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Play-offs, First leg

Apollon - Nice
2-0

Apollon - Nice 2-0 - 22/08/2013 - Match page - UEFA Europa League 2014

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Merkis rallies Apollon after two-goal defeat of Nice

Published: Friday 23 August 2013, 11.00CET
Merkis rallies Apollon after two-goal defeat of Nice
Gaston Sangoy salutes the crowd after scoring for Apollon ©AFP/Getty Images

Apollon Limassol FC skipper Georgos Merkis implored his team-mates not to rest on their laurels after securing a famous 2-0 victory against OGC Nice in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League play-off.

Christakis Christoforou's men were billed as overwhelming underdogs going into the tie, but a second-half double from Argentinian forward Gaston Sangoy has put them in a commanding position ahead of the 29 August decider at Stade Municipal du Ray. Unlike their cross-town rivals AEL Limassol FC, Apollon have never reached the group stage of a UEFA competition, yet find themselves on the verge of creating history.

 

Lineups

apollon

Apollon

nice

Nice

83Bruno Vale (GK)
Yellow Card90
1Ospina (GK)
6Gullón3Kolodziejczak
9Roberto5Gomis
Yellow Card21
10Sangoy
Goal54
Goal63
Substitution90+3
6Digard (C)
16Merkis (C)
Yellow Card50
8Traoré
18Dãnãnae13Eysseric
Substitution80
20Robert
Substitution73
14Pied
Substitution57
26Papoulis
Substitution82
21Palun
55Karipidis22Mendy
56Hamdani25Genevois
Yellow Card54
Substitution57
88Vasiliou33Constant
Yellow Card50

Substitutes

23Hidi (GK)40Hassen (GK)
11Konstantinou
Substitution82
Yellow Card90+1
7Abriel
27A. Charalambous11Bautheac
Substitution57
28Stylianou12Cvitanich
Substitution57
Yellow Card85
48C. Kyriakou
Substitution73
23Bosetti
Substitution80
92Haber
Substitution90+3
32Amavi
97Fragkou36Rougeaux

Coaches

Christakis Christoforou (CYP) Claude Puel (FRA)

Referee

Ivan Kružliak (SVK)

Press kits

Standings

 

Match statistics

Apollon
Nice

2

Goals scored

0

0

Possession (%)

0

10

Total attempts

8

2

on target

1

8

off target

6

0

blocked

1

0

against woodwork

1

3

Corners

7

3

Offsides

2

3

Yellow cards

4

0

Red Cards

0

11

Fouls committed

16

16

Fouls suffered

11

0

Passes

0

0

completed

0

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Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
  • Substitution
    90+3
    Haber (in) - Sangoy (out) (Apollon)
  • Yellow Card
    90+1
    Konstantinou (Apollon) is shown a yellow card.
  • Yellow Card
    90
    Bruno Vale (Apollon) is shown a yellow card.
  • Yellow Card
    85
    Cvitanich (Nice) is shown a yellow card.

See also

  • Apollon

    Next match played UEFA Europa League: v Nice, 29 August 2013, 1-0
  • Nice

    Next match played UEFA Europa League: v Apollon, 29 August 2013, 1-0
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