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Trabzonspor held Lokeren to a 1-1 draw in Belgium to improve their chances of making it into the knockout stages of the Europa League.

With Legia Warsaw through and Metalist Kharkiv without a point from four games, the battle for the other qualification spot in Group L will come down to these two.

And the Turkish side are three points clear of their rivals from East Flanders after Abdul Majeed Waris cancelled out Ayanda Patosi's early goal.

Lokeren got off to the best possible start as they went ahead after just five minutes through Patosi.

Visitng goalkeeper Fatih Ozturk did well to save the South African's initial shot but Patosi managed to squirm the rebound home.

The goal was the only action of the opening stages with neither side managing to stamp their authority on the encounter and a long-range Kevin Constant shot was all that Trabzonspor could offer in way of reply.

Mustapha Yatabare was next to miss the target with the hosts responding with a spell of pressure but they could not produce a clear-cut chance in a flat opening half-hour.

Waris at last brought a save from Boubacar Barry but it was Lokeren who looked the most likely to add to their lead as Koen Persoons and Patosi both missed the target with Junior Dutra bringing a save out of Ozturk.

And they were made to pay as the visitors equalised in first-half stoppage-time against the run of play when Yatabare saw a powerful strike saved by Barry and Waris was there to tuck home the rebound.

The opening stages of the second half proved as cagey as the first with neither side creating any real chances as both defences stood firm.

When a chance did come, it fell to Yatabare but Barry did well to tip his close-range shot round the post just after the hour mark.

Patosi then saw a shot saved and another one blocked but neither side could find a winner as a lacklustre encounter petered out.

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