04 May 2014 22:55

The coast (no pun intended) now seems all but clear for coastal club AEL as the defending champions faltered badly in two games to hand their opponents a six point lead with three matches to play. 
It’s still mathematically possible, but it seems that APOEL are fading in the distance, having dropped valuable points with two consecutive losses - to Ermis last week and Apollon on Saturday.
AEL sits pretty on 78 and their closest rivals are in real danger of missing out on second spot too, with the blues of Limassol third on 70, just two points off the runners up position.
After all, it would mean a Champions League qualifying place.
Many put it down to sheer exhaustion as APOEL had to make a gruelling comeback to get back into contention after a dismal start.
AEL has by far been the most stable of the title contenders, with no major stumbles throughout the season. Omonia has now climbed to fourth, finding some form in the play off phase, level with Ermis on 59.Their own little battle will go down to the wire.
At the other end of the table, Aris, Doxa Katokopias and Ethnikos Achnas scored big wins yesterday and they’re locked in a tight relegation struggle with the teams separated by three points.
Aris thumped relegated AEK Kouklion 7-2 in one of the most amazing score lines of the season, Doxa was emphatic in an away 4-0 drubbing of Nea Salamina, while Ethnikos beat AEK Larnaca 2-0. The Achna side are stuck in the last relegation place and their home clash against Aris on Wednesday is a must win game.
It’s been a championship of the unexpected, but the tales are now on their last instalments, clearing up in the title race and hotting up at the bottom.


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