Thursday, 8 March 2012

Cyprus Celebrates as APOEL Advances to Champions League QFinals

Menelaos Hadjicostis - Associated Press

GSP stadium in Nicosia, Cyprus, Wednesday, March 7, 2012.
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — APOEL Nicosia extended its improbable run in the Champions League after a pair of saves from goalkeeper Dionisios Chiotis gave the Cypriot club a 4-3 penalty shootout victory over Lyon for a place in the quarterfinals. Chiotis made two nearly identical saves by diving to his left to block penalties from Alexandre Lacazette and Michel Bastos while APOEL converted all four of its own spot kicks to stun the French club.
The game finished 1-0 to APOEL after regulation for a 1-1 aggregate score, and neither side could break the deadlock in extra time, despite the hosts going down to 10 men when goalscorer Gustavo Manduca was given his second booking with six minutes left.

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