STSL: Fenerbahçe: 2 Beşiktaş: 0

Updated: February 29, 2016

A dissapointing result and a missed opporutnity for the Black Eagles as they return from the other side of the Bosphorus with no points after a lacking performance.

The Black Eagles were caught ont he back foot directly at the start, after a soft freekick was called for a foul on Alper Potuk in the second minute. Caner Erkin’s freekick ended up with Volkan Sen who was unmarked and scored his first goal of the season to put the hosts 1-0 up after only two minutes on the clock.

Fenerbahçe coach Vitor Pereira clearly paid attention when he scouted the Black Eagles two weeks ago against Basaksehir as he made his team put a lot of constant pressure on the man in possessions, praying on the mistakes made under pressure which led to Fenerbahçe being the dominant side in the first half.

Volkan Sen had another huge opporutnity to double the score in the first half but Tolga stopped him in his tracks. Fenerbahçe had several more opporutnities but failed to properly execute their attacks in the final third and wasted their chances.

At the other end the Black Eagles only really managed to create one good chance in the first half, Mario Gómez squared it for Ricardo Quaresma, but the 32 year old Portuguese winger missed the one on one opporutnity with Volkan Demirel and put it next to the target.

Beşiktaş were forced to change things up a little in the second half and Olcay was immediatly taken off at half time in favour of Gökhan Töre.

The hosts did not manage to keep up their constant pressing in the second half and Beşiktaş took control of the match, resulting in several very good chances for José Sosa, Marcelo, Atiba Hutchinson, Cenk Tosun and finally Mario Gómez. But none of them managed to convert.

Sosa missed the target for short range while Marcelo saw his header hit the post before going out, Atiba Hutchinson saw his one on one attempt stopped by Volkan and Cenk Tosun’s header went just wide off the mark while Mario Gómez missed a sitter deep in to added time, but at that point it was already to late as Luis Nani had doubled the score in the 81st minute after good pressing from Ozan Tufan who forced an Alexis error, in the end Nani scored one of the easiest goals of his career in an empty net.

Fenerbahçe deserved the win based on their first half display and the Black Eagles’ inability to convert their chances in the second half. Ultimately both goals came from a lack of concentration on our boys’ part and they missed a good opoprutnity here tonight to secure their lead on Fenerbahçe. Now the Black Eagles will need to come away from Trabzon with 3 points in their postponed match in order to secure first place once again, but instead of a 4 or 7 point lead this would only find them a single point ahead of the competition.

At the end of the day we can’t complain about anything but our own performance, as with the chances we created in the second half we should have always scored atleast one goal before Fenerbahçe ever had the chance to double the score.


Stadium: Fenerbahçe Şükrü Saraçoğlu

Officials: Cüneyt Çakır, Bahattin Duran, Tarık Ongun, Serkan Ok (4. official)

Beşiktaş: Tolga, Beck, Alexis, Marcelo, İsmail, Atiba, Oğuzhan (83′ Cenk), Quaresma, Sosa, Olcay (46′ Gökhan), Gomez

Reserves: Boyko, Serdar, Necip, Tosic, Tolgay, Gökhan, Cenk

Head coach: Şenol Güneş

Fenerbahçe: Volkan, Gökhan, Alves, Kjaer, Caner, Josef, Mehmet, Diego (61′ Ozan), Alper (61′ Nani), Volkan Şen (77′ Hasan), Van Persie

Reserves: Fabiano, Kadlec, Şener, Hasan, Ozan, Nani, Fernandao

Head coach: Vitor Pereira

Goals: Volkan Şen (3′), Nani (82′)

Yellow cards: Alves (11′), Caner (20′), Quaresma (20′), Volkan Şen (66′), Sosa (66′), Nani (79′)

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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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