Beşiktaş: 1 C. Rizespor: 1

Updated: September 15, 2014

In week two of the Spor Toto Süper Lig, Besiktas faced Caykur Rizespor at Ataturk Olimpiyat Stadium. The Black Eagles started the game in a 4-4-2-formation. Slaven Bilic made two changes to the side that beat Mersin Idmanyurdu two weeks ago. Tolga Zengin returned on goal after an injury, Pedro Franco replaced Tomas Sivok in the center of defence.. C. Rizespor started the game in a 4-2-3-1-formation. Since the away team played with 2 defensive midfielders, Besiktas didn’t have a lot of chances to score in the first half. Besiktas felt the lack of a creative midfielder. In addition to that, Tore’s final passes and crosses weren’t effective and this helped the guests to keep a clean sheet in the first half.  C. Rizespor came mainely to defend and park the bus, they hoped for a goal on a quick couter or a set-piece, but in the first half they created little to no threat. The only serious threat in the first half came from Olcay in the 32nd minute. He controlled a ball that ended up at his feet after a corner kick, unfortunately he sent the ball just over the bar.

The visitors started the second half with an early goal. A long throw-in ended up at Lualua who got the bal to Umit Korkmaz, who volleyed the ball beyond Tolga Zengin. Rizespor continued their defensive gameplan. Besiktas became more aggressive in the offensive departement and this resulted in a few chances. Kerim Frei replaced Mustafa Pektemek and changed the game due to his constant movement, which caused trouble for the Rizespor defence. Olcay, Tore and Frei swapped positions regulary and it became more difficult for Rizespor defenders to mark these players effectively. Besiktas equalised the game on 81st minute with Olcay Sahan’s effort after a loose ball came to him from Tore’s corner kick. Besiktas’ wingers and full backs pumped the ball in to the box but they could not reach a teammate in the final third, Viera and Giray Kaçar had a solid game. In the remaining time, both teams couldn’t manage to score and the game ended with a draw. With this result, Besiktas settled on a 5th position in the Super Lig, as they have equal points with 5 other teams including the league leaders.

Games like this are always going to be difficult, especially if you’re lacking three key players like Demba Ba, Oguzhan Ozyakup and José Sosa. Despite the fact that Sosa hasn’t played yet for the Black Eagles a player like him who is a set-piece specialist is crucial in games like this where the opponents park the bus in front of their own 18-yard box.

Scoring field goals against teams like this is always very difficult, however on set-pieces they don’t have a mon more situation as they do on the pitch during the natural flow of play.

Besiktas have a quality injection to look forward to when these players return from injury/suspension. However the Black Eagles are fighting on three fronts this season and have a limited amount of alternatives in certain positions.

Besiktas had several legitamte claims for a penalty but referee Hüseyin Göçek didn’t exactly have a great game.

Stadium: Atatürk Olimpiyat
Officials: Hüseyin Göçek, Mustafa Emre Eyisoy, Orkun Aktaş, Tarık Ongun(4th referee)
Beşiktaş: Tolga, İsmail, Ersan(58′ Sivok), Pedro, Motta(72′ Necip), Veli, Atiba, Olcay, Gökhan, Cenk, Mustafa(68′ Kerim)

Reserves: Cenk, Serdar, Sivok, Uğur, Atınç, Necip Uysal, Kerim Frei
Coach: Slaven Bilic

Çaykur Rizespor: Serkan, Giray, Ali, Viera, Orhan, Kağan, Kıvanç(74′ Murat), Ümit, Lua-Lua(81′ Deniz), Holosko(59′ Eren), Kweuke
Reserves: Aykut, Koray, Engin, Sercan, Eren, Murat, Deniz
Coach: Mehmet Özdilek

Goals: Ümit (48′), Olcay (81′)

Yellow cards: Kweuke (13′), Kıvanç (23′), Orhan (28′), Kerim (77′), Veli (88′), Serkan (90′), Murat (90+4′)

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