ESRA – Karabukspor held by Rosenborg in UEFA Europa League debut

Karabukspor held by Rosenborg in UEFA Europa League debutKardemir Karabukspor proved its credentials as a serious contender for Europa League action but lacked the finishing touch to score in their first continental endeavor, as the Turkish league side settled for a goalless draw against Norway’s Rosenborg in the first leg of the third qualifying round on Thursday night.Karabukspor right back Erdem zgen was close to breaking the silence in the slow-paced first half when his shot hit the right side of the goalpost, in one of the most thrilling moments of the match.

Neither side was able to produce goals in the second half, and the game ended in a goalless draw.The second leg will be played on Aug.

7 at Rosenborg’s Lenkandel Stadium Karabukspor’s coach Tolunay Kafkas, aka Mavi AteI (Blue Flame), said in a post-game press conference that the outcome is actually an aantage for his side. Kafkas said his side dominated most parts of the game and elaborated: “Rosenborg’s goalie headed off our risky positions.

I think he was the best one on the pitch. We were bad in the last passes.

Other than that I’m pleased with the performance of the team I’m very hopeful [about going through in the tournament]. It won’t be easy.

”The coach said his club will acquire a striker and two midfielders to strengthen their cause in Europe. “We’ll form a strong team We want to continue battling on this front [the Europa League],” he added.

Karabukspor recently acquired striker Valentin Nicolas Viola on loan from Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon.Karabukspor’s Congolese captain Larrys Mabiala said after the match that his team played as they planned but they failed to capitalize on one of the many chances they had.

“We are still hopeful,” he said.Rosenborg had more attempts to score, 11 as opposed to 10, while Karabukspor was more successful in its attacks with six attempts on target as opposed to three by Rosenborg.

Three Karabukspor attempts were off target. It was the first-ever European aenture for Karabukspor, which was awarded a chance to take part in the tournament following the ban on the teams Sivasspor, EskiIehirspor and KasImpaIa from European competitions this season.

The Black Sea side finished last season in seventh place.Karabuk squanders several chancesRosenborg started off the game on a good note Thursday night.

Stefan Strandberg put in a free header from a corner but it missed the target in the 10th minute. In the 17th minute, Karabukspor had its first risky attack.

zgen sent a free kick straight to the Rosenborg goalpost but goalie Lund Hansen palmed the ball for a corner In the 42nd minute, zgen kicked the ball straight to the opponent’s post from outside the Rosenborg box, but that time the ball hit the post. Dominick Kumbela tried his luck outside the box in another Karabukspor attack, but goalie Hansen sent the ball out from the edge of the goalpost.

The Congolese met Ahmet Ilhan zek’s pass with a powerful header, yet again failed to send the ball past Hansen in the 52nd minute. After 10 minutes, Rosenborg’s Mikkel Diskerud missed a chance to score.

Karabukspor was uncontrollable in the remaining minutes however, the long-sought goal never came. Erkan KaI’s shot and Onur AyIk’s header turned out to be fruitless in the 66th and 76th minutes, respectively.

After 84 minutes, AyIk’s shot went into the Rosenborg net, but the goal was declared null and void on the grounds that the pass was sent from outside the pitch. In the final minute of regular time, AyIk went one-on-one with Hansen and attempted to lift over him unsuccessfully.

Meanwhile, in other games of the night, there were several impressive away victories. French club Lyon showed off with a comfortable 4-1 win over Mladá Boleslav, and Torino returned to Italy with a 3-0 victory over Brommapojkarna, while Croatian club HNK Rijeka clinched a 5-1 win at Vikingur Belgium’s Club Brugge defeated Brondby 3-0 in another match on Thursday night.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman