STSL: Kasimpaşa: 2 Beşiktaş: 2

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Updated: August 18, 2017

Just like last season Beşiktaş drop two valuable points on the second matchday after a 2-2 draw against Kasimpaşa.

Kasimpaşa uphold their reputation as Beşiktaş’ angstgegner by taking two points away from the reigning Champions after a game largely dominated by the Black Eagles.

In fact Beşiktaş took the lead twice in this game and allowed no clear-cut chances for the hosts, yet Fabri found himself fishing two balls out of his net following two long distance efforts. While some may blame the Spanish goalkeeper for not stopping either of the shots, truth be told the first shot was simply fabulous from Markus Neumayr, while the second goal – a 79th minute strike from Egyptian winger Trézéguet – seemed to take a slight deflection on Michael Rangel on it’s way to goal.

Talisca’s first of the season could not galvanize a Beşiktaş victory, as they squander their lead in the second half.

Beşiktaş had taken the lead quite early in the game, with Cenk Tosun setting up Ryan Babel for an easy tap-in goal after just 7 minutes. But against the run of play Markes Neumayr pulled it level in the 23rd minute with that splendid turn and spectacular effort.

Anderson Talisca had gifted Beşiktaş the lead once again on a Caner Erkin cross in the 34th minute and Beşiktaş remained in control throughout the first half. With Pepe coming close to expanding the lead after he was left unmarked on a first half stoppage time corner.

Kasimpaşa took more initiative in the second half but couldn’t create any chances, while Beşiktaş had several good opportunities to exploit the hosts on the break. But apart from an incredible sitter for Cenk Tosun, after Ryan Babel had passed the goalkeeper and layed it off to the Turkish interational, there weren’t any major chances for Beşiktaş either.

Beşiktaş held on to the ball and patiently, too patiently, build towards expanding their lead but they lacked venom. Players like Ricardo Quaresma weren’t their usual creative selves and seemed quite static.

Gary Medel and Jeremain Lens came on to make their debuts in the 73rd minute but at that point it felt as if Beşiktaş had already wasted 20+ minutes and should have put Lens on much earlier to make use of the extra space they had gotten.

When Trézéguet’s shot took a slight deflection on his teeammate Rangel in the 79th minute it left Beşiktaş somewhat stunned, again a goal out of nowhere against the run of play but the scoreboard was level once again: 2-2.

This time Beşiktaş did not make up for their mistake as they couldn’t find any major chances, bar a good long range effort from Cenk which was tipped over by Ramazan, in the remaining 15 minutes or so. Negredo was brought on it the 85th minute but Kasimpaşa fell back behind the ball allowing no room for the Beşiktaş forwards to find a shot.

A penalty shout for a handball was turned down towards the end of regulation playing time and Anderson Talisca had a chance on a freekick opportunity, but it was a bit too far out to be counted as a true opportunity.

All-in-all Beşiktaş should only look to themselves, they dominated the entire match but find themselves left with just one point because they failed to show the intensity and hunger to kill off the game earlier on. It feels like two points thrown away, as Beşiktaş should have always won this match.


Stadium: Recep Tayyip Erdogan stadium

Official: Alper Ulusoy

Kasimpaşa XI: Ramazan Köse; Olivier Veigneau, Syam Ben Youssef, Veysel Sarı, Strahil Popov; Loret Sadiku, David Pavelka, Markus Neumayr (78′ Bernard Mensah); Trézéguet, Adem Büyük (78′ Michael Rangel), Jhon Murillo (63′ Samuel Edouk)

Reserves: Eray Birniçan, Burak Turan, Abdullah Durak, Hasan Bilal, Bernard Mensah, Ahmed Ildız, Samuel Eduok, Michael Rangel, Mert Kula

Head coach: Kemal Özdeş

Beşiktaş XI: Fabricio Ramirez; Andreas Beck, Pepe, Dusko Tosic, Caner Erkin; Tolgay Arslan, Oğuzhan Özyakup (73′ Gary Medel), Anderson Talisca; Ricardo Quaresma (73′ Jeremain Lens), Cenk Tosun, Ryan Babel (85′ Álvaro Negredo)

Reserves: Tolga Zengin, Matej Mitrovic, Gary Medel, Adriano Correia, Necip Uysal, Jeremain Lens, Mustafa Pektemek, Álvaro Negredo, Orkan Çınar, Fatih Aksoy

Head coach: Şenol Güneş

Goals: Ryan Babel (7′), Markus Neumayr (23′), Anderson Talisca (34′), Trézéguet (79′)

Yellow cards: Anderson Talisca (31′), Veysel Sari (34′), Dusko Tosic (39′), Trézéguet (76′), Ben Youssef (90′), Michael Rangel (90′)

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Kaan Bayazit

Editor-in-chief at Beşiktaş International
I've been covering Turkish football and Beşiktaş in particular for several years. Followed the Süper Lig closely for over a decade. Frequent guest on the Turkish Football Weekly podcast. I've also done various media interviews concerning Beşiktaş in many different countries, from Costa Rica to The Netherlands. Born and raised in Belgium. Editor-in-chief at Beşiktaş International since 2013.
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