APOEL celebrated their 20th Cyprus Coca-Cola Cup triumph on Wednesday night after beating first time finalists Ermis Aradippou 2-0 at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia.
Giorgos Donis’ players entered the pitch determined to win, reaching their first goal in 6’ with Tomás De Vincenti and sending the fans into celebration mode from early on.
Ermis managed to balance out the game after 15’, with the only remarkable moments being two attempts by Manú in 19’ and 29’ and a header by Paulo Pina in 35’.
In 27’ Gustavo Manduca was replaced by Tiago Gomes after being injured and in 28’ Cillian Sheridan scored his team’s second goal.
In the second half, Nicos Panayiotou’s team tried to score but was not able to threaten Chiotis, while APOEL opted for a more conservative tempo as the game expired and APOEL conquered the 20th Cup in the team’s history.
The award ceremony started approximately 30 minutes after the game finished, as organisers struggled to fix a celebratory banner in the middle of the field. Captain Constantinos Charalambides and former captain Marinos Satsias who announced his retirement last month lifted the Cup, sending players and fans into a frenzy.
Giorgos Donis’ APOEL, who had picked up the Cyprus Super Cup at the start of the season, are now sweating on the Cyprus Football Association (CFA) tribunal ruling to know if they will also be crowned champions after their league decider against AEL on Saturday was abandoned at 0-0 on 50 minutes after crowd trouble. If the tribunal hands APOEL the three points, then they will clinch their 23rd championship crown on a better head-to-head record to that of current leaders AEL.
Nicos Panagiotou’s Ermis, who have already secured Europa League football for the first time next season after their impressive fourth place finish in the league championship, will now turn their attention to the third qualifying round of the Europa League. At the same time, third place Apollon Limassol will move into the playoff stage of the same European competition.
APOEL will be in action in the Champions League third qualifying round along with AEL while Omonia will start in the second qualifying round of the Europa League.
Ermis have never won a major domestic trophy.