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Apollon’s Papoulis halts APOEL title charge

Apollon Limassol pulled themselves back into the title race on Thursday after beating league leaders APOEL 1-0 in Limassol.

The victory – which was settled by Fotis Papoulis’ first half strike – means that Sofronis Avgoustis’ side are now only four points behind Thomas Christiansen’s men with five games still to go in the end-of-season playoffs.

The title race will resume after the Easter break with APOEL currently the favourites once again to clinch a record-equalling fifth consecutive league title despite the defeat in Limassol.

The Limassol hosts took the lead just before halftime when Spanish defender Inaki Astiz poor clearance fell into the path of Fotis Papoulis who struck a rasping effort on the volley past APOEL keeper Boy Waterman.

APOEL came out firing after the interval but were struggling to find a way past Bruno Vale. This forced the hand of Christiansen who brought on strikers David Barral and Igor de Camargo but not for the first time this season, the new signings failed to make an impact.

At the other end, defender Mario Sergio almost came back to haunt his former club when he missed a massive chance while Anton Maglica saw his shot hit the woodwork.

In the other game on Thursday, Doxa’s relegation fears deepened after they could only draw 0-0 at Nea Salamina to remain rooted at the bottom of their relegation group.

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