Ketil Reykdal, Omonia Nicosia | A very important win in extra time for the compact Reykdal

Ketil Reykdal, Omonia Nicosia |  A very important win in extra time for the compact Reykdal

Apollon Limassol – Omonia Nicosia 1-2:

Norwegian coaching duo Ketil Reykdal and Geir Freegard are likely to face a quieter few days after a particularly important three points for Omonia Nicosia on Sunday evening.

The victory was achieved in the final seconds, away from neighbors Apollon Limassol and the departing Norwegian striker Mushaga Bakinga.

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The winning goal in Omonia's victory was scored by Brazilian substitute Marquinhos Cipriano, a full six minutes into extra time of the second half.

The host team and former French national team, Mathieu Valbuena, also missed a penalty kick during the close match.

Early in the match, it was former Czech Vålerenga player Jan Lecjaks who set up the key goal for Reykdal and co.

However, it seemed that important points would be lost to Omonia when Chilean Angelo Sagal, who came on as a substitute for Bakinga, equalized four minutes before the end of normal time.

The away win moved Omonia one place in the table to fifth.

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Reykdal's team surpassed Anorthosis Famagusta by one point, and the team settled for a 2-2 draw at home against fourth-placed Paphos.

The suspended difference between Omonia and Apollon Limassol in seventh place increased from five to eight points with Sunday's result. The Cyprus Grand Prix Series is split after 26 rounds, and only the top six are able to play in the series championship.

Recently, Swedish Jesper Jansson was fired from his job as sporting director at Omonia Nicosia. He has served in the role since June last year, and was pivotal in Reykdal's appointment as the new head coach in January.

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Training mates Reykdal and Freegard were fired last summer at Rosenborg after a poor start to the 2023 season.

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