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Cyprus football championship concluded on Sunday with the games of match day 10 of the play off.

The Nicosia team clinched its fifth consecutive championship title

 

The champion team of APOEL drew 2-2 with Apollon at GSP Stadium in Nicosia.

The team of Nicosia clinched its fifth consecutive championship title and 26th in its history and will take part in next year`s UEFA Champions League.Runner up AEK of Larnaca beat at Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium Anorthosis with 1-0.

APOEL will represent Cyprus in next season`s Champions League qualifying games. On the other hand, AEK, Apollon and AEL will participate in Europa League’s qualifications.

As regards the second group of the play off, Karmiotissa was downgraded, and the team moves to the second division.

The results of match day 10: APOEL-Apollon 1-1, Anorthosis-AEK 0-1, AEL-Omonia 3-2, Ermis-Ethnicos 3-4, Doxa-Nea Salamina 0-3, Karmiotissa-Aris 5-1.

Final Standings:
Group A: APOEL 80, AEK 76, Apollon 73, AEL 66, Omonia 57, Anorthosis 47
Group B: Nea Salamina 45, Ethnicos 43, Ermis 42, Aris 41, Doxa 37, Karmiotissa 37.


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AEK and PAOK have advanced to the Greek Cup final after seeing off Olympiakos and Panathinaikos respectively in quite turbulent circumstances this week. The two teams that trace their origins in Constantinople will meet in a Cup final after 34 years.

AEK and PAOK have advanced to the Greek Cup final after seeing off Olympiakos and Panathinaikos

AEK managed to defend its 2-1 lead from the first leg in Piraeus losing 1-0 at home on Wednesday but eliminating Olympiakos on the away goals rule.

The Reds were dominant almost throughout the second leg at the Olympic Stadium but only found a way through eight minutes from the end with Alaixys Romao. This set the game on fire in the last few minutes, with Oscar Cardozo missing a huge chance to send Olympiakos to the final as his header hit the upright on the 90th minute.

Playing in front of some 40,000 fans, AEK saw its goalkeeper Yiannis Anestis get sent off in injury time, and the completion of its substitutions meant that striker Hugo Almeida was forced to put the gloves on and become an emergency keeper for the last couple of minutes of the game. Olympiakos’s Manuel da Costa also got ejected for a second bookable offense right at the end.

The Reds protested loudly against the referee for his calls, and their sports director Francois Modesto threatened one of the match’s officials.

In Thessaloniki on Thursday PAOK overturned its 2-0 loss from the first leg in Athens triumphing 4-0 in a match where it had everything going its way, including luck and a number of referee decisions.

Panathinaikos was the better team in the first half and missed at least five major chances (mainly via Viktor Klonaridis) to silence the Toumba Stadium, but it was PAOK that led 1-0 at half-time courtesy of a marvelous free-kick on the 14th minute.

The second half was all PAOK, with three goals coming from Leo Matos, Evgen Shakhov and Aleksandar Prijovic, while the Greens were reduced to 10 men on the 70th minute (with the score at 2-0) due to a (harsh) second yellow card shown to Niklas Hult.

The match was interrupted for three minutes in the first half as a flare thrown from the stands breezed past Panathinaikos’s Lucas Villafanes.

The Cup final will take place on Saturday May 6, probably in Larissa.


Article written by Kathemerini

APOEL achieved a great victory over Omonia in the derby of Nicosia, and in combination with the results of the other two games of the Group A of the Cyprus League, the team from Nicosia extended its lead from Apollon and AEK.

APOEL has extended its lead from Apollon and AEK

The results of match day 4 of the second phase of the championship are as follows:

Group A: APOEL-Omonia 1-0, Anorthosis – Apollon 3-1, AEL-AEK 2-1.
Standings: APOEL 71, Apollon 64, AEK 62, AEL 58, Omonia 54, Anorthosis 42.

Group B: Doxa-Ethnicos 3-3, Karmiotissa-Nea Salamina 2-0, Ermis-Aris 2-1.

Doxa-Karmiotissa 3-0, Aris – Ethnicos Achnas 0-1, Nea Salamina-Ermis 19:00.
Standings: Ermis 41, Nea Salamina 37, Ethnikos 34, Karmiotissa 33, Aris 30, Doxa 27.


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AEK of Larnaca and Apollon of Limassol achieved great victories over APOEL and Omonia respectively for match day 3 of the second phase of the Cyprus league.

 

AEK of Larnaca and Apollon of Limassol achieved great victories over APOEL and Omonia respectively

The results of match day 3 of the second phase of the championship are as follows:

Group A`: AEK-APOEL 2-1, Omonia-Apollon 0-2, Anorthosis – AEL 0-1.
Standings: APOEL 68, Apollon 64, AEK 62, AEL 55, Omonia 54, Anorthosis 39.

Group B`: Doxa-Karmiotissa 3-0, Aris – Ethnicos Achnas 0-1, Nea Salamina-Ermis ¾ 19:00.
Standings: Ermis 38, Nea Salamina 34, Ethnikos Ahnas 33, Karmiotissa 30, Aris 30, Doxa 26.


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Cyprus league leader APOEL achieved a great victory on Saturday over Omonia with 2-1 in the framework of match day 26, and last of the first phase of the championship, and remained in the first place of the standings. The second phase begins next weekend.

Apoel beat Omonia 2-1

Cyprus league leader APOEL achieved a great victory on Saturday over Omonia with 2-1 in the framework of match day 26, and last of the first phase of the championship, and remained in the first place of the standings. The second phase begins next weekend.

The results of match day 26, and last of the first phase of the championship are as follows: APOEL-Omonia 2-1, AEZ-Doxa 0-4, Nea Salamina-Karmiotissa 1-3, Aris-Ethnicos 3-1, Anorthosis-Apollon 0-0, AEL-Ermis 1-2, AEK-Anagennisis 6-0.

Standings: APOEL 62, AEK 58, Apollonas 57, AEL 51, Omonia 50, Anorthosis 39, Ermis 35, Nea Salamina 31, Ethnikos Ahnas 30, Karmiotissa 27, Aris 24, Doxa Katokotopias 20, AEZ Zakakiou 11 and Anayennisis 7.
The results of match day 26, and last of the first phase of the championship are as follows: APOEL-Omonia 2-1, AEZ-Doxa 0-4, Nea Salamina-Karmiotissa 1-3, Aris-Ethnicos 3-1, Anorthosis-Apollon 0-0, AEL-Ermis 1-2, AEK-Anagennisis 6-0.

Standings: APOEL 62, AEK 58, Apollonas 57, AEL 51, Omonia 50, Anorthosis 39, Ermis 35, Nea Salamina 31, Ethnikos Ahnas 30, Karmiotissa 27, Aris 24, Doxa Katokotopias 20, AEZ Zakakiou 11 and Anayennisis 7.


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AEK and AEL continued their march in the Cyprus football championship with narrow wins over Ethnikos Achnas and Doxa Katokopias while Apoel’s stay at the top lasted just a week as they dropped two points at Ermis.

AEK and AEL continued their march in the Cyprus football championship with narrow wins over Ethnikos Achnas and Doxa Katokopias

Omonia had an easy afternoon against bottom club Anagennisi Dheryneias as they thumped them 5-1.

For the third consecutive game AEK failed to impress but at least this time they managed to pick up the three points.
They had their keeper Ninio to thank as in the dying minutes he pulled off a double save first to thwart Kyprianou and then Papageorgiou.

AEK were the better team but could not take advantage of the chances they created. They managed to take the three points thanks to a rather soft penalty awarded to them just after the hour mark that Ivan Triscovski dispatched with aplomb.

AEL also had to rely on the heroics of their keeper Romo to pick up the three points.
In the last minute of added time Romo flung himself to his right to beat away Aurelio’s spot kick.
The Limassol team bossed possession and missed a number of chances to win the game, but as with AEK they were awarded a rather soft penalty 13 minutes from the end that Mikel Arruabarrena converted.

Another keeper stole the limelight in the third game featuring the teams at the top, though this time it was Ermis keeper Nuredinowski who saved the day for his team.
Nuredinoski produced a string of outstanding saves to keep Apoel’s strikers at bay and when he was beaten he had the woodwork or the outstretched legs of his defenders to thank for.

Apoel completely outplayed their opponents counting 26 attempts on goal as opposed to just two from Ermis but Apoel’s Brazilian ace Vander was philosophical at the end saying: Wwe tried, but the ball would just not go in, this is football.”

Ermis took the lead in the ninth minute when top scorer Masinua raced through on goal and lobbed the ball over Apoel keeper Boy Waterman who was stranded in no-man’s land.

Apoel salvaged a point thanks to Daniel Bertoglio who headed past Nuredinofski 12 minutes from the end.

Two own goals put Omonia in the driving seat early on in the game against Dheryneia with Matt Derbyshire grabbing a brace and Clayton finishing off the rout in the final ten minutes.
With the two goals, Derbyshire has now reached his personal best of 11 goals in a season with 21 games still remaining.
Anagennisis’ consolation goal was scored by Furtado four minutes from the end.

 


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Olympiakos came from behind to beat Panetolikos at home and increase its lead at the top of the Super League table to nine points on Sunday, as Panathinaikos drew at Larissa and was joined by Xanthi at the second spot.

Olympiakos came from behind to beat Panetolikos at home and increase its lead at the top of the Super League

Panetolikos led early in the second half in Piraeus through Giorgos Koussas, but Olympiakos eventually won 3-1 after goals from Seba, Oscar Cardozo and Diogo Figueiras. “We have won, but we did not play well,” admitted Olympiakos manager Paulo Bento.

Panathinaikos shared a goalless draw with host Larissa in an ill-tempered game where the Greens’ captain, Zeca was sent off.

Notably Larissa had the message “The children of the refugees are our children” on the players’ jerseys despite the Super League’s refusal to allow it, considering it a political message. However the General Secretary for Sport, Ioulios Synadinos voice his support for Larissa’s move and went to the AEL FC Arena to attend the game.

Xanthi has now collected 22 points from 12 games, after thrashing Veria 4-0 away on Saturday, staking a claim for a play-off position.

Panionios has risen to fourth, one point behind Xanthi and Panathinaikos through its 4-1 triumph at Levadiakos.

PAOK was even more emphatic, dismantling host Kerkyra 5-0, but is a distant 14 points from the top.

In other weekend games Platanias downed Atromitos 3-0 and Iraklis drew 1-1 with Asteras Tripolis.

On Monday AEK greets PAS Giannina.


Article written by ekathemerini.

AEL of Limassol achieved a great victory on Saturday over Omonia of Nicosia and the League`s leader AEK beat Ermis and remained at the top of the standings. In the framework of match day 12, APOEL faces on Monday at 19:00 Apollon of Limassol in GSP Stadium.

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The results of match day 12 are as follow: AEZ-Anagennisi 1-1, Aris-Doxa 4-0, Anorthosis-Karmiotissa 1-0, Nea Salamina-Ethnikos Achnas 1-0, AEL-Omonia 1-0, AEK-Ermis 1-0.

Standings: AEK 31, AEL 27, APOEL 26, Omonia 24, Apollon 22, Ermis 19, Nea Salamina 16, Karmiotissa 14, Anorthosis 14, Ethnikos Achnas 8, Aris 10, AEZ 8, Doxa 6, Anagennisi 2.


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The Cyprus national football squad have joined the Movember movement whose aim is to raise awareness about prostate cancer. The Cypriot players are responding to a call by the Cyprus Football Association and are delighted to give their wholesome support to an incredibly vital cause. By this very generous initiative, they are helping to enlighten others about the disease which affects a large percentage of the male population.

Movember — a portmanteau of moustache and November; also known as No-Shave November —  is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches and beards during the month of November to raise awareness of various cancers, such as prostate.

The Cypriot players sported a fake moustache...

The Cypriot players sported a fake moustache…

The Cyprus team took part during the training session ahead of the Gibraltar game, their last 2018 World Cup qualifying match this year.

The players sported a fake moustache, conscious how important it was to show their supporting in this island-wide concept, being backed by the official sponsors KEO.

To top it all, Cyprus beating Gibraltar 3-1 only a few days later, a win to earn them their first three points in Group H qualifying.

The Cypriot players Konstantinos Laidis, Pieros Sotiriou and Valentinos Sielis all scored a goal; well done to the boys for the football and setting above all, a very fine example. To helping absolutely the very worthy cause behind Movember campaign throughout the month of November.


Article written by Tony Neophytou

Olympiakos sealed its place in the last 32 of the Europa League and PAOK is close to joining the Reds after scoring an impressive win at Fiorentina on Thursday, while Panathinaikos crashed out as it lost for the fourth time in five games.

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PAOK defeated Fiorentina 3-2 in Florence as a spectacular Garry Rodrigues injury-time solo effort capped a great performance for the Thessaloniki club in its first ever victory on Italian soil.

The Greeks led 2-0 via goals by Yevhen Shakhov on the 5th and Djalma Campos on the 26th minute, but the Florence giants equalized 2-2 through goals by Federico Bernardeschi on the 33rd and Khouma Babacar five minutes into the second half.

The Italians put more pressure on the Greeks for a winning goal, but this came at the other end on the third minute of time added-on, as Rodrigues wrong-footed two of its opponents after a great run from the left and as he cut inside he unleashed a great shot for 3-2.

PAOK now needs to better the result that Qarabag has with Fiorentina in Azerbaijan when it hosts Liberec in two weeks’ time.

Olympiakos required just one point to advance to the knock-out stages and got just that on Thursday, drawing 1-1 with Young Boys in Piraeus with a rather lackluster performance.

After a quite boring first half, Costas Fortounis opened the score on the 48th through a direct free-kick. Young Boys responded with a Guillaume Hoarau goal 10 minutes later, but that was not enough for the Swiss.

Both teams missed good chances to win, they both had a goal disallowed as offside, but the result was good enough only for the Greeks. Still, their fans did not forgive their poor performance and booed them of the pitch,m while chanting the name of Chori Dominguez, Olympiakos’s star player who was left out of the squad for one more game by coach Paulo Bento.

The summit of the group will be determined by the APOEL vs Olympiakos game in Nicosia next month, where Olympiakos needs to win to finish first.

Finally Panathinaikos lost 2-0 to a second-string Ajax team in Amsterdam and is certain to finish bottom of its group, having one point from five games.

As usual the Greens had a rather positive start to their game and were denied by the woodwork at Victor’s Ibarbo’s 26th-minute shot, before crumbling for the rest of the match.

Ajax scored the opener five minutes from half-time due to an error of judgment by goalkeeper Luke Steele who let in a Lasse Schone free-kick, and Kenny Tete sealed victory for the Dutch on the 50th after capitalizing on a ball given away by Niklas Hult.

The 3,000 Panathinaikos fans at the stands of Amsterdam ArenA jeered their own players after the final whistle.

The result – the third loss in the last three games in the league and in Europe – is going to increase pressure on Panathinaikos manager Andrea Stramaccioni.


Article written by Kathemerini