2014/15 UEFA Europa League, 2014 First Round
  • Mustapha Yatabaré (54')
  • Kévin Constant (86')

Trabzonspor 2-0 KSC Lokeren

Trabzonspor pulled clear in second place in Group L with a 2-0 Europa League victory over Lokeren.
The Turkish side took the lead nine minutes into the second half through Mustapha Yatabare and made sure of the points four minutes from time thanks to a goal from Kevin Constant.
Trabzonspor now sit three points behind leaders Legia Warsaw and three ahead of Belgians Lokeren.
The visitors made the better start and Koen Persoons had the first decent opening in the eighth minute but missed the target with his effort.
It was a similar story midway through the half, this time Besart Abdurahimi the man to spurn the opportunity.
Trabzonspor became more of a threat as the game went on and Constant tested Boubacar Barry in the Lokeren goal with a shot in the 34th minute.
The hosts picked up where they left off after the break and in the 54th minute they got their reward with a goal to take the lead.
It looked like the chance might have gone when Majeed Waris saw his effort blocked but from the resulting corner Mehmet Ekici picked out the head of Yatabare, who powered an unstoppable header into the net.
And, rather than Lokeren threatening a comeback, it was Trabzonspor who looked to add to their advantage.
In the 74th minute, Oscar Cardozo, part of the Benfica team beaten in the last two Europa League finals, was denied by Barry, and from the corner Yatabare saw his shot blocked.
Lokeren substitute Junior Dutra had a rare chance for Lokeren four minutes later but his shot was comfortable for Fatih Ozturk.
In the 86th minute, Trabzonspor made the game safe as Constant took Jose Bosingwa's pass and squeezed a shot past Barry at his near post.