ESRA – Sefa helps Trabzon return to winning ways in Super League

Sefa helps Trabzon return to winning ways in Super LeagueSefa YIlmaz scored twice to help Trabzonspor rediscover its winning ways with a 3-2 victory over aykur Rizespor in their Spor Toto Super League Black Sea derby at Huseyin Avni Aker Stadium and keep title tilt on track for Ersun Yanal’s side on Monday evening. Yanal’s men did not have it easy against struggling fellow Black Sea side Rizespor Most parts of the game were tied until Sefa, as the striker is called, came to the rescue and handed Trabzonspor a much-needed win to continue the chase of the leaders of the pack in the Super League.

The Storm reclaimed the fifth spot in the rankings, trailing leader BeIiktaI by eight points. aykur Rizespor, extending its losing streak to five, stayed in the relegation zone, garnering 10 points among a possible 39.

Having joined Trabzonspor about a month ago to replace Vahid Halilhodzic, Yanal saw his first defeat two weeks ago in the derby with BeIiktaI, and that was followed by another loss in the Europa League to Legia Warsaw. In the closing act of Super League week 13, Yanal and his Trabzonspor clinched their fourth win in the last five league matches.

The coach said in his post-game remarks that his arrival changed things positively at Trabzonspor He noted that some players used their creativity and steered the game in their favor andquotaykur Rizespor played with a high tempo. But we still won the game,andquot he said.

Yanal recalled the busy schedule of his side: andquotAt the same time, our players are pursuing success on three fronts [domestic league, Turkish Cup and Europa League]. You play Wednesday-Sunday and need to get a good rotation [of players].

andquot Rizespor coach Hikmet Karaman started off his post at Rizespor with a defeat but he was still hopeful about his team After the match he said his team did a good job tactic-wise but faltered on defense. andquotWe needed to seal the deal in the first 45 minutes.

We could end the first half 3-1 or 4-1. We trailed throughout the match, which can demoralize a team psychologically,andquot he said, adding that former coach Mehmet zdilek left behind a good team On the pitch, Carl Medjani opened the scoring for Trabzonspor in the 11th minute.

The Algerian midfielder converted Mehmet Ekici’s corner with a header in Rizespor’s box. The visitors were the more attacking side after conceding the first goal, and their efforts paid off in the 28th minute when Deniz Kadah found the net after a header from teammate Ousmane Viera hit the crossbar Both sides had important opportunities to score but the first half ended in a 1-1 draw.

Yanal’s men started off the second half more motivated. Yusuf ErdoIan sent a cross to the back post where Sefa found the net with a header in the 57th minute to make it 2-1.

Trabzon celebrations had to be cut short with Rizespor’s Cameroon forward Leonard Kweuke responding in the 65th with an equalizer: 2-2. Trabzonspor dominated the rest of the game pursuing a win, and Sefa was in the right place at the right time for the winning shot in the 75th minute.

Yusuf provided his second assist for Sefa, who sent the ball softly into the Rizespor net: 3-2.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman