Lille's Yazici nets 7 goals in one Europa League season

AMSTERDAM - (lr) Yusuf Yazici of Lille OSC scores 1-1, Ajax goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg during the UEFA Europa League match between Ajax Amsterdam and Lille OSC in the Johan Cruijff Arena on February 25, 2021 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Lille’s Turkish midfielder Yusuf Yazici scored his seventh goal in the 2020-21 UEFA Europa League (UEL) Thursday to have the most UEL goals among all Turkish players in a single season. 

The achievement came as Dutch football powerhouse Ajax Amsterdam earned a 2-1 win to knock the French club out of the Europa League.

Yazici scored the equalizer from a penalty kick in the 78th minute to reach seven goals in the 2020-21 Europa League campaign.

In the Europa League group phase, the 24-year-old scored a hat-trick twice against Czech club Sparta Prague and Italy's AC Milan.

Yazici is an integral player for Lille as he also scored seven goals in 22 French Ligue 1 matches this season.

The Turkish international is a versatile player in the offense as he can play as a second striker, attacking midfielder or right winger on the pitch.

Before his move to Lille in 2019, Yazici played for Turkish team Trabzonspor.


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