STSL: Beşiktaş: 4 Gaziantepspor: 0

Updated: February 7, 2016

After two postponed games due to weather circumstances, the Black Eagles have now kicked off the second half of their Süper Lig season in the new year.

Beşiktaş impressed friend and foe with an ultimately convincing win, but after just one minute Gaziantepspor could have already taken the lead. The visitors kicked off the match with a training exercise, Orkan’s long ball put Larsson alone in front of Tolga, but the Beşiktaş captain made a great save one on one with the pacey Swede and seconds later held on to the rebound.

A save which would shape the flow of the game as the Black Eagles took control of the match and after only five minutes Mario Gómez forced his way through the defence using his pace and came one on one with Gaziantepspor’s young goalkeeper Alperen Uysal, Gómez tapped the ball away from the young goalie and Alperen took out Gómez’ left leg as the last man but referee Cüneyt Cakir waved play on… Bad news for the Black Eagles after just 20 minutes as Luiz Rhodolfo twisted his knee in a duel with John Chibuike, Rhodolfo was rushed to the hospital. Alexis Delgado replaced him to make his debut next to Marcelo who was also making his debut for the Black Eagles.

Alperen went on to make two excellent saves after the first scare, first halting Mario Gómez and after than twarting Olcay Sahan. Beşiktaş held up the pressure but Gaziantepspor managed to contain them well enough until Gökhan Töre had a low hard cross aimed towards the second post, keeper Alperen fumbled the ball and put it in his own net, 1-0 after 38 minutes.

A few minutes later Ismail found Oguzhan in the box, who still had his work cut out for him and had to dribble two defenders before shooting it hard in to the net, 2-0 after 42 minutes.

It could have been 3-0 at halftime but Mario Gómez could not get past the countless defenders in the box a ew minutes later in a similar position to Oguzhan.

Gaziantepspor started the second half well, Habib Habibou was allowed to continue on the edge of offside and came one on one with Tolga Zengin, but the experienced goalkeeper made another excellent save.Gomez-Ismail

Just past hour mark Mario Gómez got himself on the scoresheet for the first time, José Sosa with an excellent run on the right wing and a good low cross for the German goalgetter.

Only eight minutes later Super Mario got on the scoresheet again, a similar goal to his first, this time it was Isimail with a good run on the left to cross it in to the middle where Gómez controlled it and put it beyond Alperen Uysal. With that goal Mario Gómez has now scored 15 goals in 18 league matches for the Black Eagles and has become lone topscorer of the Süper Lig, having one goal more than Antalyaspor’s Samuel Eto’o.

Beşiktaş could have expanded even more on their already royal lead, but they seemed to take the foot of the gass pedal a little bith. Alperen Uysal was forced to make one more big save, in extra time, stopping Cenk Tosun’s excellent freekick.


Stadium: Başakşehir Fatih Terim

Officials: Cüneyt Çakır, Bahattin Duran, Tarık Ongun, Adil Sinem (4. official)

Beşiktaş: Tolga, Beck, Rhodolfo (20′ Alexis Delgado), Marcelo, İsmail, Atiba, Oğuzhan (75′ Necip), Olcay, Sosa (84′ Cenk), Gökhan, Gomez

Reserves: Boyko, Necip, Alexis Delgado, Serdar, Quaresma, Kerim, Cenk

Head coach: Şenol Güneş

Gaziantepspor: Alperen, Elyasa, Barış, Gouano, Marcal (21′ Koray), Abuda (75′ Hürriyet), Erdem, Orkan (66′ İlhan), Larsson, Chibuike, Habibou

Reserves: Bora, Hakn, Koray, Putsila, Hürriyet, Abdülkadir, İlhan

Head coach: Mutlu Topçu

Goals: Gökhan (38′), Oğuzhan (42′), Gomez (61′, 70′)

Yellow cards: İsmail (64′), Hürriyet (81′)

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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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