All Whites find Joey Champness capped a memorable week with a superb solo goal in a Turkish Super League derby that saw a red card for fellow New Zealander Tyler Boyd.
Champness – who also serves as a rapper – made one of the All Whites’ most successful debuts in many years with an outstanding performance in a 1-0 win over Bahrain in the Middle East last Wednesday.
The 24-year-old returned to his Giresunspor club for his Black Sea derby against Ãaykur Rizespor on Saturday (Sunday New Zealand time).
Champness came off the bench in the 81st minute and scored the deciding goal in the fourth minute of added time.
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He hit a defender with a back header by a Rizepor player, cut to the right side and bypassed the goalkeeper to get the signature before outwitting another opponent and inserting the ball into the net for his first goal in the Super League.
At the bottom of the table, Rizespor was reduced to 10 men from the 121st minute when Boyd, playing at right-back, was sent off for a clumsy foul just outside the penalty area.
Giresunspor took the lead in the 62nd after Rizepor’s Selim Ay cut a ball into his own net.
Champness’s strike confirmed the second win of the season for the newly promoted side.
Champness, born in Auckland and raised in Queensland, has joined Giresunspor this season after stints in the A-League with the Newcastle Jets and Brisbane Roar.
The derby victory was only his second appearance for the club.
He played for the New Zealand OlyWhites at the Tokyo Olympics in August.
Boyd, 26, born in Tauranga, is in Rizespor on loan from Turkish giants BeÅiktaÅ
The former Wellington Phoenix winger, who has an American mother and spent part of his youth in California, played five unofficial games for the All Whites but then transferred his allegiance to the United States, winning 10 senior caps .
The Turkish Super League is generally ranked 15th strongest league in world football, one place behind the competition of Major League Soccer in the United States, but 14 places ahead of the A-League.