Apollon Limassol marred by violence: Cypriot fans clash with police


Incidents happened at Georgios Karaiskakis stadium ahead of Olympiacos’ match against Apollon Limassol for the Europa League qualifiers.

Part of Apollo fans throw chairs to the police and for a few minutes there was tension in the gallery.

The clashes were soon over. The reason for the tension is not known.

The Piraeus side once again handled the penalty shootout pressure better to reign supreme against Apollon Limassol and secure their place in the Europa League group stages.

Olympiacos and the Cypriot champions went the distance at the “Karaiskakis” stadium on Friday morning (AEST), finishing 1-1 (2-2 on aggregate) after 120 minutes, with the Greek side emerging victorious on penalties by a 3-1 margin.

The red-whites took an early lead after an error from the back allowed forward left-back Oleg Reabciuk to take the ball and send a ground pass through the box to winger Giannis Masouras , who hit him at close range (2′).

The visitors found a 90th-minute equalizer to send the game into extra time after winger Ioannis Pittas entered just outside the goal line and the Greek champions were dealt another blow when defender Ousseynou Ba received a red card for a bad tackle (100′).

Both teams failed to score again, sending him to penalties, and Olympiacos goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik stepped up his side massively by making three saves, all diving to his right, to send the Piraeus club in the main round of the Europa League.

Apollon Limassol will now go down a level and play in the group stage of the Europa League Conference.

AEK Larnaca pulled off a big 3-0 home triumph over SC Dnipro-1 to win the draw 5-1 on aggregate and also qualify for the Europa League group stage.

The locals took the lead, thanks to a deflected long shot from winger Adam Gyurcso (21′) before striker Rafael Lopes doubled the lead with a shot from close range (45′).

Left-back Nikos Englezou sealed the result and equalized after meeting Gyurcso’s cross on the volley, sending the ball powerfully into the goal (78′).

Omonia won 2-0 at home to KAA Gent to claim the tie 4-0 on aggregate and also qualify for the Europa League group stage.

The Cyprus Cup champions took the lead after a quick counter-attack ended by striker Andronikos Kakoullis, who guided the ball deep left (18′).

Midfielder Charalambos Charalambous went one-on-one with the keeper, thanks to a quick one-two move, scoring in the bottom right corner (36′) to stun the Belgian outfit.

APOEL beat Djurgardens IF 3-2 at home in the second leg of their Europe Conference League tie but the result was in vain as they lost 3-5 on aggregate thus being officially eliminated from European competition this season.

The hosts scored twice in the first half, striker Anton Maglica bounding on the ball after a corner kick to sink it in (7′) before striker Danny Blum’s free-kick from an awkward angle on the right side of the pitch is deflected by the goalkeeper. (23′).

The Swedish side recovered one thanks to a superb strike from left-back Elias Andersson who sailed into the top left corner (68′) but striker Marquinhos ran over an exaggerated ball to kick the ball past the keeper which was advancing and give some hope. for the hosts (74′).

Djurgardens substitute Joel Asoro gave the visitors the final say on the game, hanging on to a quick kick from goalkeeper Jacob Widell Zetterstrom to smash the ball into the net (90+1′).

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