Turkish Recap: Haji Wright Scores Winner for Antalyaspor

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There seems to be no stopping Haji Wright at the moment as he scored the game-winner for Antalyaspor in their victory over Konyaspor.

Antalyaspor 3-2 Konyaspor

In a thrilling first half that had four goals, Haji Wright had the last word as he put away the game-winning penalty to give Antalyaspor all three points over Konyaspor at the Antalya Stadium.

The striker played well in his 80 minutes on the field, completing 69 percent of his passes and winning three duels along with three shots.

Goals started to come from both sides within the first 16 minutes of the contest.

Konyaspor opened the scoring after five minutes when the referee pointed to the spot for a penalty after Luiz Adriano kick missed the ball, but hit Endri Cekici on the backside. Guilherme stepped up and sent the goalkeeper the wrong way to bury his shot.

The hosts leveled the score four minutes later through Luiz Adriano as he redeemed himself from his previous infraction to pounce on the loose in the six-yard box to blast it home.

Cekici responded by giving Konyaspor the lead again in the 13th minute with a free-kick that his the underside of the crossbar before crossing over the goal line.

Alassane Ndao grabbed the equalizer three minutes later as he was on the spot to tap in a low cross from Fredy.

The chances did not stop in the first half as both sides continued to push for goals, with near misses coming at both ends. A thrilling half would end with a level score, but anticipation was high for what would come in store in the second interval.

Controversy would arise in the 63rd minute when the referee pointed to the spot for a penalty. Doukan Sinik was judged to have been brought down in the area, while Konyaspor players protested that it was a dive. However, the referee’s decision stood, leaving Wright the chance to step up and convert the spot-kick to extend his goal-scoring streak and give him 13 on the season.

Konyaspor tried to find the goal to steal a point, but their efforts were all in vain in the end.

The win moves Antalyaspor up to eighth place in the standings with 55 points.


Elsewhere in the Super Lig, Tyler Boyd watched from the bench as relegation-bound Rizespor came away with a 3-1 win over Yeni Malatyaspor.


Kenya Brown

Born in America, but raised in Europe and Asia, Kenya has loved soccer ever since his parents put a ball at his feet. While covering some of the top U.S. players around Europe, he loves putting the spotlight on players who are based in leagues off the beaten path. He also interviews coaches and other people in the game to gain more insight.

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