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Cyprus’ long winless streak continues with defeat to Greece


Cyprus were beaten 2-1 by Greece in an international friendly at the Giorgios Kamaras stadium in Rizoupoli Athens on Wednesday afternoon, extending their winless run to over a year.

The visitors got off to a terrible start, conceding twice in the opening 20 minutes
Greece opened the score in the 8th minute after Cyprus goalkeeper Demetris Demetriou could only parry Giorgos Giakoumakis’ goalbound effort into the path of Christos Tzolis, who made no mistake from close range.

Giakoumakis doubled the score ten minutes later after he shrugged off the challenges of a couple of Cypriot defenders to beat Demetriou on his debut for Greece.

Cyprus were very poor and had to wait until the last minute of the half to record a half-decent chance with Ioannis Pittas’ cross headed away to safety by Charalambos Mavrias.

Cyprus did improve after the restart and began to string a few passes together. They managed to pull a goal back just before the hour mark after Marios Elia intercepted Minas Antoniou’s shot and calmly slotted the ball past Greek goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas.

However Greece remained much the better side with Demetriou denying Greece a third goal on a number of occasions while the crossbar came to his rescue when Dimitris Kourbellis’ header eluded him.

The Cyprus national team now have two Nations League fixtures in the next week. They take on Luxembourg in Nicosia on Saturday before taking on Montenegro away on Tuesday.

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