Ermis Aradippou made history last night after booking their place in the semifinals of the Cyprus Coca-Cola Cup for the first time following a 2- victory over AEK Larnaca.
The first leg between the two sides had ended in a 0-0 draw at the GSZ Stadium. Ermis will now join holders Apollon Limassol, APOEL and first-time semifinalists Doxa Katokopia.
Hosts Ermis broke the deadlock in the tie when Matthieu Bemba collected a pass from Marco Tagbajumi and rifled his shot past AEK’s Spanish keeper Miguel Escalona in the 35th minute.
AEK’s problems went from bad to worse barely ten minutes later when Dutch winger Nassir Maachi was shown a second yellow by match official Christos Nicolaides for diving after tumbling in the Ermis area.
Ermis made it 2-0 with a hotly contested penalty converted by Enrique in the 92nd minute. The game was interrupted for about 10 minutes after AEK fans, enraged by the referee’s decision to award the controversial penalty, pelted the stadium with obejcts.
The date for the semifinal draw will be announced soon. The semi-final matches have been set to be played on April 2 and 9 while the final will take place on May 21. The Cyprus Football Association (CFA) made some changes to this season’s format mainly due to the split in the Cypriot Second Division which now features B1 and B2 leagues. The number of teams in the Cup competition increased from 28 to 30.