AEL missed a glorious chance to catch 8second place APOEL and move to within two points of leaders AEK on Sunday after being held to a shock 1-1 draw against AEZ.
Pambos Christodoulou’s side had run into a resilient AEZ side that even took the game to a poor AEL on a number of occasions. It wasn’t until the 68 minute that AEL finally managed to break the deadlock even if it was against the run of play – Lucas Souza’s deflected strike finding its way past Athos Chrysostomou.
Newcomers AEZ, who had Douglas sent off for picking up a second booking, snatched a dramatic equaliser in stoppage time when Mohammed Sassi smashed a first time volley past Romo.
There was also bad news for Ermis Aradippou who suffered a 2-1 reverse at home to Nea Salamina. Edward Mashinya had managed to draw the Aradippou club level after Alfonso Artabe had turned the ball past his own keeper.
Giorgos Kolokoudias – who got a rare start – rewarded the faith of his manager by heading in the winner on 56 minutes.
Elsewhere, Apollon boss Pedro Emanuel had another lucky escape as his side grabbed a late victory away to relegation battlers Doxa – Paulo Vinicius struck the only goal in stoppage time.