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With Kostandinov's goal, APOEL left Doxa with all the points (1-0)

Αγχωτικo διπλo… και pole position

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And officially in the playoffs… from the top for APOEL!

The “blue and yellow” won 1-0 against Doxa in Peristerona, in the 26th and last game of the regular season of the championship.

Sa Pinto's team had a lot of difficulty against the fighting Doxa, but with a goal by Konstantinov in the 62nd minute, they left with the double.

So APOEL rose to 59 points and starts the second phase from the 1st place, while Doxa remains at the bottom with 12.


The game started with APOEL putting pressure and looking for the quick goal. Just in the 2nd minute, the first big chance for the “blue and yellow” was lost, with Vigiafanes missing from close range. For its part, Doxa thus emphasized the defensive area and tried to threaten with counterattacks.

The Katokopia team was mainly behind the midfield and gave space to Sa Pinto's team, while they managed to threaten in the 7th minute with a cross from Nabi that went past the goalposts of Belets.

The scene did not change until the first twenty minutes, with APOEL pressing and surrounding the area of ​​Doxa, without however having a shot towards Kyriakos' goal. Sa Pinto asked his players to be more calm, as with a clear mind they would make the right decisions to break the Doxa defense.

In the 23rd minute, Crespo left the game, who took his place in the lineup after a full league round. Unlucky the Spanish poua was replaced by Sacia.

APOEL threatened with a powerful shot by Mehri from outside the area in the 29th minute, which went over the crossbar, while Dvali also tried his foot in the 45th minute with Kyriakou saving. But apart from that, despite holding the ball, he could not make final attempts from the conditions he had.

The Katokopia team had the best chance of the match in the 3rd minute of half-time stoppage time. In a counterattack by the refugee team, Hani left alone, feinted in the defense of APOEL and a strong shot that ended up on the horizontal bar of Belets.

Doxa was well organized at the back, managed to keep APOEL relatively far from their goal, so the two teams went to the locker room with 0-0.

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In the first minutes of the second half, the scene did not change, with APOEL holding the ball, but not being able to become particularly dangerous. Doxa was careful in defense and when given the chance tried to be dangerous on the counter attack.

The Sa Pinto team continued to push the area but could not finish phases, after several times making the wrong choice in the last phase.

Doxa had another good phase with Nabi in the 61st minute, the footballer stepped into the area and after the pretense made the final attempt but sent the ball out.

In the 62nd minute, APOEL found the solution with Konstantinov being anointed scorer. After a free kick by Ephraim, Konstantinov took the header, the ball hit Dvali's back and ended up in the net. The goal seems to have moved the ball more comfortably afterwards, while Ephraim came close with a strong shot from outside the area to make it 2-0 in the 70th minute, but Kyriakou saved.

The game opened up in the last minutes with Doxa to try to equalize by creating conditions, but without worrying Belets.

APOEL, having the lead in their favor, tried to keep the ball and become dangerous mainly through quick counterattacks. 1-0 remained until the final whistle, with the capital team taking a very important double.

24sports brings you live coverage of the match.


Glory:Kyriakou, Tadi, Fofana (86' Skoglund), Trujic (86' Kyriakou), Trajcevski ( 75' Kyriakou), Nabi, Velkovski, Antoniadis, Providakis (75' Meska), Puric, Hani (58' Asante).

On the bench: Dimosthenous, Skoglund, Kyriakou E., Kyriakou H., Moangna , Asante

APOEL:Belets, Dvali, Yefte, Vijafanies (58' Ephraim), Kvilitaia (81' Kvilitaia), Crespo (23' Satsias), Susic, Markinios (46 'Entongala), Konstantinov, Mehri, Donis (58' Tomane).

On the bench: Kittos, Cipriano, Karamanolis, Ephraim, Wilson, Maioli, Satsias, Dalsio, Tomane, Polykarpou, Sarfo, Dogala.

Scorer: -/62' Konstantinov

Yellows: 64' Trujic/-

Rejections: -/-

Referee: Fellas Konstantinos

VAR: Putros Sandi Dhia Jirjis

Source: www.kathimerini.com.cy

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