Olympiacos - Apollon Limassol marred by violence: Cypriots fans clash with police

Olympiacos - Apollon Limassol: Cypriots fans clash with police

Incidents occurred at Georgios Karaiskakis stadium before Olympiacos' match against Apollon Limassol for the Europa League playoffs.

A portion of Apollon fans threw chairs at policemen and for a few minutes there was tension in the stand.


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

The Piraeus side dealt best with the pressure of the penalty shoot-out once again 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 “Karaiskakis” Stadium on Friday morning (AEST), finishing 1-1 (2-2 on aggregate) after 120 minutes of play, with the Greek side emerging victorious on penalties by a margin of 3-1.

The red-whites took an early lead after a mistake from the back allowed advancing left back Oleg Reabciuk to take the ball and send a grounded pass across the box to winger Giannis Masouras, who tapped it in from close range (2′).

The visitors found a 90th minute equaliser to send the match into extra time following winger Ioannis Pittas’ tap-in from just outside the goal line and the Greek champions were dealt another blow when defender Ousseynou Ba was given a red card for a poor tackle (100′).

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

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

AEK Larnaca managed a great 3-0 home triumph over SC Dnipro-1 to win the tie 5-1 on aggregate and also advance to the Europa League group stage.

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

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

Omonia won 2-0 at home against KAA Gent to take the tie 4-0 on aggregate and also advance to the Europa League group stage.

The Cypriot Cup champions went ahead after a quick counter-attack was finished off by striker Andronikos Kakoullis, who guided the ball into the bottom left (18′).

Midfielder Charalambos Charalambous went one-on-one with the goalkeeper, thanks to a quick one-two movement, scoring into the bottom right (36′) to knock out the Belgian outfit.

APOEL defeated 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, with striker Anton Maglica pouncing on the ball following a corner to knock it in (7′) before forward Danny Blum’s free kick from an awkward angle on the right side of the field deflected in off the goalkeeper (23′).

The Swedish side got one back through a great strike from left back Elias Andersson which sailed into the top left corner (68′) but forward Marquinhos ran onto an over-the-top ball to strike the ball past the advancing goalkeeper and give some hope for the hosts (74′).

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

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