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Cyprus round-up: Dream debut helps APOEL go top

Published: Sunday 22 September 2002, 19.10CET
Georgos Vakouftsis scored four on his APOEL Nicosia FC debut to beat Enosis Neon Paralimniou FC 5-2.

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Published: Sunday 22 September 2002, 19.10CET

Cyprus round-up: Dream debut helps APOEL go top

Georgos Vakouftsis scored four on his APOEL Nicosia FC debut to beat Enosis Neon Paralimniou FC 5-2.

APOEL Nicosia FC returned to the top of the Cypriot first division as they beat Enosis Neon Paralimniou FC 5-2 with new Greek signing Georgos Vakouftsis finding the net four times.

Superb debut
Vakouftsis was virtually unstoppable, scoring four times in 66 minutes in his starting debut, and with APOEL already resting seven first team players following their UEFA Cup victory last Thursday against Grazer AK. Although Vakouftsis' two first-half efforts were equalised by Angelos Tsolakkis and Georgos Peklis, the second period saw APOEL extend their lead, Marinos Ouzounides getting the fifth for the only side now with 100 per cent record from four games.

Unbeaten records preserved
Olympiakos Nicosia FC are second after dropping their first points of the season in a 1-1 draw with fellow unbeaten side Anorthosis Famagusta FC. Marios Neophytou put Anorthosis ahead from the penalty spot on 17 minutes, but a quarter-hour later Olympiakos were on level terms through Cypriot international Andreas Melanarkitis.

Kekic double
Also still to lose are Omonia Nicosia FC, who beat Aris Limassol FC 4-0 at home. Two goals from Ljubisa Kekic and a goal a piece from Zoran Stepjanovic and Lefteris Kontolefteros lifted Omonia to third whilst Aris - who had Nigerian player Efion Egbeniogh sent off late in the match - remain bottom.

Frantzeskos on form
AEK Larnaca FC secured a 3-1 win at home to AEL Limassol FC, with Greek player Kostas Frantzeskos scoring twice to go joined top of the scoring charts on six goals with Anorthosis' Neophytou. Louis Eleftheriou put AEK ahead in the first half and Frantzeskos added the second in the early stages of the second half. AEL substitute Stelios Krassias reduced the deficit for AEL with his first touch of the ball but Frantzeskos had the last word for AEK.

Sosin treble
New Polish signing Lukasz Sosin was soaking up the applause in as he registered his first goals with home side Apollon Limassol FC with a hat-trick as Apollon defeated Ethnikos Achnas FC 3-0. His first two came either side of half-time, with the third 12 minutes from the end.

Moyo the hero
First division newcomers Dighenis Morphou FC continued their great league form with a surprise 3-0 victory away to previously unbeaten Nea Salamis FC in Larnaca, while Zimbabwean international Zenzo Moyo got both AEP Paphos FC goals in their 2-1 win against Alki Larnaca FC.
Last updated: 23/09/02 0.14CET

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