Fourth win of the year for Aris over Apollon… and remains in the plus three from APOEL
An important step towards winning the title was taken by Aris, who beat Apollon 2-0 in the “Alfamega Stadium” in a match for the 8th matchday of the playoffs. The goals were scored by Mayabela (5') and Babika (8') and while the VAR canceled two more… scored by Gomis and Begçon. Roberges had a crossbar in the 94th minute.
Aris was better during the longest match, who dominated the first part and managed forces in the replay. The guests typically tried, but apart from two great opportunities in the delays of the match, they did not manage to do anything else.
In this way the “light brigade” achieved its fourth victory of the year (in as many matches) against the compatriot… to reach 71 points and continue as it leads the race in the “battle” for championship. After the victory of APOEL in the GSP, the difference of three points from second place was maintained.
Aris' attacking monologue was the first half, with Alexei Spilevski's team scoring two goals until the eighth minute and having chances to score even more goals.
The “greens” entered the match extremely aggressively. and just in the 5th minute they opened the score with Mayabella, who in the 4-a-4 with Jovanovic scored exemplary. The assist is credited to Begsson, who found his teammate in a wonderful way.
Three minutes later, the “light brigade” doubled their goals with Babika. Kazou crossed from the left and the burgeoning international striker was untroubled inside the area to head home.
The hosts then typically controlled the tempo of the game, continuing to be in complete control until the final whistle. of the first part.
In fact, on two occasions Aris could have scored a third goal, however, the Serbian goalkeeper of the “blue and white” shouted the same number of times. First it was Begçon in the 15' who couldn't score in a 4-a-4, while in the 44' it was the turn of Mayabela, who crossed from a diagonal position in the area to see “Yova” save. However, the South African could give Gomis who was in a formidable position. It is also noted that Gomis' goal was canceled in the 30th minute, due to the fact that Mayabela, who provided the assist, was offside.
As for Bogdan Antone's team, they were unable to react in any way, which is evident and from the fact that he did not register a final goal.
Bohdan Antone's intentions to make his team more aggressive were clear, as at the start of the replay Hussein, Josten and Marias entered the match. In fact, he changed his formation to 3-5-2. For his part, Ares continued to be aggressive.
The first final on target and the first in general for Apollo…. was scored in the 54th minute when Kohl attempted a long-range shot, which Vanas blocked with relative ease.
In the 66th minute, Aris scored a third goal with Begcson, but it never counted. Initially the assistant raised the flag for offside, but after VAR intervention the goal was disallowed due to a foul by Brosson on Ward at the start of the period.
As time went on, Apollo gained yards, holding more ball, however Aris continued to be in control not allowing his opponent to threaten and while being particularly dangerous on the counter-attacks.
The best chances of the “blue and white” came in stoppage time, when in the 93rd minute Vana made an impressive save on Josten's shot and a minute later Roberges hit the home team's left post.
With these and with these, the “greens” of Limassol got a great victory and came even closer to winning the championship.
THE IDENTITY OF THE MATCH
Aris: Alves, Boaki, Brosson, Musuda, Kazu, Brown (60' Struski), Jablonski, Begsson (80' Spoliaric), Babika, Gomis ( 80' Delmiro), Mayabella (68' Stepinski).
Apollon: Jovanovic, Filiotis (86' Iliev), Peiburns, Roberges, Ekpolo (45' Mavrias), Kohl (86' Dabo), Hambos, Warda, Spoliaric (45' Husain), Pittas, Donio (45 Josten).
Scorers: 5' Mayabela, 8' Babika/-
Yellows: 58' Begsson, 79' Babika (on the limit), 93' Delmiro/55' Warda (on the limit) , 64' Roberge, 91' Hussein, 96' Josten.
Referee: Costa Verissimo Fabio Jose.
VAR: Oliveira Melo Fabio.