OKAN UDO BASSEY – EskiIehir weathers Black Sea Storm at Huseyin Avni Aker

EskiIehir weathers Black Sea Storm at Huseyin Avni AkerTrabzonspor, aka the Black Sea Storm, had not lost at home in seven Spor Toto Super League matches this season prior to Monday — winning four and drawing three. But that unbeaten home league record came to an abrupt end on Monday when ErtuIrul SaIlam and the EskiIehir lads outclassed, outwitted, outplayed and outscored the Storm 4-1 at HuIeyin Avni Aker Stadium in Trabzon.

Young Argentina striker Rogelio Gabriel Funes Mori opened the scoring for EskiIehirspor in the 32nd minute, beating onrushing Trabzonspor keeper Ibrahim Demir from close range following a well-timed pass from the left by 22-year-old London-born striker Kandacircmil Ahmet reki. And the first half ended 1-0: aantage EskiIehirsporEskiIehirspor increased the margin to 2-0 in the 72nd minute when Hamburg-born striker mer IiImanoIlu scored a cracker after a perfect pass from Cote dandrsquoIvoire winger Ibrahim Sissoko — the man of the match.

Fenerbahe reject zer HurmacI headed home a cross from the left flank by Berlin-born midfielder Sefa YIlmaz in the 76th to reduce the deficit to 2-1 for Trabzonspor But that goal did the Storm more harm than good as it opened the way for greater calamity against the Storm As Yanalandrsquos men pushed forward for that elusive equalizer, they left gaping holes in midfield and defense and EskiIehirspor moved into the vacuummer scored a brace in the 78th to make it 3-1, tapping a cross from the left by Berlin-born forward Anda Guleryuz into the back of the net. And Anda sealed the deal in the third minute of added time (93rd), beating the Trabzonspor keeper for the fourth time in the match after another perfect pass from Sissoko.

EskiIehirspor coach SaIlam was a very happy man after the match. andldquoTrabzonspor had been playing top-class football in recent weeks,andrdquo he said.

andldquoThe team likes to move men forward, but that leaves them with certain flaws. If they [Trabzonspor] lose the ball while attacking, they fight back en masse.

But if you can withstand this pressure and gain control of the ball, you will be right in front of their defense. We worked on these tactics all week long, and our second and fourth goals were scored from these positions,andrdquo he noted.

This was second defeat for Ersun Yanal — who took over from Bosnian Vahid Halilhodzic in week 10 — in his second coming as Trabzonspor coach. Yanal may have thought that his team had turned the corner when the Storm crushed Galatasaray 3-0 away in Istanbul in week 10 and Ankaraandrsquos GenlerbirliIi 4-1 in Trabzon the following week.

But dark clouds descended thicker and blacker on the Storm in week 12 when Yanalandrsquos men were bashed 3-0 away by leader BeIiktaI. Trabzonspor seemingly recovered in week 13 to edge struggling aykur Rizespor 3-2 at home in a Black Sea derby and came from behind last Saturday to hold Bursaspor 3-3 away in week 14.

On Monday, it was a completed rout in week 15.andldquoI did not expect us to be so disorganized,andrdquo Yanal said.

andldquoWe lost all discipline after the second goal and virtually raised the white flag of surrender,andrdquo he further lamented.It is indeed always a pleasure to watch a match involving a team coached by Yanal because, more often than not, it is a goal fest.

Yanalandrsquos team either scores many goals, concedes many or scores as many as it concedes.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman