APOEL thrash Salamina 9-0, chasing pack enjoy easy wins (updated)

first_imgBy Iacovos ConstantinouDefending champions APOEL stretched their lead at the top of the table to three points with an astonishing 9-0 win at Nea Salamina last night in the Cyprus football championship.The carnage began as early as the 2nd minute when Giorgos Efrem opened the scoring and it was 4-0 by half-time. Tomas De Vincenti and Fernando Cavenaghi helped themselves to two goals each as the leaders were rampant.Over the weekend, four of the top six teams, AEK, Anorthosis, Apollon and Anorthosis all defeated their opponents with consummate ease, scoring 15 goals without conceding in the process. The shock of the weekend came from Limassol where AEL were humbled 2-1 by the least glamorous of the Limassol clubs Aris.AEL have only themselves to blame for the loss as they failed to convert a number of chances they created culminating with a penalty miss in the final stages of the game.Aris took the lead through Bagura in the first half but AEL’s pressure paid off when Nyang headed past Aris keeper Nurendinofski late on.The winner for the visitors came four minutes from time when Marangoudakis raced onto a through ball to hit the ball past the AEL keeper.AEK continued their impressive away form, notching their fifth win in as many outings as they defeated AEK 2-0.Thomas Christiansen’s team were in control from the very first whistle and scored a goal in each half through Monteiro and Andre Alves.The third Limassol team in the top flight Apollon finally recorded their first away win of the season after overcoming Ayia Napa 3-0.They raced into a two-goal lead through Guie (13th min) and Freier (24th min) with Da Silva wrapping up the scoring with a second-half penalty.The outcome of the game between Omonia and Paphos FC was clear as early as the 13th minute when Omonia were awarded a penalty and the visitors had a player sent off. Nuno Assis scored from the subsequent spot-kick with Economides adding a second before the break.Kirm, Eze and Skembri with two were the other scorers.Anorthosis were poor in the opening 45 minutes and had to wait until the 67th minute to open the score against Ermis Aradippou who up until then defended well.Their top scorer Ndlovou hit his seventh goal of the season and two minutes later Gonzales put though his own net. Avraam and an injury time goal from Schwechlen completed the score.In the final weekend match Doxa Katokopias overcame Paralimni 2-1 in a game that could have gone either way. Lopes and Fernandes were the scorers for the home side with Vucevic getting Paralimni’s consolation goal.last_img

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