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Alexandrou rocket helps APOEL achieve lift-off

Published: Thursday 7 November 2013, 20.52CET
APOEL FC 2-1 FC Girondins de Bordeaux
Nektarios Alexandrou's stunning strike set the tone for an eventful game that saw both teams reduced to ten before Nuno Morais' 55th-minute winner.
Alexandrou rocket helps APOEL achieve lift-off
Stathis Aloneftis and Landry N'Guémo, who was later sent off, contest a high ball ©AFP/Getty Images
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Published: Thursday 7 November 2013, 20.52CET

Alexandrou rocket helps APOEL achieve lift-off

APOEL FC 2-1 FC Girondins de Bordeaux
Nektarios Alexandrou's stunning strike set the tone for an eventful game that saw both teams reduced to ten before Nuno Morais' 55th-minute winner.

Nektarios Alexandrou's stunning early strike set the tone for an eventful game that brought three goals, two red cards and three points for APOEL FC.

Alexandrou unleashed a devastating blow from distance after 14 minutes, meeting Mário Sérgio's tapped free-kick with a thunderous effort that clipped the post on the way in. FC Girondins de Bordeaux reacted well, levelling through Ludovic Sané before the interval, and the game was blown wide open soon after the restart when Mario Budimir and Landry N'Guémo were sent off after tangling. Nuno Morais quickly made it 2-1, and this time the lead always looked safe.

Victory moved APOEL above Bordeaux to third in Group F, three points behind Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC in second. They host the Israeli team on matchday five and can only hope for a start like the one Alexandrou gave them tonight. Yet they somewhat lost their way thereafter, dropping deep and inviting pressure. It was a dangerous ploy, particularly with Ludovic Obraniak causing problems from set pieces, and so it proved as Sané met the No4's corner in first-half added time.

That sparked a frantic spell at the start of the second period, and when both teams were reduced to ten men on 50 minutes the game opened up. Morais was quick to capitalise, making a forceful run from midfield, playing a one-two with Selim Benachour via a favourable Sané deflection and calmly sided-footed in. APOEL did not ease off this time, keeping the pressure on, but time and again Cédric Carrasso repelled them, making a string of saves.

The spectre of another game-changing last-minute goal from Bordeaux loomed, following their winner when the sides met two weeks ago, but APOEL held on.

Last updated: 09/11/13 0.03CET

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Lineups

apoel

APOEL

bordeaux

Bordeaux

78
PardoUrko Pardo (GK)
Yellow Card90+2
16
CarrassoCédric Carrasso (GK) (C)
6
OliveiraMarcelo Oliveira
Yellow Card90+3
4
ObraniakLudovic Obraniak
Substitution71
7
BudimirMario Budimir
Red Card50
5
BréchetJérémie Bréchet
10
CharalambidesConstantinos Charalambides (C)
Yellow Card23
Substitution56
6
SanéLudovic Sané
Goal45+2
11
AlexandrouNektarios Alexandrou
Goal14
Substitution38
7
N'GuémoLandry N'Guémo
Yellow Card37
Red Card50
16
ViniciusVinicius
Yellow Card86
9
RolánDiego Rolán
Substitution71
26
Nuno MoraisNuno Morais
Goal55
19
Maurice-BelayNicolas Maurice-Belay
27
BordaHaritz Borda
20
JussiêJussiê
Substitution71
28
Mário SérgioMário Sérgio
22
FaubertJulien Faubert
46
AloneftisStathis Aloneftis
Substitution88
26
SerticGrégory Sertic
55
Hélder CabralHélder Cabral
29
PoundjéMaxime Poundjé

Substitutes

22
ChiotisDionisios Chiotis (GK)
1
JugAžbe Jug (GK)
3
João GuilhermeJoão Guilherme
30
OlimpaKevin Olimpa (GK)
18
BenachourSelim Benachour
Substitution38
2
SavićVujadin Savić
20
SotiriouPieros Sotiriou
Substitution56
10
SaivetHenri Saivet
Substitution71
21
ManducaGustavo Manduca
11
BellionDavid Bellion
Substitution71
23
Esmaël GonçalvesEsmaël Gonçalves
12
SackoHadi Sacko
Substitution71
77
SolomouAthos Solomou
Substitution88
27
PlanusMarc Planus

Coach

Giorgos Donis (GRE) Francis Gillot (FRA)

Referee

Sébastien Delferiere (BEL)

Assistant referees

Yves De Neve (BEL), Frederick Stalport (BEL)

Fourth official

Danny Huens (BEL)

Additional assistant referees

Jonathan Lardot (BEL), Laurent Colemonts (BEL)

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