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Apoel shake off slow start to hammer Kazakhs

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Nicosia giants Apoel leave Kazakhstan with a 4-1 win in Europa League qualifying

Apoel hammered Kaysar Kyzylorda 4-1 in the Europa League on Thursday, in rainy Kazakhstan, progressing to the third qualifying round of UEFA’s second-tier competition.

Kaisar stunned the Nicosia giants with a goal from Lobjanidze as early as the sixth minute. A strong shot from distance was saved by goalkeeper Silva but the ball fell to Lobjanidze who finished on the rebound without much difficulty.

Apoel equalised shortly after in the 15th minute with a goal from De Vicenti. A lobbed pass from Zahid found Nsue in space inside the box on the right side, and he passed to the Argentine for the close-range finish.

Kaysar’s overly deep and narrow shape allowed Apoel to approach the penalty area, with most space being found down the flanks, but Zahid’s inspired pass to Nsue was necessary to finally unlock the Kazakhs’ defence.

Despite Kaysar taking the lead early in the game they failed to pose any kind of threat to Apoel in the first 20 minutes.

Apoel continued to threaten Kaysar and managed to grab their second goal in the 25th minute. Anuar’s first goal for Apoel couldn’t have been more important. The Moroccan unleashed a fierce shot from outside the penalty area which gave little chance to goalkeeper Zarutskiy.

Apoel added a third within the first few minutes of the second half, making it 1-3 in the 48th minute. Zahid again picked out Nsue on the narrow overlap, who squared it to Omer Atzili for the easy tap-in.

Apoel continued to pressure the Khazacks, coming close to a fourth goal in the 70th minute. Ndongala side-footed the ball outside the area, sending it towards the keeper’s top right-hand corner. Zarutskiy managed to reach it, however, tipping it over the bar for a corner.

Apoel’s most recent signing Atdhe Nuhiu made his debut, with the Kosovan forward coming on in the 85th minute.

Kaysar’s best second half chance came in the 89th minute when Kolev’s header from the edge of the nine-yard box went wide.

Apoel finished the game off in style, scoring a fourth through De Vincenti in the fourth minute of added time after a succession of chances allowed the Argentine to calmly slot the ball into the net from inside the penalty area.

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