Gaziantepspor: 0 Beşiktaş: 1

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Updated: December 14, 2014

Beşiktaş travelled to Gaziantep on matchday 13 of the Spor Toto Süper Lig in need of the 3 points to regain their position at the top of the table.

Despite a strong opening 15 minutes, with several big chances for Sosa and Olcay, the Black Eagles had trouble coping with Gaziantepspor’s tight marking. Beşiktaş remained in control of the game but had trouble finding an opening after the opening 15 minutes, Gaziantepspor had one good chance in the first half (and for that matter in the entire game) via Mustafa Durak (who was offside but the referee didn’t spot it) but his shot didn’t hit the target as he came one on one with Tolga. Midway through the first half Senol Can went down screaming, a replay showed that Gökhan Töre had hit him with a rather vicious elbow to the chest, he was extremely luck that neither the referee no the 4th official saw the incident or he would’ve been sent off for sure.

Slaven Bilic noted after the game: “We started very well and had a good opening 15 minutes but after that they managed to take us out of our normal play and keep the tempo of the match low by frequently halting the game with free-kicks and throw-ins.”

The Black Eagles started off well in the second half and had an immediate big opportunity via Cenk Tosun but Karcemarskas managed to keep it out. Beşiktaş finally got the breakthrough a bit past the hour mark, Karcemarskas first did well to keep Cenk Tosun off the scoresheet but the ball ended up in front of Oguzhan’s feet who slotted it in to the open goal. Oguzhan had played a poor game up till that point and was subbed off immediatly after scoring the goal.

Oguzhan noted after the match: “Atiba told me during the game ‘Ozzie you need to change things up man or the coach will take you off’ and then I went and scored the goal.”

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Beşiktaş had several more great opportunities to score a second goal but Cenk Tosun found out that his former teammate Karcemarskas wasn’t looking likely to let in another. Gökhan Töre also hit the framework after a fantastic solo run.

Gaziantepspor tried ast hey might and put in two more offensive players in the final third of the game with ex-Beşiktaş player Ibrahim Akin and Honduras international Costly, but they didn’t managed to create any chances and had to resort to a few attempts from outside the box but these didn’t result in any real danger.

With this victory the Black Eagles have extended their winning streak in the league to five games.

While this was yet another important win for the Black Eagles it once again proved not to go without cost as both Ramon Motta and Necip Uysal picked up injuries during the game.

Besides the 3 points there was another very big positive light to this game: Atinç Nukan put in a stellar performance. The young central defender won more aerial duels than any other player on the pitch (8), had an 82% pass accuracy and successfully started 11 attacking build ups from defence.

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Stadium: Kamil Ocak

Officials: Çağatay Şahan, Mustafa Emre Eyisoy, Mehmet Cem Hanoğlu, Murat Türker(4th official)
 
Beşiktaş: Tolga Zengin; Serdar Kurtuluş, Atınç Nukan, Pedro Franco, Ramon Motta (66′ İsmail Köybaşi); Atiba Hutchinson, Gökhan Töre, Oğuzhan Özyakup (66′ Kerim Frei), Sosa, Olcay Şahan (77′ Necip Uysal); Cenk Tosun

Reserves: Emre Metin, Tugay Kaya, Ümit Karaal, İsmail Köybaşi, Necip Uysal, Kerim Frei, Furkan Yaman
 
Head coach: Slaven Bilic

Gaziantepspor: Karcemarskas; Barış, Arokoyo (72′ Costly), Elyasa, Şenol Can; Erdem Şen, Chico, Mustafa (65′ Serhan), Chibuike, Gökhan Süzen, Oğulcan (76′ İbrahim Akin)
 
Reserves: Eray, Gilles Binya, Emre, Muhammed, İbrahim Akin, Costly, Serhan
 
Head coach: Okan Buruk

Goal: Oguzhan Özyakup (64′)
 
Yellow card(s): Chico (27′), Elyasa (38′), Serdar (40′), Chibuike (62′), Erdem (79′), Atınç (80′), Sosa (84′), Necip (88′), Tolga (90+2′)

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Editor-in-chief at Beşiktaş International
Freelance sports writer specialized in Turkish football and Beşiktaş. Co-host of the Black Eagles podcast. Frequently featured in World Soccer Digest Japan and many other international media outlets. Following Turkish football for close to two decades. Proud father to Aedin.
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