CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON - Monday, May 16, 2011
Freddy Adu picked up an assist in Rizespor's important win over Samsunspor while Jozy Altidore saw second half action over Bursaspor.
Samsunspor 1 - 2 Caykur Rizespor
Rizespor capped off their season with a resounding win over the league leaders, clinching a spot in the promotion play-off and spoiling Samsun's championship aspirations in the process.
Freddy Adu assisted on the opening goal and went the distance as a starter.
Koray Avcı got the ball rolling for the visitors at the edge of the goal box, heading home a Freddy Adu corner from the right side for the 1-0 lead after 11 minutes.
Just after a half-hour of play, Çağrı Yarkın made a fool of Samsun custodian Ahmet Şahin, trapping down his attempted goal kick in the midfield and immediately firing from 30 yards out just inside the right post for a 2-0 lead.
The hosts fought back in the 58th minute, when Nigerian striker Akeem Agbetu was on the tail end of a Samsun drive down the field and slotted past Rize keeper Selçuk Görmüş to make the score 2-1.
Rize held on for the win and claimed the fourth spot in the final standings, setting up a home-and-away playoff with fifth place Orduspor that begins next Monday in Ordu.
Jozy Altidore appeared in the final 16 minutes of Bursaspor's 3-0 battering of Kasimpasa.