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Apollon suffer heavy loss to PSV Eindhoven

Apollon have a a mountain to climb after losing 3-0 in Eindhoven

Apollon suffered a heavy defeat in the first leg of their Europa League qualifying playoff as they lost 3-0 to PSV Eindhoven at the Philips Stadium.

After a barren opening 45 minutes the game suddenly sprung to life in the 47th minute after PSV took advantage of a wayward Gianniotas pass with Mohammed Ihattaren at the end of a sweeping move to open the score from close range.

Nine minutes later Cody Gakpo beat Apollon’s goalkeeper Moll with a beautiful strike from the edge of the box with Denzel Dumfries prodding the ball into an empty net for the third five minutes later after Moll had misjudged a cross.

Ten minutes from time Fotis Papoulis missed a great chance to pull a goal back but was denied by PSV goalkeeper Zoet.

The return leg is in a week’s time in Nicosia.

Thursday’s Europa League results:

Astana (2) 3 BATE (0) 0
Ararat-Armenia (1) 2 F91 Dudelange (0) 1
Sūduva (0) 0 Ferencváros (0) 0
Malmö FF (2) 3 Bnei Yehuda (0) 0
Ludogorets (0) 0 Maribor (0) 0
Feyenoord (1) 3 Hapoel Be’er Sheva (0) 0
København (1) 3 Riga (1) 1
AEK Athens (1) 1 Trabzonspor (2) 3
Legia Warszawa (0) 0 Rangers (0) 0
Strasbourg (1) 1 Eintracht Frankfurt (0) 0
AZ (0) 1 Antwerp (1) 1
Gent (0) 2 Rijeka (1) 1
PSV (0) 3 Apollon (0) 0
FCSB (0) 0 Vitória Guimarães (0) 0
Celtic (0) 2 AIK (0) 0
Linfield (2) 3 Qarabağ (1) 2
Sporting Braga (0) 1 Spartak Moskva (0) 0
Torino (0) 2 Wolves (1) 3
Espanyol (0) 3 Zorya (1) 1
Partizan (1) 2 Molde (1) 1
Slovan Bratislava (0) 1 PAOK (0) 0
() score at half-time

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