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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.

 


Article written by Cyprus Mail

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

Apoel suffered a 2-1 defeat away to Astana on Thursday, but the night ended in celebration for the Cypriots as Olympiacos’ 1-1 draw against Young Boys in the group’s other game means they are through to the knockout stages of the Europa League for the first time in their history.

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Astana had to come from behind to defeat ten-man Apoel, but the Nicosia club quickly got over the loss after Olympiacos stopped Young Boys from winning, meaning they cannot be caught by the third or fourth-placed sides with one more game still to play.

The game in the Kazakhstan capital was in doubt earlier in the week with temperatures reaching -30 degrees Celsius, but the eventually rose to a modest -8 ahead of kick-off.

The home side got an early foothold on the game and the first good effort on goal came on 25 minutes when Apoel defender Astiz cleared the ball into the path of Astana full-back Shomko who hit a rasping effort with his left-foot which whistled past the post with Waterman helpless.

But just as they did in three of their previous four Europa League group games this season, it was Apoel who took the lead. A long ball out of defence was flicked on by Aloneftis and Efrem, without taking a first touch, hit the bouncing ball with the outside of his left boot which flew into the top corner, for one of the goals of the competition so far.

The joy was short lived however, as Apoel were quickly reduced to ten men. A poor touch from Astiz, allowed Kabananga to intercept and the Spaniard made the hasty decision of bringing him down, leaving the referee no other option but to send him off as he was the last man.

Despite being a player down, Apoel started the second half on the front foot, with De Camargo having an effort on goal before Efrem nearly picked out Sotiriou for what would have been a close-range tap-in

Astana nearly equalised on 57 minutes when Apoel’s Lago slipped in his attempt to clear, presenting Despotovic with a fine chance, but Waterman spread himself well to deny the striker from six yards.

On the hour mark however, the hosts were level. What should have been a routine collection of a harmless corner by Waterman, the Dutchman let the ball slip out of his hands allowing Anicic to equalise from close range.

From then on, it was backs to the wall stuff for the Cypriot side, as Astana piled on the pressure. On 64 minutes, after a free-flowing move, Beysebekov lashed into the side netting.

Astana’s momentum continued to grow, with Kabananga going close minutes later. The Congolese striker again threatened with a sharp volley on the turn with ten minutes remaining, though Waterman appeared to have it covered.

Apoel’s resolve was finally broken on 84 minutes when Shomko’s cross found Despotovic, who edged ahead of Carlao, then hit the post with his first attempt but made no mistake from the rebound.

The defeat was quickly forgotten however, thanks to Olympiacos preventing Young Boys from winning in Piraeus and the fact that the Greeks drew rather than won means Apoel can finish group winners with just a draw when the pair meet in the final group game on 8 December in Nicosia.


Article written by Cyprus Mail

A disastrous night for Greek teams in the Europa League on Thursday saw the three of them collect just one point, as Olympiakos drew away from home and Panathinaikos and PAOK suffered home losses.

Olympiakos dropped back to the second spot of its pool after drawing 1-1 at Astana in Kazakhstan.

The hosts led after eight minutes via aeuropa-league Djordje Despotovic goal, but Seba replied 22 minutes later for Olympiakos, that deserved a winner in the second half without getting it.

The Reds now have seven points from four games, two points behind group leader APOEL Nicosia who downed Young Boys 1-0 in Cyprus.

Panathinaikos typically crumbled after the hour mark and lost 3-0 to Standard Liege in Athens while finishing the game with 10 men.

Without meeting the standards of its performance two weeks earlier in Belgium, the Greens hit the woodwork early in the second half via Paul-Jose M’Poku, who later saw the red card.

The Belgians made the most of the depleted Greek side – that had Marcus Berg come off injured in the first half – and scored via Ibrahima Cisse and Ishak Belfodil (twice) leaving the Greeks bottom of their group with just one point.

PAOK was shocked by Qarabag at Toumba as the Azeri team doubled its wins within two weeks, triumphing 1-0.

Former AEK Athens player Michel scored five minutes after coming on as a substitute, with PAOK being unable to equalize in the remaining 21 minutes of the game.

Now PAOK is only left with some mathematical hopes of advancing to the next round, with four points from as many games.

 


Article written by ekathemerini.

Anorthosis travel to Dheryneia on Monday evening to face Anagennisi in a game that wraps up match day 9 of the Cyprus first division football league.

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 AEK of Larnaca stayed  top of the league table despite being held to a 1-1 draw on Saturday at home against second place Apoel.

AEL of Limassol, currently in third place, missed a great chance on Sunday to catch Apoel after drawing 1-1 at home against AEZ Zakakioiu.

The results of match day 9: AEK-APOEL 1-1, AEL-AEZ 1-1, DOXA-APOLLON 0-1, ERMIS-NEW SALAMIS  1-2, OMONIA-ARIS 3-1, ETHNIKOS ACHNA-KARMIOTISA 4-2

Standings: AEK 25 , APOEL 23, AEL 21, Omonia 18, Apollon 16 Ermis 13,  Karmiotissa 11, Nea Salamina 9,  Anorthosis 8, Ethnikos Achnas 8, AEZ 7 , Doxa 5, Aris 4, Anagennisi 1.


Article written by LGR

Apart from the fact that Panathinaikos was held to a goalless draw at home on Thursday by financially stricken Iraklis, despite being largely dominant in both halves of the game, there were hardly any surprises in the first round of the Greek’s cup group stage.

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Olypmpiakos won comfortably 3-1 against Platanias on Wednesday as Sparta did after beating Chania4-0.

Also on Wednesday PAOK defeated Larisa 2-0 while Panelefsiniakos lost 5-0 to Trikala.

On Tuesday AEK thrashed Kerkyra 4-0. Apollon Smyrnis topped their group after a 1-0 win at home against OFI and   Lamia beat 1-0 Anagennisi Karditsas.

In other groups it was PAS Giannina 1 Xanthi 0, Kalloni Lesvou 1 Agrotikos Asteras 2, Aiginiakos 0 Aris 3, Asteras Tripolis 1 Veria 0, Atromitos 1 Panetolikos 0, Panthrakikos 3 Kallithea 0, Panionios 0 Levadiakos 0, and Panserraikos 0 Kissamikos 2.


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APOEL FC faces Ethnikos Achnas on Monday in GSP stadium in a game that wraps up match day 8 of the Cyprus first division football league.

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League`s leader AEK of Larnaca continued on Sunday its winning streak, beating AEZ away with 5-2. AEK is the only team with eight victories in eight matches and leads the standings with 24 points.

The second in the standings, AEL of Limassol, beat yesterday Aris and reached 20 points with 6 wins and 2 draws.

The results of match day 8: AEL-Aris 3-0, AEZ-AEK 2-5, Anorthosis-Ermis 2-2, Karmiotissa-Doxa 1-0, Apollon-Anagennisi 4-0, Nea Salamina-Omonia 1-1.

Standings: AEK 24, AEL 20, APOEL 19, Omonia 15, Ermis 13, Apollon 13, Karmiotissa 11, Anorthosis 8, Nea Salamina 6, AEZ 6, Ethnikos Achnas 5, Doxa 5, Aris 4, Anagennisi 1.


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