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APOEL bear down on Cypriot crown

Published: Tuesday 7 April 2009, 1.42CET
APOEL FC moved a step closer to securing their 20th Cypriot championship on Monday evening after recovering from a goal down to beat nearest title challengers and local rivals AC Omonia 2-1 away from home.
by John Leonidou
from Nicosia
APOEL bear down on Cypriot crown
Hélio Pinto (left) scored APOEL's winner against Omonia ©Getty Images
Published: Tuesday 7 April 2009, 1.42CET

APOEL bear down on Cypriot crown

APOEL FC moved a step closer to securing their 20th Cypriot championship on Monday evening after recovering from a goal down to beat nearest title challengers and local rivals AC Omonia 2-1 away from home.

APOEL FC moved a step closer to clinching their 20th Cypriot title on Monday after coming from behind to beat their nearest title challengers and local rivals AC Omonia 2-1 away from home.

Second-half fightback
Ivan Jovanović's side are now eight points ahead of Omonia with four games remaining in the end-of-season play-offs. Defender Rasheed Alabi put Omonia into a ninth-minute lead but the hosts missed several chances to extend their advantage in the first half and APOEL forced their way back after the break. Christos Kontis soon equalised and Portuguese substitute Hélio Pinto claimed the winner six minutes from time with an easy tap-in.

'Not champions yet'
Despite the result – APOEL's third win over Omonia in as many games this season – Jovanović said the championship race was far from over. "When you are challenging for the league title against some very strong sides, then you can take nothing for granted," the Serbian coach said. "We are not champions yet. We are very close but we need to remain focused to finish the job." Omonia counterpart Panagiotis Lemonis added: "We were the dominant side in the first half but we failed to maintain our tactics in the second and it cost us. It's happened before and it's a shame for the players because they deserved more this season."

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