Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Benfica pile on misery for Trabzonspor

PARIS, France, July 28 – Benfica claimed a 2-0 win over Trabzonspor in the Champions League third qualifying round first leg, piling on more misery for the Turkish game which is embroiled in a corruption scandal.

The Portuguese side, twice winners of the tournament, on Wednesday dominated the tie but had to wait until the 71st minute to open their account when debutant Nolito, recently signed from Barcelona, found the target.

Nicolas Gaitan added the second two minutes from time to give the Portuguese a two-goal cushion to defend in next Wednesday’s second leg.

Tranzonspor, who finished runners-up in the Turkish league last season, went into the game having been implicated in the massive match-fixing scandal that has rocked the country and which has also taken in champions Besiktas and another of the country’s biggest clubs, Fenerbahce.

Sadri Sener, the president of Trabzonspor, was arrested but released on condition that he remains in Turkey.

Some 30 people have been charged and jailed pending trial month as part of the investigation while, earlier this week, the start of the new league season was put back by a month.

Elsewhere on Wednesday, Greek side Panathinaikos, who played in the group stages last season, were held 1-1 at Danish side Odense.

Sebastian Leto gave the Greeks the lead early in the second half before the home side levelled in injury time thanks to a header from centre-back Tore Reginiussen.

In Trondheim, Vaclav Pilar gave Czech champions Viktoria Plzen, playing in Europe for the first time in 39 years, a 1-0 advantage over Rosenborg.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

FC Copenhagen, who reached the round of 16 last season, edged Irish side Shamrock Rovers 1-0 with Solvi Ottesen scoring with a fourth-minute header.

HJK Helsinki lost 2-1 at home to Croatia’s Dinamo Zagreb, Israel’s Maccabi Haifa defeated Maribor of Slovenia 2-1 while Standard Liege of Belgium and Swiss opponents FC Zurich ended 1-1.

The second legs of the third qualifying round take place next week with the winners advancing to the play-off round.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


More on Capital Sports


NAIROBI, Kenya, May 25 – There is light at the end of the tunnel. After failed promises over the last three years since its...


NAIROBI, Kenya, June 8 – Olympic Champion Caster Semenya and wife Violet Raseboya have hinted that they might be expecting a baby in a...


NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 13 – Kenya’s history making Daniel Adongo, the first Kenyan to play in America’s National Football League (NFL), is now living...


NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 15 – Daniel Wanjiru, the 2017 London Marathon champion has been slapped with a four-year ban by the World Athletics Disciplinary...

© 2020 Capital Digital Media. Capital Group Limited. All Rights Reserved