STSL: Beşiktaş: 0 Torku Konyaspor: 1

Updated: May 18, 2015

After bowing out of the title race last week with a second consecutive draw against Akhisar Belediyespor, the Black Eagles have now also mathematically lost all chances for a 14th championship this season.

The Black Eagles lost at “home” at the hands of Torku Konyapspor due to a late, straight from the corner, goal from Romanian winger Gabriel Torje.

Beşiktaş coach Slaven Bilic was visually devastated after the match during his post-game interview and even very clearly indicated that he does not expect to be in charge of the Istanbul giants next season. Despite denying to have been in touch with other, in particular English, clubs.

The Black Eagles were the side who had the best chances though, although chances were scarse. Demba Ba had the best one of the first half but goalkeeper Kaya prevented him from scoring in the 38th minute, while referee Abitoglu turned down claims for a penalty twice after clear hand balls from Konya’s defenders. However whether these plays were worthy of a spotkick is another matter, especially the first one seemed to be unintentional and the hand was quite close to the player’s body. The same could be said for the second one, although Konya got a clear advantage out of it so the ball could have ended up on the spot.

Kerim Frei, who came on for Olcay in the second half, had another great opporutnity to open the scoring in favour of the Eagles but he waited too long and allowed goalkeeper Kaya to close down the angle towards goal and put Kerim’s attempt out for a corner.

Slaven Bilic infuriated the fans by taking off fan favourite Demba Ba, rather than Mustafa Pektemek, in the 61st minute for Cenk Tosun. And even further angered the home crowd as he took off Tolgay Arslan, arguably the best player on the pitch, later in the second half for Atiba Hutchinson rather than taking off Necip Uysal.

Ten minutes before fulltime, Konyaspor got a rare cornerkick. After the ball was first adjudged out, the referee overturned his linesman’s decision. Konyaspor’s Gabriel Torje decided to try something cheeky and bent in his corner at the first post to beat goalkeeper Günay Güvenç and stun the Ankara crowd.

A somewhat flattering victory for Konyaspor would be earned thanks to that goal, as the visitors barely strung together a decent chance. Appart from a few shots from distance they really did not manage to create anything to test Günay, but their goal straight from the corner illustrated perfectly how the past three games have gone for the Black Eagles.


Stadium: Ankara Osmanlı

Officials Mustafa Kamil Abitoğlu, Bülent Gökçü, Adil Sinem, Erbay Aldemir (4. official)
Beşiktaş: Günay; Opare, Atınç Nukan, Tomas Sivok, Motta; Necip, Tolgay (73′ Atiba), Sosa; Olcay (46′ Kerim), Mustafa, Demba Ba (61′ Cenk Tosun)

Reserves: Cenk Gönen, Serdar, Milosevic, Franco, Atiba Hutchinson, Kerim Frei, Cenk Tosun

Head coach: Slaven Bilic

Torku Konyaspor: Kaya; Ali Turan, Vukovic, Mehmet Uslu, Volkan (78′ Mahlangu), Ömer; Torje, Ali, Mehmet Güven, Djalma (88′ Kokalovic); Rangelov(64′ Hasan Kabze)

Reserves: Emre, Kokalovic, Vedat, Mahlangu, Recep, Kenan, Hasan
Head coach: Aykut Kocaman

Goal: Torje (80′)
Yellow card(s): Opare (60′), Torje (71′)

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Kaan Bayazit

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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