Cyprus round-up: Anorthosis back on track

Anorthosis Famagusta FC got back into the title race coming from behind to beat Alki Larnaca FC 3-2.

Perfect start
Anorthosis, who face Portuguese club Boavista FC in the UEFA Cup second round, enjoyed the perfect start with a first-minute goal from Cyprus's top scorer, Marios Neophytou. But Alki quickly hit back with two goals in three minutes from Kostas Kalotheou and Akis Ioannou.

Xiourroupas winner
Anorthosis began the second half in better fashion and managed to peg Alki back. Temur Ketsbaia's blistering free-kick on the hour restored parity before substitute Panicos Xiourroupas grabbed a 70th-minute winner.

APOEL frustrated
APOEL Nicosia FC - who will also be in UEFA Cup action against German side Hertha BSC Berlin - were held 0-0 at home by Apollon Limassol FC. The draw kept them level on points with joint leaders Omonia Nicosia FC. APOEL missed their captain Kostakis Malekkos and new Greek signing Georgos Vakouftsis through injury and failed to break down a stubborn Apollon.

Omonia held
Meanwhile, title rivals Omonia also dropped points as Toni Savevski's side drew 1-1 against Ethnikos Achnas FC. Substitute Borje Gjurev gave Achnas the lead on 70 minutes but the hosts were made to pay for missed chances when Omonia's Rainer Marcos Rauffmann grabbed his seventh goal of the season with seven minutes left.

Olympiakos capitalise
Third-placed Olympiakos Nicosia FC took advantage of APOEL and Omonia's slips to move to within a point of the summit with a 2-1 away victory at AEL Limassol FC. Goals from Marios Themistocleous and Josef Kozleh - a penalty - were enough to cancel out Luciano de Souza's fourth-minute free-kick. Defeat sent AEL into the relegation zone.

Enosis surprise AEK
AEK Larnaca FC and relegation-strugglers Enosis Neon Paralimniou FC shared the spoils in Larnaca. Enosis took a surprise early lead through Georgi Donkov's shot from an acute angle. But AEK eventually equalised through Georgos Kounoussis in a game where AEK's Michalis Markou and Enosis keeper Pavel Kamesch were sent off.

Wins for AEP and Salamis
Newcomers Dighenis Morphou FC's fine run ended with a 1-0 defeat by AEP Paphos FC at the Makarios Athletic Centre in Nicosia. Zenzo Moyo's 70th-minute goal was the difference between the teams. Meanwhile, Nea Salamis FC strolled to a 4-1 win against Aris Limassol FC thanks to a hat-trick from captain Pambis Andreou.

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