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Friday, August 22, 2014

Good results for Trabzon and Karabuk

It was a good night for Karabukspor and Trabzonspor  in the UEFA  Europa League playoffs on Aug. 21. 

Karabukspor won it with , one-goal victory over French opponents Saint-Etienne 1-0 at home, while Trabzonspor beat Russia’s Rostov 2-0 in the first leg of the playoffs in a bid to advance to the group stages in the second-tier European club competition. 

Karabukspor forward Domi Kumbela got the solitary goal in the 60th minute with a vicious drive that clipped the post on the way in. Karab├╝kspor will advance to the Europa League group stages with a win, draw or even one-goal loss – provided it scores – in France next week.

Coach Tolunay Kafkas praised his players for executing his tactics perfectly on the pitch.

“Our opponents are really strong, both on a physical and tactical level,” Kafkas said. “My players executed very well on the pitch and we controlled most of the game.” 

Cardozo scores on debut with Trabzon...

Oscar Cardozo made his  debut with a classy strike during his team’s 2-0 win over Rostov. 

Algerian defender Carl Medjani tapped in the opener, also scoring on his debut on 37 minutes, despite appearing to be in an offside position.

Cardozo doubled the lead in the 73rd minute when he intercepted the ball outside the penalty area and chipped the ball over Rostov’s Croatian goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa.

Cardozo and Medjani, along with former AC Milan winger Kevin Constant and Algerian defender Essaid Belkalem, are among the top signings for Trabzonspor, which was the most active Turkish club during the transfer window. 

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