Trabzonspor AŞ 2-0 Legia Warszawa
Goals at either end of a tricky encounter helped the Turkish outfit clinch a win that lifted them two points clear atop Group J.
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Trabzonspor AŞ moved two points clear atop UEFA Europa League Group J courtesy of a 2-0 home win against Legia Warszawa.
Marc Janko's goal seven minutes after kick-off and Olcan Adın's free-kick seven minutes from time did the damage to a Legia side that carved out the superior opportunities but remain rooted to the bottom of the pool on zero points.
Just as in their last home match – a 3-3 draw against SS Lazio – Trabzonspor sprang from the starting blocks. Austria captain Janko, making his first club start of the season, kept his head amid a desperate defensive scramble to stab in the rebound after his initial close-range effort had been blocked by goalkeeper Wojciech Skaba. Only one other chance of substance arrived before the interval. Tomasz Jodłowiec picked out Vladimer Dvalishvili after a terrific marauding run, but the striker's first time effort was beaten away by Onur Kıvrak.
With time and space in his favour, an unmarked Paulo Enrique subsequently contrived to miss an excellent chance early in the second period, mis-kicking a back-post volley from an excellent José Bosingwa delivery.
From then on it was one-way traffic. The impeccable timing of Mustafa Yumlu's last-ditch slide tackle prevented Jakub Kosecki from testing Kıvrak after springing the offside trap, but the goalkeeper later had to be alert to Tomasz Brzyski's drive. He then produced a superb double save to keep his side in front, denying Dvalishvili point-blank at a post before getting up and diving to parry Dominik Furman's follow-up.
After their experience against Lazio, though, Trabzonspor were determined not to let another lead slip, and they put the game beyond Legia against the run of play. Skaba misjudged Olcan's deliciously whipped free-kick from the right flank and the ball sneaked beyond his reach.