Stalemate in Nicosia, comfortable victories for Omonia and Anorthosis

The big game in Cyprus this weekend between APOEL and AEK ended in a 1-1 draw at the GSP Stadium.

In a exciting game for both fans and neutrals, both teams needed maximum points for completely different reasons, APOEL to keep their comfortable lead at the top of the table and for the visitors AEK to keep their title aspirations alive.

Florian Taulemesse silenced the home crowd nine minutes before halftime giving the visitors the lead after a great cross into the area by Ortiz.

In the second half APOEL applied more pressure on their opponents to grab the equalising goal which came in the 75th minute of the game with APOEL tallis man Pieros Sotiriou who netted his 15th goal of the season and gave his team an all important lifeline.

The game remained 1-1 until the end and the result keeps the hosts happier as they remain top of the table three points ahead of second place AEL.

In the other games of the day Omonia and Anorthosis earned comfortable victories over Aris and Anagennisi respctively.

Omonia have closed the gap on fifth place with a all important victory over Aris 4-2 at the Tsirion, Kari Arnasson got a goal on his debut for the club and Matt Derbyshire got his 18th goal for Omonia extending his lead at the top of the top goalscorer leaderboard.

Speaking about debut goals, Andre Alves scored on his debut for Anorthosis in their 3-0 win over Anagennisis at the Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium. Gabriel opened the score for Anorthosis and Ruben Rayos sealed the deal three minutes before time.