Kayserispor spoils Trabzonspor’s double national dream


Trabzonspor’s double domestic dream went up in smoke after Kayserispor beat the new Süper Lig champions 4-2 in the Turkish Cup semi-final second leg on Tuesday.

With the win, hosts Kayserispor clinched their first ticket to the Turkish Cup final since 2008, with a 4-3 aggregate victory.

Overnight, however, Trabzonspor had drawn first blood. Anthony Nwakaeme managed to convert a penalty in the third minute after Lionel Carole handled the ball inside the box.

The first half ended with a 1-0 lead for the visiting team.

Kayserispor fought back early in the second half. Winger Emrah Başsan scored from a solo effort inside the box to level the game at 1-1 in the 48th minute.

Eleven minutes later, Kayserispor took the lead as Iran defender Majid Hosseini fired a right-footed shot to beat Trabzonspor goalkeeper Uğurcan Çakır.

Trabzonspor equalized in the 82nd minute when Greek midfielder Anastasios Bakasetas fired in to score with a low shot.

Kayserispor took the lead again in the 91st minute when Mame Thiam scored from the penalty spot after team-mate Başsan was fouled in the box.

With Thiam’s goal, the score was tied 3-3 on aggregate.

Kayserispor’s Başsan had one more as he dribbled past some Trabzonspor players and scored in the 96th minute in extra time to book a place in the 2022 Turkish Cup final.

The ball deflected off a Trabzonspor player to send goalkeeper Çakır the other way, making it 4-2.

Winner of the 2008 Turkish Cup, Kayserispor will face the winner of the match Sivasspor-Alanyaspor in the final.

The second leg semi-final between Sivasspor and Alanyaspor will be played on Wednesday.

Sivasspor hold a one-goal lead after winning the first leg 2-1 in the Mediterranean province of Antalya.

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