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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.


Article written by LGR

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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Uefa Europa League Results

Thursday 20/10/2016

Olympiacos 4-1 Astana

Figueiras 25
T. Elyounoussi 33
Sebá 34, 65

Kabananga 54 (Astana)

Young Boys 3-1 APOEL

Hoarau 18, 52, 82 (P)

Efrem 14 (Apoel)

Standard Liège 2-2 Panathinaikos

Edmilson Junior 45+1 (P)       
Belfodil 82

Ibarbo 12, 36 (Panathinaikos)

Qarabağ 2-0 PAOK

Dani Quintana 56
Amirguliyev 87


Article written by lgr.co.uk

We watched the game, Greece vs. Cyprus from the arm-chair, or more like a seat that swivels from the LGR offices.

It was the first time these neighbouring teams met, making history in an awesome competitive game. The stakes were very high as either a win or a draw, would be help to the sides chances to qualify for the World Cup finals 2018 in Russia.

Friday night October 7th at 19:45 at the Football Stadium Georgios Karaiskakis, we finally had kick-off…

The match was full of excitement, as the visiting team, Cyprus, were quick to go on counter-attack and creative, troubling Greece’s defence to the approving roar of the visiting 1,500 Cypriot fans making the trip to Piraeus. Greece’s make-shift midfield brought in Kostas Stafylidis replacing Andreas Samaris who was injured next to Giannis Maniatis as holding midfielders, and they were tested by the ambitious Cypriot team who pressed forward in the early moments of the game.

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Mitroglou fires home the first goal at 12′ minutes

Despite our plucky Cypriot showing, it was the in-form Kostas Mitroglou opening the score in the 12 minute, with a fine shot. Kostas Fortounis took hold of a loose ball in the Cyprus box and fed incoming Mitroglou who slid the ball past Cypriot keeper Kostas Panagi and his strike making it two goals out of two qualifiers for him.

Taking full advantage of a Cypriot goalkeeping error by Panagi, Greek player Petros Mantalos made it two at 42 minutes before Half-Time crucially.

2-0 ahead for Greece, job well done for the German coach Michael Skibbe of the Greek team, who prior to the game said they had a need to erase Euro 2016’s qualifying phase for them and pick up points helping them to get closer to the qualification to the World Cup which is to take place in two years.

Second-Half, Cyprus showed desperate signs of immediately trying to take something from the match, with efforts by Nestor Mytides and Giorgos Efrem, and was unlucky not to score as they caught Greece’s defence by surprise with again their ambitious counter-attacking style. The second half continued and it seemed an air of content was clearly taking over; both teams were looking increasingly to the full-time whistle.

So, it seems both sides were turning their mind to Monday when they have equally very serious qualifiers to think about. All in all, Greece are definitely the happier outfit with two wins out of two games following the 4-1 away victory over Gibraltar, completing four wins on the trot. Cyprus is yet to register a single point and will be hoping with enough time ahead to make their impression for Group H’s qualification phase.

Both countries meet again in Nicosia on 7th October 2017 to wind up the campaign.

Greece is now joint top of the table along with Belgium and on Monday the team will travel to Estonia. Cyprus, still on zero points, visits Bosnia next.

Good luck Cyprus.


Article written by Tony Neophytou

Greece vs CyprusThe game is just hours away. The two sides will face each other for their massive 2018 World Cup qualifying clash. They will meet competitively for the first time in their history. They were selected during last year’s draw; it’s been a long wait for sure. Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Gibraltar complete the line-up for Group H.

In Piraeus at the Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Friday 7th October at 19:45 GMT the whistle will blow and yes, we have kick-off.

The teams have contrasting fortunes from the first set of matches which started their campaigns only last month. Off to a flying start, the Greek team picked up three points after beating Gibraltar 4-1 away. On the other hand, Cyprus will look to get a few points on the board after they lost 3-0 to Belgium in Nicosia. Despite the early set-back, the Cypriot squad are highly motivated ahead of playing their neighbours in what should prove a very intriguing competitive derby between the countries.

Michael Skibbe the German coach of the Greece side had expressed how important it was for his side to secure a winning result. ”We have to concentrate with the first match with Cyprus, to take the three points with this same will we would hope to beat Estonia. We know that the next matches will be with Bosnia and Belgium, where we have to play two very good teams. Every point helps”.

He spoke about reviving the national team’s fortunes after the failure of the last qualifying campaign, was a low-point for the side. He made the point: ”Something has changed with the dynamic of the team. For two years we took a serious ‘beating’ and everybody does not want this. They want a change.”

Just before 13:30 on Wednesday, Cyprus’ national team arrived in Athens and as scheduled completed their first training session later at Agios Kosmas.

Christakis Christoforou’s men can draw inspiration from the fact that league champions Apoel with internationals such as Giorgos Merkis, Giorgos Efrem and Pieros Sotiriou within their ranks defeated Greek giants Olympiacos 1-0 at Karaiskakis Stadium in the Europa League last week thanks to an amazing goal by Sotiriou.

The Cyprus coach emphasised his team’s ethos of playing well and treating the game in a very ‘competitive’ way. He explained ”There are teams like Belgium who are very difficult to take a positive result. Our effort with Belgium until 60′ minutes was good. We have analysed the game and the mistakes and I believe we will be in a better shape against Greece.

Cypriot midfielder Georgios Efrem took the point ”that the game is itself unique because of our common links we have with Greece. That said however in the match we will be opponents for 90’ minutes and I hope we can take a positive result.

The nations have only previously met in friendly matches; Cyprus in the first ever meeting between the sides in 1963 in Nicosia; walked away with a 3-1 victory on that occasion. Since then the Greek side have got the better of their clashes albeit only friendly ones, with a superior head-to-head with 15 wins, 7 draws and only 3 loses to the Cypriot side.

Good luck and may the best team win.


Article written by Tony Neophytou

Cyprus first division football league leader AEK of Larnaca continued its winning streak beating Nea Salamina away with 1-0.

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AEK is the only team with six victories in six matches and leads the standings with 18 points.

APOEL of Nicosia defeated Doxa Katokopias with 2-0 in GSP, whereas AEL of Limassol drew 0-0 with Anorthosis of Famagusta. Apollon of Limassol beat Omonia with 2-1 in limassol and climbed to the fifth spot in the standings one point less from Omonia.

Ethnicos Ahnas beat Anagennisi Derynias with 5-3, whereas Aris of Limassol was forced to a goalless draw by AEZ Zakakiou in Tsirion Stadium

Karmiotissa of Polimidia defeated Ermis Aradippou with 3-0.

STANDINGS: AEK 18, APOEL 16, AEL 14, Omonia11, Apollon 10, Ermis 9, Anorthosis 7, AEZ 6, Karmiotissa 5, Nea Salamina 5, Aris 4, Doxa Katokopias 5, Anagennisi Derynias 1.


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APOEL FC achieved a historic 1-0 victory against Olympiakos Piraeus in “Georgios Karaiskakis” Stadium in Athens, in the framework of match day 2 of UEFA Europa League.

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The Cypriot team defeated the Greek team thanks to a 10th minute goal from Pieros Soteriou.

In the group’s other match yesterday, Astana and Young Boys played out a scoreless draw at Astana Arena.

With two wins out of two games, APOEL is at the top of the group`s standings.


Article written by CNA