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Sunday, 28 February 2010 08:40

Portuguese Abroad: Makukula scores in Kayserispor defeat; Rui Miguel bags brace for CSKA

Goals in Turkey, Bulgaria

Ariza Makukula was on target once again in the Turkish Super Lig this weekend, although his goal could not prevent Kayserispor from losing to champions Besiktas. Meanwhile, CSKA Sofia remain firmly in the Bulgarian title race after Rui Miguel’s double helped them to victory over Lokomotiv Plovdiv.

Kayserispor, currently in 4th place, hosted Turkish champions Besiktas at the Kayseri Kadir Has Stadium with the visitors occupying 5th place after poor opening half of the campaign. Besiktas ran out 2-1 winners thanks to first-half goals from former Sporting man Rodrigo Tello (2‘) and Ekrem Dag (30’).

Makukula pulled one back for Kayserispor with a little more than ten minutes left to play, netting his 17th goal of a prolific campaign in Turkey. The Benfica-owned striker produced a superb piece of forward play by controlling a long ball and beating Rustu Recber with a clinical low finish into the bottom corner.

The defeat means Kayserispor stay in 4th, level on points with Besiktas, but the champions now have the edge in the race for a top-four finish by virtue of having a game in hand.

In Bulgaria, former Academica forward Rui Miguel was the key protagonist as CSKA Sofia marked the league’s return from the winter break by beating Lokomotiv Plovdiv 3-2 in the capital on Saturday.

Rui Miguel, who joined CSKA from Lokomotiv Mezdra last summer, scored on 14’ and 28’ minutes, before Daniel Pancu gave the hosts a 3-0 lead during the first half, with Zdravko Lazarov pulling two back for Plovdiv from the penalty spot.

Related article: Rui Miguel scores as CSKA go top

The three points keep CSKA in second place in the table, four points adrift of leaders Lovech. CSKA, who finished as runners-up to fierce city rivals Levski last year, had been in poor form in the closing stages of the first half of the season, but the winning return to action acts a confidence booster ahead of the end-of-season run-in.

By Sean Gillen

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Comments (6)
people are forgetting
6 Monday, 01 March 2010 12:22
makukula has already scored for the seleccao. IT was a huge goal at an important time. Thats what we need and hugo almeida does not cut it.
give him a shot.....
5 Monday, 01 March 2010 00:47
I'm certainly not against giving Makukula a shot. I agree that we need our forwards to score and Makukula is big and very physical which is what Portugal need very badly.

The main knock against him for me is not necessarily that he plays in Turkey but that he hasn't had enough playing time with the Seleccao and the hour has grown late, and the world cup is right around the corner and it's probably too little too late for him. Had he maintained this form since 08' then he would definitely have a good chance.

I like Almeida, don't get me wrong, but he needs to finish better. He struck the post and had a header saved from point blank range in their Europa League game this week. He normally plays about 20-30 minutes every game and only starts once every few weeks.
We really need him (and Liedson too for that matter) to find the back of the net more consistently. That is what I like about Makukula: he scores just about every game and not only just against the bad teams (he has scored against Galatasaray and Besiktas this year). Right now, even though he plays in a weaker league, he is the most consistent goal scorer right now (aside from Cristiano Ronaldo of course).
4 Monday, 01 March 2010 00:11
your wrong. Those teams are as strong as benfica, porto and sporting. Probably even stronger. He is riding with full confidence and a forward needs this. Nuno gomes is not in form and is a terrible forward. Almeida is descent but not a top forward. Makukula has the potential to be a top goal scorer but needs an opportunity. We need forwards to score not be standing pilons on the fields.
not yet
3 Sunday, 28 February 2010 19:33
Makukula has played well, but it is for a weak team in a weak league. I'm sorry lex, but galatasaray, fenerbache, and Besiktas are not as strong as benfica, porto, and sporting and the other teams are equal to the portuguese second division. He was just decent with benfica and in the premier league. I think that Nuno Gomes is a better option off the bench for the seleccao. Portugal already have a big powerful forward, Almeida who has proven him self in the strong bundesliga.
Should get a call up
2 Sunday, 28 February 2010 16:13
Given the call ups they've had, they should at least try Makukula. I think he's only had one or two call-ups and scored, so I see nothing wrong with him. In addition this guy is massive and that's what you need up front. You don't see many people pushing him around.

I hope Benfica don't loan him out again, he's a quality player they should have on the team.
1 Sunday, 28 February 2010 15:43
Riding high and needs his chance. Makukula is a good forward who takes advantage of his opportunities. Thats what portugal needs.

Queer-eyes needs to take note. 16 goals in 18 games is quite a n achievement. For those who say the turkish league is terrible your forgetting that the top teams like besikas are as good if not better than the big three in portugal.

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