Ivan Trickovski shortly after his first goal; photo: apoelfc.com.cy

Hat-trick for Ivan Trickovski

Ivan Trickovski shortly after his first goal; photo: apoelfc.com.cyIvan Trickovski was easily the man of the match for APOEL as he scored a hat-trick to help his side record a 3:0 home victory over AEK Larnaca.

Ivan Trickovski played just behind the lone striker Esteban Solari for APOEL and ended up taking part in the entire game.  APOEL was pretty quiet in the opening 30 minutes but then Trickovski gave his team the lead in the 32nd minute when Solari found Trickovski whose shot from the edge of the area took a slight deflection before going past the hapless opposing keeper.  Trickovski stayed aggressive and came close to scoring another goal in the 43rd minute but his powerful shot was cleared off the line in an impressive fashion by a AEK Larnaca player just before the ball was getting ready to reach the back of the net.

However, in the 80th minute, with APOEL still leading just 1:0, Tricko controlled a pass from teammate Nektarios Alexandrou following a throw in from the left and scored his second goal of the game with a nice chip over the AEK Larnaca keeper.  Finally, Ivan got his hat-trick in the second minute of stoppage time in the 90th minute when he scored with a shot from outside of the box that also took a deflection, thus giving the frustrated keeper of the visitors no chance at saving the shot.

Video of the first goal (at 0:54), second goal (at 4:05), and third goal (at 5:16): 

With the win, APOEL remained in first place on the table with 32 points which is one more point than Omonia who also celebrated a 3:0 victory today in their road game against Nikola Gligorov and Alki.

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