Kayode scores third Europa League goal as Sivasspor grab first win

Olanrewaju Kayode - Sivasspor
The 27-year-old continued his fine goalscoring form in the secondary European competition with another effort in Sivas

Olanrewaju Kayode came off the bench to seal Sivasspor's 2-0 victory over Qarabag in Thursday's Uefa Europa League outing.

The Nigeria forward scored his third goal in the Europa League this season, two minutes from full-time after replacing Mali's Mustapha Yatabare in the 59th minute.

Hakan Arslan assisted Kayode to double the hosts' lead at the Sivas 4 Eylul Stadium, after Morocco's Faycal Fajr combined with Caner Osmanpasa to open the scoring in the 10th minute.

Although he is yet to open his goal account in the Turkish Super Lig this season, Kayode, who is on a season-long loan from Shakhtar Donetsk, has played a crucial role for Sivasspor in the Europa League with at least a goal in every game so far this campaign.

Mali goalkeeper Mamadou Samassa was also in action for Sivasspor and he kept his first clean sheet having conceded seven goals in the first two matches.

Ivory Coast's Max Gradel was introduced as a 59th-minute substitute and Ghana's Isaac Cofie was thrown into the fray in the closing stages of the encounter.

Qarabag, on the other hand, had Ghana's Owusu Kwabena in action from start to finish but he could not stretch his goalscoring run having contributed a goal in each of his last two outings.

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Thursday's result was Sivasspor's first win in Group I after suffering defeats against Villarreal and Maccabi Tel Aviv.

The Turkish top-flight club climbed to third in the standings with three points after three matches, and they travel to Azerbaijan for the return fixture against Qarabag after the international break on November 26.

Sivasspor will hope to build on their victory, which ended a four-game winless run across all competitions, when they host Galatasaray for their next league fixture on Sunday.