Beşiktaş: 4 River Plate: 3

Updated: January 19, 2015

Beşiktaş have won the 2015 International Royal Cup, a friendly tournament in Antalya, by beating River Plate of Argentina in the finals.

The tournament only counted four teams, Beşiktaş previously eliminated Guaratingeta 1-0 while River Plate beat Galatasaray in a penalty shoot-out.

The Black Eagles started off very well with several good opportunities in the opening quarter of the game which was rewarded by José Sosa’s opening goal. However, River Plate turned the game around in just three minutes.

Gökhan Töre replaced Kerim Frei at halftime and had an immediate impact on the match as his rush on the right wing brought a quick equalizer early in the second half after Molina put the ball beyond his own goalkeeper on Gökhan’s low cross.

With half an hour to go Slaven Bilic made three substitutions, he brought on Alexander Milosevic, Demba and Necip Uysal at the same time. Demba Ba, much like Gökhan Töre, also immediatly put his mark on the game as he scored the Black Eagles’ third goal after an excellent cross from Ismail in the 68th minute. Ten minutes later Demba Ba was pushed down in the box resulting in a penalty, Demba Ba converted it himself to make it 4-2. Just a minute later River Plate pulled one back with a briliant lobbed ball over Günay Güvenç, but only a minute after the goal they Molina saw his second yellow card and was sent off. Beşiktaş leaned back on the counter int he final ten minutes and had several more dangerous looking breaks but there were no more goals in the remaining time.


Beşiktaş started with the following lineup: Tolga; Ismail, Franco, Ersan, Motta; Hutchinson, Oguzhan, Sosa, Kerim Frei, Olcay, Cenk Tosun

Players who came on in the second half: Gökhan Töre, Demba Ba, Necip, Furkan, Oguz, Ümit, Milosevic and Atinç.



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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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