Five Latin Americans Feature For Trabzonspor In First Leg of Round of 16 Turkish Cup Draw
This Wednesday, Trabzonspor traveled to the Konya Büyükşehir Stadium to face Konyaspor in the first leg of a round of 16 fixture in the Turkish Cup. The Black Sea Storm had defeated BB Erzurumspor by an aggregate score of 9-1 in the fifth round of the cup, Colombian striker Hugo Rodallega had netted himself a brace in the second leg of that matchup. Konyaspor had also come off a pretty impressive victory in the fifth round of the cup, a 5-0 win on aggregate against Batman Petrolspor. Trabzonspor came out of this round of 16 first leg with a slim 1-0 loss in what proved to be a very intense game.
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Five Latin American players featured in the game for Rıza Çalımbay’s team including Costa Rican goalkeeper Esteban Alvarado, the Argentines, Emanuel Mas and Jose Sosa and the Colombians Hugo Rodallega and Fabian Castillo. Alvarado, Mas, Sosa and Rodallega all started and played the full game while Castillo received 26 minutes off the bench. All five players do not usually get consistent playing time for the Black Sea Storm in the Turkish Süper Lig and it was refreshing to see them get playing time in this game. Trabzonspor has a five-game winning streak at home and has outscored its opponents 15-5 in this run, which should translate into a positive second leg.