Sivasspor lose to Maccabi Tel Aviv 2-1 in Europa League


Turkey’s Demir Grup Sivasspor were defeated 2-1 by Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv 2-1 in a UEFA Europa League Group match Thursday.

The sides played to a scoreless half at Sivas Yeni 4 Eylul Stadium.

But Nigerian forward Olarenwaju Kayode scored the opener for Sivasspor in minute 55.

In the 67th minute, Maccabi’s Eyal Golasa was brought down by French defender Samba Camara in the penalty area — awarding Maccabi Tel Aviv a penalty kick.

Camara was shown a red card before Dan Biton successfully converted the kick to tie the score.

In the 74th minute, the visiting side found a second and winning goal with Dor Peretz’s close-range header.

In the other game in the group, Azerbaijan’s Qarabag lost 3-1 to Spain’s Villarreal at Istanbul’s Fatih Terim Stadium.

Following the results, Villarreal tops Group I with six points, while Maccabi Tel Aviv is in second, also with six points.

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