Pristina, May 22, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Elton Tota
Kosovo conceded a serious defeat in its second international friendly football match. Turkey showed that it was clearly stronger than Kosovo and despite the absence of the big stars of the team, it defeated Kosovo 6 goals to 1 in the “Adem Jashari” Olympic stadium in Mitrovica.
The guests were more concrete in their game, while Kosovo lacked organization and communication between players on the field. Turkey immediately scored in the second minute through Ahmet Illhan Ozek. Several saves from the goalkeeper of Pristina, Kusthtrim Mushica denied Turkey the second goal until the 34th minute, when Bilal Kisa doubled the advantage for the guests.
A minute later, attacker Albert Bunjaku scored the first goal in the history of Kosovo, narrowing the advantage of the guests. In the second half, Turkey dominated in general and scored the third goal through Olcay Sahan in the 49th minute.
Mustafa Pektemek scored another two goals in the 54th and 71st minute, before Alper Potuk sealed the final score through a penalty in the 87th minute.
The fans in the stadium were not offering a very heated atmosphere either. Except for the moment when Kosovo scored, they were not very enthusiastic during the rest of the game.
President of the Football Federation of Kosovo, Fadil Vokrri declared that he expected a defeat in the friendly match against Turkey and that he’s not surprised by the 6 to 1 defeat. “We knew what sort of opponent we had to deal with and this came as no surprise for me although the defeat was deep”, said Vokrri after the match.
Prime minister Hashim Thaci defended the national team of Kosovo after the match which he followed in the stadium. He compared this with the defeat that Bayern Munich conceded a few weeks ago 5 goals to nil against Real Madrid in the Champions League.
“Bayer Munich too was beaten 5 goals to nil by Real Madrid. Go on, Kosovo! Congratulations to Turkey”, said Thaci. /ibna/