must defeat group leaders Schalke in Gelsenkirchen and then hope that second-placed Sparta Prague fail to win at home to Asteras Tripolis on Thursday in order to have a realistic chance of reaching the knockout phase of the Europa League.
According to the agreement, MTN continues to be the official sponsor of the APOEL
jersey for the Cypriot championship until 2015, for an amount of 1.
Nicosia, the first Cypriot side to reach the last 16, showed no attacking intent - they did not have a shot until the 88th minute - and for most of the match looked like they might hang on.
were level in the 14th minute after Canvenaghi created space for himself outside the box and sidefooted the ball past keeper Panagi.
The nine-times European champions dominated the match but APOEL
, the first Cypriot side to reach the last 16 of Europe's premier club competition, defended solidly to frustrate their Spanish opponents until the last 15 minutes.
are not shy when it comes to defending with 11 men behind the ball.
lost the game against Asteras Tripolis 2-0 but that appeared on Friday to be the least of their problems as they were looking at a stiff punishment from European football governing body UEFA.
FC ranked 223rd in the list of world's clubs for the 21st century.
had the fewest goals (six), shots on target (17) and corners (17) than any other qualifier, although no team picked up more yellow cards than the Cypriots.
We had one bad half against APOEL
, in a game we didn't need to win, and that can happen.
In the meeting between the two in Nicosia a fortnight ago, Asteras' Argentine playmaker Facundo Bertoglio wreaked havoc for the APOEL
defence and the same player would cause similar problems on Thursday.
UEFA vice president Marios Lefkaritis said he was delighted with the score, but having seen the latest games of the Spanish star clubs, said he hoped APOEL
would not be drawn with Real Madrid or Barcelona.