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Cyprus forge on as Mytidis treble sinks Andorra

Published: Friday 12 June 2015, 22.40CET
Andorra 1-3 Cyprus
Nestor Mytidis scored a hat-trick as the visitors recovered from an early own goal to boost hopes of grabbing a Group B qualification spot.

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Match statistics

AndorraCyprus

Goals scored1
 
3
Possession (%)30
 
70
Total attempts7
 
8
on target4
 
5
off target2
 
2
blocked1
 
1
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners3
 
8
Offsides0
1
Yellow cards4
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed18
 
14
Fouls suffered14
 
16

Standings

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Published: Friday 12 June 2015, 22.40CET

Cyprus forge on as Mytidis treble sinks Andorra

Andorra 1-3 Cyprus
Nestor Mytidis scored a hat-trick as the visitors recovered from an early own goal to boost hopes of grabbing a Group B qualification spot.

• Nestor Mytidis scores treble as Cyprus come from behind to win
Dossa Júnior's early own goal puts Andorra ahead
Cypriot defender also misses penalty but Mytidis treble secures the spoils
Victors level on points with third-placed Israel who possess the play-off spot
Next games: Israel v Andorra, Cyprus v Wales (3 September)

Nestor Mytidis struck a clinical hat-trick as Cyprus came from behind to see off Andorra and boost their hopes of claiming a European Qualifiers Group B qualification spot.

Thanks to Israel's defeat in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Charalampos Christodoulou's men are now level with the third-placed side on nine points, though a shock looked on the cards when an own goal put them behind early on at the Estadi Nacional. However, Mytidis converted three chances with a minimum of fuss to leave Cyprus well in the mix for a qualifying berth with four games to go.

Having yet to avoid defeat in 45 UEFA European Championship matches, Andorra got the perfect start in their bid to end that sequence. In just the second minute a ball was looped over the Cypriot defence and brought down by Aaron Sanchez, only for Dossa Júnior to send it past his own keeper and into the net as he rushed back to cover.

But the visitors were swiftly level courtesy of a superb passing move in which Dimitris Christofi provided the penultimate touch for partner Mytidis to slide under Ferran Pol.

The equaliser could have caused Andorra – a team who had lost 49 competitive fixtures in a row – to crumble but that was not the case. Josep Ayala crashed a spectacular volley narrowly wide while Antonis Giorgallides had to be at his best to keep out Cristian Martínez's near-post shot. Cypriot pressure late in the half eventually paid dividends as Mytidis grabbed his second with a thumping header from George Efrem's wicked left-side corner.

Dossa Júnior squandered the opportunity to double Cyprus's advantage six minutes after the restart, seeing his low penalty saved as Pol plunged to his left, but any possibility of an Andorran fightback was quickly erased. Efrem had scored the first-ever Cypriot international hat-trick in the home game against the same Pyrenean opposition in November and Mytidis matched him in the 53rd minute, turning in Christofi's scuffed effort from close range.

Last updated: 14/06/15 0.04CET

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Lineups

Andorra

Andorra

Cyprus

Cyprus

13
Ferran PolFerran Pol (GK)
1
GiorgallidesAntonis Giorgallides (GK)
2
C. MartínezCristian Martínez
2
Dossa JúniorDossa Júnior
Goal2
Penalty51
3
ValesMarc Vales
4
DemetriouJason Demetriou
5
RebésMarc Rebés
Yellow Card50
Substitution79
5
SielisValentinos Sielis
11
MorenoSergi Moreno
Substitution67
9
ChristofiDimitris Christofi
Substitution82
15
RodriguesAdrià Rodrigues
10
MytidisNestor Mytidis
Goal13
Goal45
Goal53
17
A. SánchezAaron Sánchez
13
MakridisConstantinos Makridis (C)
Substitution88
18
Josep AyalaJosep Ayala (C)
Yellow Card37
Substitution60
14
LabanVincent Laban
Yellow Card26
Substitution76
20
RodríguezVictor Rodríguez
15
AntoniadesMarios Antoniades
21
Marc GarciaMarc Garcia
Yellow Card56
17
EfremGeorge Efrem
23
Jordi RubioJordi Rubio
Yellow Card6
23
NikolaouMarios Nikolaou

Substitutes

1
GomesJosep Gomes (GK)
12
NegriAlexandre Negri (GK)
4
SonejeeÓscar Sonejee
Substitution60
3
E. CharalambousElias Charalambous
6
Ildefons LimaIldefons Lima
Substitution67
6
RoushiasOnisiforos Roushias
9
RieraGabriel Riera
7
EconomidesGeorgios Economides
Substitution76
14
PeppeEdu Peppe
Substitution79
8
KyriakouCharis Kyriakou
16
M. San NicolásMoisés San Nicolás
11
AlexandrouNektarios Alexandrou
Substitution82
19
LorenzoIvan Lorenzo
16
KolokoudiasGeorgios Kolokoudias
18
ArtymatasKostakis Artymatas
19
KyriakouCharalambos Kyriakou
20
KastanosGrigoris Kastanos
Substitution88
21
MakrisAntreas Makris
22
PanayiKostas Panayi (GK)

Coach

Koldo Alvarez (AND) Charalampos Christodoulou (CYP)

Referee

Tobias Welz (GER)

Assistant referees

Christoph Bornhorst (GER), Holger Henschel (GER)

Fourth official

Guido Kleve (GER)

Additional assistant referees

Daniel Siebert (GER), Robert Hartmann (GER)

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