Anorthosis’ late 2-1 defeat at the Ammochostos Stadium is the first in the league this season.
Armend Alimi had given hosts the lead on 62 and although Ricardo Laborde appeared to rescue a point for Anorthosis ten minutes from time, Cypriot under-21 international Nicos Englezou struck a long range free-kick which eluded the Anorthosis defence and goalkeeper Christos Mastrou to gift his side the crucial three points.
Nea Salamina had previously missed an excellent chance to score when Helio Roque stuck the woodwork.
“Where didn’t play well today but that doesn’t mean that when we are not on form we need to be punished further from the mistakes of others”, commented Anorthosis spokesman Alexandros Alexandrou – referring to the match referee Marios Panayi. “We believe that we lost the game from the mistakes of others – mistakes that decided the outcome of the match. And I am referring to the two goals that Salamina scored.”
The defeat was followed by scenes of violence as some fans clashed with police and caused damage to the stadium.
According to police, a group of Anorthosis fans through stones and broke windows while two police officers were later treated for injuries.
In other games on the weekend, a George Efrem brace helped Omonia to a 3-0 win over Doxa while title holders AEL secured an important 3-1 win away to Ethnikos Achnas.
Apollon needed a late from Angelis Charalambous to down Alki 2-1 while Olympiakso Nicosia suffered their second defeat in succession after losing 3-2 at home to Enosis Neon Paralimniou

First Division Championship 2012/2013


A B
1 ANORTHOSIS FAMAGUSTA 21 54
2 APOEL NICOSIA 20 48
3 AEK LARNAKAS 20 44
4 AEL LIMASSOL 21 40
5 OMONIA NICOSIA 21 38
6 APOLLON LIMASSOL 21 36
7 ENOSIS NEON PARALIMNIOU FC 21 23
8 DOXA KATOKOPIA 21 23
9 NEA SALAMIS FC 21 19
10 OLYMPIAKOS NICOSIA 21 18
11 ETHNIKOS ACHNAS 21 17
12 ALKI LARNAKAS 21 15
13 AYIA NAPA 20 8
14 AEP PAPHOS 20 6

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