Trabzonspor defeat Inter Milan in UEFA Champions League

Turkish football team Trabzonspor defeated Italian giants Inter Milan in their first ever Champions League match on Wednesday at the San Siro.

The 2010 Champions were humbled at home by Ondrej Celustka’s goal 14 minutes from time to leave Trabzonspor top of their Champions League Group B.

Trabzonspor, Turkish League runners-up last year, are only in the Champions League as Turkish champions Fenerbahce were forced to withdraw amid allegations of match fixing in Turkey. Trabzonspor have grasped their opportunity with both hands and recorded a historic result with the defeat of Inter Milan.

Inter spurned numerous chances to win the game themselves, substitute Diego Milito had two close chances saved by the Tranzonspor goalkeeper, while new signing Mauro Zarate and Giampaolo Pazzini also failed to convert good goal scoring chances. The result leaves new Inter coach Gian Piero Gasperini winless in his first three matches in charge and already facing stark criticism in the Italian media.

The result for Trabzonspor is a shining light in an otherwise dark period for Turkish football. Turkish football is currently rife with allegations of match fixing and corruption. The result will provide Turkish football with a well needed boost as the Turkish Football Federation look to clean up the league.

Trabzonspor next play in the Champions League on September 27th when the host French Champions Lille who drew 2-2 at home against Russian team CSKA Moscow, Inter go to Moscow for their next match in what will be another tough test for the Italians.

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