Balıkesirspor: 0 Beşiktaş: 1

Updated: October 5, 2014

Beşiktaş returned with all three points from Balikesir in their fifth game of the Süper Lig season.

With their third win in their third away game this season the Black Eagles maintain a perfect away record, just as the previous games away at Mersin Idmanyurdu and Bursaspor the Eagles found that one goal sufficed to secure the victory.

Slaven Bilic’s men started off with a very offensive line-up, with both Oguzhan and José Sosa in the starting line-up, Kerim Frei (instead of Olcay) and Gökhan Töre on the wings and with Demba Ba as the lone striker up front Bilic opted for a team with five players who are mainly attack minded.

Beşiktaş controlled the game and most of the possession while Balikesir focussed on defending and tried to break on the counter. The Eagles clearly tanked some confidence from their good midweek performance against Tottenham Hotspur in the Europa League (1-1) and brought the game to their opponents. The amount of clear-cut goalscoring opportunities were limited however, José Sosa provided nearly provided the away fans with a reason to cheer on two sepperate occassions but first Nuno Coelho, who cleared the ball off the line on Sosa’s shot, and secondly the post and goalkeeper Emrullah on a nearly perfectly placed free-kick prevented the Argentinian of putting his side ahead before halftime.

The only chance for Balikesir of the entire game came on a corner, again Nuno Coelho who had earlier saved his team from going 1-0 down now nearly put his side ahead but Tolga Zengin matched the header with an equally good reflex safe and tipped the ball, which was dipping right under the bar, over that same bar.

The nil-nil score at halftime was somewhat flattering for the homeside and an injury to José Sosa in added time of the first half may somewhat have spoiled coach Slaven Bilic’s mood at halftime.

Bilic responded in the second half by replacing the injured Sosa with a second striker: Mustafa Pektemek. Effectively changing the formation from a 4-3-3 to a 4-4-2.

This paid off rather quickly after a quick throw-in in the 57th minute from Gökhan Töre who got the ball to Oguzhan, who in turn dummied his direct opponent a few times before sublimely dropping the ball in to the box, Balikesir’s defenders seemed to only have eye for Demba Ba which allowed Mustafa Pektemek to get in their back and with an aequally sublime header scored the goal which would eventually prove to be the winner.

Almost immediatly after the opening goal Beşiktaş made their second substitution of the game: Olcay replaced Kerim. Seconds later Balikesir had what looked like their most promising and dangerous attack of the night, Ersan Gülüm brought down a broken-through Sercan Yildirim and received a yellow card from referee Deniz Coban. The home-side fans and their players were outraged and insisted that Ersan Gülüm was the last man and should have received a red card rather than a yellow card. The replays clearly agreed with them as the second defender, Pedro Franco, could never get to the ball before Sercan did. The home-side got nothing from the resulting free-kick.

Balikesirspor tried to create some pressure going forward but could not create a single chance in the remaining thirtyfive minutes. On the other hand the Black Eagles had one or two opportunities to expand on their lead, most noteably through an opportunity for second-half substitute Olcay Sahan, but Balikseir’s goalkeeper Emrullah did excellently to prevent a second goal.

Veli Kavlak replaced Demba Ba after 78 minutes to add some extra stability to the team in defence in the dying minutes.

For the Black Eagles the first half performance of José Sosa and overall performances of Pedro Franco, Gökhan Töre, Oguzhan Özyakup and Atiba Hutchinson (who held is own very well in midfield as the only real defensive minded player in the majority of the game) stood out.

For Balikseirspor mainly the performance of Nuno Coelho stood out, ironically he was on the Eagles’ transferlist last season during the January transfer-window, but Beşiktaş opted for a ‘free’ loan of Dany Nounkeu instead.



Stadium: Balıkesir Atatürk

Referees: Deniz Çoban, Alpaslan Dedeş, Erdem Bayık, Serkan Gençerler(4. Hakem)
Beşiktaş: Tolga, Serdar, Franco, Ersan Gülüm, Motta, Kerim Frei (59′ Olcay), Atiba Hutchinson, Sosa (46′ Mustafa Pektemek), Gökhan Töre, Oğuzhan, Demba Ba (78′ Veli Kavlak)
Reserves: Cenk Gönen, Sivok, İsmail, Necip, Veli Kavlak, Olcay, Mustafa Pektemek
Manager: Slaven Bilic

Balıkesirspor: Emrullah, Okan, Bülent, Nuno Coelho, Kulusic, Jabbie, Aykut, André Santos (46′ Alanzinho), Ronald Vargas (66′ Gökhan), Sercan Yildirim, İlhan(86′ Burak)
Reserves: Zeki, Abdülhamit, Uğur, Alanzinho, Gökhan, Ali, Burak
 Manager: İsmail Ertekin

Goal: Mustafa Pektemek (57′)

Yellow card(s): Jabbie (34′); Ersan Gülüm (60′), Gökhan Töre (65′), Oğuzhan Özyakup (76′)

Post-match responce from Beşiktaş manager Slaven Bilic

“For a lot of teams it’s difficult to switch from playing #Tottenham to #Balıkesir.”

“But this game is even more important than the Spurs game. Because Turkish league is the Turkish league.”

“But this game is even more important than the Spurs game. Because Turkish league is the Turkish league.”

“That’s why I am happy with the three points today, eventhough we played nowhere near as good as in Tottenham.”

“But we deserved three points, we were active. We wanted to win.”

“Basically they didn’t create chances, we didn’t create a lot but we made it 1-0 and it is a win for us.”

“And it will not be easy for any team to come here. [Balıkesir]”

“We have to overcome the situation in our home ground. [bad pitch]”

“No question, Ersan should have gotten a red card. The referee made a mistake. [In responce to be asked if Ersan’s foul on Sercan was a red card or not]”


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