Enosis Neon Paralimni and Alki the two teams that are set to battle it out to avoid the second relegation spot.

Apoel’s last league win at the GSP stadium was three months ago against Anorthosis and, funnily enough, it was by the same scoreline that they defeated Nea Salamina over the weekend – 4-0.

A brace by Antonio Jacolis and one each by Mousa Al Taamari and Nuno Morais gave the champions the three points in a game they controlled from start to finish.

Apollon also had an easy afternoon 24 hours later as they overcame a lacklustre Omonia 2-0.

The Limassol side scored one in each half through Zelaya and rookie Cypriot striker Psychas with Omonia coming to life only when they had gone two down.

AEK’s revival under Imanol Idiakez continued with a 3-2 over AEL in a highly-entertaining game at the Tsirion stadium.

AEK led twice through Ivan Triscovski and Truyols only for Fidelis and Lafrance to bring the game level but 10 minutes from time Catala headed in AEK’s winner with AEL’s goalkeeper clearly at fault.

A goal in the final minute of added time from Aleksandr Dovbnia gave Pafos FC the three points in a thrilling 3-2 away win over Alki.

Alki had led through a 12th-minute goal by Carlos and seemed to be heading for the win but two late strikes by Rasic and Nemec turned the game on its head.

Alki thought that they had salvaged a point when Acosta found the net in the 85th minute but Dovbnia had other ideas with a goal right at the end.

Doxa Katokopias twice came back from behind to deny Enosis the win in a game that could have gone either way in the end.
Riera and Pittas the scorers for Enosis while Doxa replied through Carlos and Batin.
Enosis played for almost an hour with 10 players after Habardjumyan was sent off with a straight red.

Anorthosis beat Ermis 3-2 in the final game of the round on Monday night.