STSL: Beşiktaş: 4 Torku Konyaspor: 0

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Updated: December 27, 2015

For the first time since the 2003-2004 season Beşiktaş will end the first half of the season on top of the table after 17 games. And only for the third time in the club’s history they end the first half of the season with 41+ points and 41+ goals in 17 games, after the 1988-1989 season (43 goals, 41 points) and the 2003-2004 season (42 goals, 43 points) this is now the third time.

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The match was paused for a good 7 minutes and the referee restarted the clock before resuming the match as only 1 minute had gone by prior to the blackout.

It was a solid performance by the Black Eagles against a difficult and stubborn opponent who held Beşiktaş to a 0-0 draw at halftime. The first half started with a power blackout after just 1 minute of play after which the referee restarted the clock and the match.

Beşiktaş found it difficult to find a way through the well organized visitors. It was Ricardo Quaresma who created the most danger from his right wing with several good crosses in to the box, but Konyaspor managed to deal with them one way or another. Mario Gómez had two half chances in the first half but he put too much power behind both his attempts. Torku Konyaspor actually had the best chance of the first half in one of their rare good breaks on the right wing, but Rijad Bajic’ flick ended up against the post and went out.

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Oguzhan pulled the strings yet again and got another crucial goal tonight, opening the score in the 50th minute with his 5th of the season.

Konyaspor had a clear goal, keep it compact and try to prevent the opposition from playing football by making early fouls and trying to break on the counter. For the most part this worked well in the first half and goalkeeper Serkan Kirinitili also stole precious seconds with every freekick or goalkick, trying to take the tempo out of the game.

Şenol Güneş sent the team out on to the pitch for the second half with a clear message, try to develop a higher tempo to destabilize Konyaspor’s sturdy defence. The player’s seemingly got the message as the second half started off with a quick goal from the Black Eagles, after some good c ombination play between Oguzhan and Mario Gómez, the young maestro dribbled past goalkeeper Serkan and a defender to put it in to the back of the net on the 50 minute mark. Ricardo Quaresma presented Mario Gómez with the 2-0 a few minutes later, but the German’s header was stopped excellently by Serkan, who managed to deflect the header against the post to deny Gómez his goal.

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Mario Gómez floors Serkan Kirintili to score his 13th Süper Lig goal of the season, making him joint topscorer with Samuel Eto’o (Antalyaspor).

After Ricardo Quaresma went in to the referee’s book, the coach made the decision to take him off despite playing a very good match. He replaced Quaresma with Olcay and this substitution almost instantly paid off as Olcay set up Mario Gómez 3 minutes later for his 13th of the season. The German tank did not let this chance go to waste and floored keeper Serkan to make it 2-0 after 64 minutes.

Only five minutes later the home fans could celebrate yet again when Mario Gómez squared it to Gökhan Töre on the edge of the box, who struck the ball with great power to beat Serkan for the third time on the night, 3-0 after 69 minutes.

With a goal in the bag, Gökhan Töre was taken off in the 73rd minute and Kerim Frei came on to replace him. And Kerim thanked with the fourth goal of the evening in the 80th minute after a very good low cross by José Sosa: 4-0 after 80 minutes.

With a four goal lead and the 3 points in the bag, Güneş put on an extra striker. Cenk Tosun replaced José Sosa and managed to put Serkan Kirintili to the test twice before halftime, but the experienced keeper did not make a mistake and managed to limit the damage to just four goals, by stopping several opporutnities in the closing few minutes.


 

Stadium: Başakşehir Fatih Terim

Officials: Serkan Çınar, Erdinç Sezertam, İsmail Şencan, Hakan Yemişken(4. official)

Beşiktaş: Tolga, Beck, Rhodolfo, Ersan, İsmail, Atiba, Oğuzhan, Quaresma (61′ Olcay), Sosa (82′ Cenk), Gökhan (73′ Kerim), Gomez

Reserves: Günay, Serdar, Necip, Tosic, Kerim, Olcay, Cenk

Head coach: Şenol Güneş

Torku Konyaspor: Serkan, Mehmet, Vukovic, Ali Turan, Ömer Ali, Ali Çamdali, Mbamba, Uğur (60′ Selim Ay), Holmen, Bajic (60′ Traore), Rangelov (81′ Ömer Şişmanoglu)

Reserves: Kaya, Abdülkerim, Selim, Vedat, Traore, Selçuk, Ömer Ş.

Head coach: Aykut Kocaman

Goals: Oğuzhan (50′), Gomez (64′), Gökhan (69′), Kerim (80′)

Yellow cards: Uğur (38′), Quaresma (56′), Ali Turan (56′), Gökhan (68′), Rhodolfo (84′), Gomez (84′)

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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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