Storm rages past 10-man Eskisehir

The match was attended by Muharrem Usta, who was elected chairman in the club’s 70th Ordinary Congress on Sunday, and İbrahim Hacıosmanoglu, the outgoing chairman.

The win bumped Trabzon up from ninth place to eighth, displacing Caykur Rizespor. In the other Monday Spor Toto Super League week 14 match, Akhisar Belediyespor defeated Sivasspor 1-0 to reclaim its third place position from Galatasaray and İstanbul Basaksehir.

Uncertain Storm

Trabzonspor has had a troubling year and remains essentially coachless in the wake of Shota Arveladze’s departure weeks ago.

“We fought. We did not get good shots, but the shots we did get we took advantage of. Eskisehirspor was better organized,” said Sadi Tekelioglu, interim coach for Trabzon. “This is the state of the players during this period, in this congressional period. It was hard to collect ourselves again,” he added. He is operating without a contract at the moment but expects that to change to a temporary contract or otherwise with the new management.

The disgruntled home fans went wild when Costa Rica forward Cardozo received the ball from Stephane Mbia in the 17th minute and fired it past keeper Ruud Boffin for the silent stadium.

The next goal was from a penalty kick and a fateful yellow card awarded when Emre Gungor accidentally committed a spectacular handball in the box. Mehmet Ekici converted it for the Black Sea Storm’s second goal.

Thus, EsEs was already in trouble by the time Emre received his second yellow in the 75th. Nevertheless, it was Eskisehir that scored next with a man down. Sebastian Pinto put a goal away with an acrobatic bicycle kick to give the Anatolian team some hope, and they were prepared to take extra risks to try and equalize.

First game, first goal

“Trabzonspor came out with a different system and we went back to a 4-3-2-1. The game was being played at a normal tempo,” Eskisehirspor coach Samet Aybaba said. “We lost one ball and conceded. We lost another one and it was a penalty. Trabzonspor had a very open back three. If we had been able to get on with quick passes we could have been effective,” he added.

Eskisehirspor must grasp for every point it can as the club has been sitting at rock bottom in the league for the greater part of the season thus far. With just seven points — two wins and a draw — they will end up in the lower leagues if they do not creep out of the bottom three slots before the season’s end.

The Anatolian club earned a free kick in their own half. Ruud Boffin came out of goal to take it and remained out of his box as his team tried to push forward toward Trabzonspor’s goal. A long ball came back towards Boffin, and Muhammet Besir contested him for it far out of the box.

Muhammet, who had replaced Cardozo in his first ever match for Trabzon just 10 minutes earlier, won the contest and scored with a coolly taken shot into the empty net in the first minute of added time.

“We lost this match. We are not in a position to say our season is finished because of one loss; neither will we be in a position to say we are saved if we win a match. We will continue fighting,” Aybaba said. He is right, but his team will have to start earning points sometime.