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Fenerbahçe beat Trabzonspor to retain Turkish Cup

Published: Wednesday 22 May 2013, 22.48CET
Hasan Ali Kaldırım admitted "we were at our limit" as Fenerbahçe SK capped a fine campaign with victory in the Turkish Cup final, Moussa Sow scoring the only goal against Trabzonspor AŞ.
by Türker Tozar
Fenerbahçe beat Trabzonspor to retain Turkish Cup
Moussa Sow struck the only goal for Fenerbahçe ©Getty Images
Published: Wednesday 22 May 2013, 22.48CET

Fenerbahçe beat Trabzonspor to retain Turkish Cup

Hasan Ali Kaldırım admitted "we were at our limit" as Fenerbahçe SK capped a fine campaign with victory in the Turkish Cup final, Moussa Sow scoring the only goal against Trabzonspor AŞ.

Moussa Sow's early strike was enough to secure a second successive Turkish Cup triumph for Fenerbahçe SK as the Istanbul outfit edged out Trabzonspor AŞ in Ankara.

The final was nine minutes old when Sow rounded off a counterattack with a simple finish directed past goalkeeper Tolga Zengin after collecting Mehmet Topal's pass. Trabzonspor could not find an equaliser so Aykut Kocaman, whose side finished runners-up to Galatasaray AŞ in the league, becomes the first coach to guide the Yellow Canaries to back-to-back cup successes.

For wing-back Hasan Ali Kaldırım it was just reward for a campaign that saw unprecedented success in Europe too, as Fenerbahçe reached the UEFA Europa League semi-finals. "We played around 65 matches in three different competitions this season and were at our limit," said the left-back. "Unfortunately, we lost out in the league but we kept our heads high and capped the season with a trophy. Let this silverware be a tribute to our fans."

Last updated: 23/05/13 11.41CET

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