Turkish Recap: Haji Wright Scores 2 Goals in Antalyaspor Loss

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Haji Wright continued his hot goal-scoring form for Antalyaspor as he bagged both goals for his team in a heavy loss to Gaziantep.

Gaziantep 5-2 Antalyaspor

Haji Wright put Antalyaspor into the lead with his two goals, but they had no response afterward as Gaziantep hit them with four unanswered strikes to send them to defeat at the Yeni Hatay Stadium.

Wright was the top man for his team as he completed 80 percent of his passes and won four duels on top of taking four shots.

The visitors gifted Gaziantep the opening goal after 28 minutes when goalkeeper Ruud Boffin passed the ball to Lazar Markovic. The Serbian then passed the ball to a wide-open Joao Figueiredo who slammed his shot home.

Antalyaspor would respond nine minutes later through their American forward as his teammate Fredy sent a through-ball into his path and he did not as he curled his shot around Gaziantep goalkeeper Gunay Guvenc.

Wright put Antalyaspor in the lead in the 40th minute as Fredy provided a nearly carbon-copy play to set up the No.9 for another goal.

The momentum had clearly shifted to the visitors, but they could not capitalize on their advantage in the second half as Gaziantep took over from that points.

The hosts leveled the score in the 54th minute when Antalyaspor failed to clear the ball from their area, allowing Stelios Kitsiou to pass the ball to Figueiredo to put in the back of the net. Toma Pekhart followed up four minutes later to give his team the lead for good.

Anyelo Sagal added a fourth for Gaziantep in the 67th minute when he outran the others to pounce on the loose ball and put it past Boffin. Figueiredo sealed his hat-trick and the game in the 73rd minute when another breakaway gave him all the time to score.

The leaves Antalyaspor in sixth place in the standings on six points.


Gboly Ariyibi came on to play 15 minutes for Ankaragucu in their 4-1 defeat to Fatih Karagumruk.


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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