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Salamina and Anorthosis play out thrilling draw

Joel Damahou scored a late goal to rescue a point for Nea Salamina in the Famagusta derby against Anorthosis in the only CYTA Championship game on Sunday

The 1-1 draw capped off an exciting game in which both sides played some attractive football and missed many chances. Ruben Rayos had given Anorthosis a first half lead when his freekick evaded everyone and flew beyond Robert Veselovsky.

Hosts Nea Salamina – who had former player Liasos Louca in the dugout as coach for the first time – hit the woodwork twice while at the other end Anorthosis missed an open goal.

Damahou eventually struck late on to salvage a draw for Salvage after meeting Gaston Sangoy’s cross with his head to beat Ariel Harush.

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On Saturday, Alki Oroklini clinched a famous win after beating Ethnikos Achnas 1-0 away in their debut season in the top flight, since reemerging from bankruptcy under a new name and identity.

AEL had also defeated Limassol rivals 1-0 with Ismael Sassi scoring with a last-gasp header.

Three of the games on the opening day of the season have been postponed because APOEL, Apollon and AEK Larnaca are all in European action. The postponed games are: Ermis-APOEL, Omonia-AEK and Paphos FC-Apollon.

In the only game on Monday, Olympiakos Nicosia will face Doxa Katokopia at the Makarios Stadium.

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