STSL: Sivasspor: 1 Beşiktaş: 2

Updated: April 16, 2016

The Black Eagles travelled to Sivas with six more matches on the calendar in the 2015-2016 season. Nothing less than a win would suffice to keep them firmly in the driver’s seat.

Ahead of the game Beşiktaş had a 5 point lead on rivals Fenerbahçe, who play Mersin tomorow, while opponents Sivasspor were 2 points away from safety, meaning both teams needed to win this match badly.

The Black Eagles took control of the game directly from the kick-off and put the hosts under pressure, pushing them back in to their own half. This led to a first good opportunity for Olcay, but he blasted the chance wide off target halfway through the first half.

Slowly but surely Sivasspor managed to gather some momentum but this seemed to abruptly stop after perhaps one of their most instrumental players, Cicinho, suffered an injury and had to be replaced.

Shortly before halftime Oguzhan found himself in the box and crossed it in to Mario Gomez, but the German striker was pushed just before meating the ball with his head by Joan Oumari, a clear penalty and perhaps even a red card to the Sivasspor defender but referee Ozkahya waved play on.


By scoring his 22nd league goal of the season Mario Gomez has now surpassed Ilhan Mansiz, who scored 21 during the 2001-2002 season and was the last Beşiktaş player, prior to Gomez, to exceed the 20 goal mark in the league.

The Black Eagles started the second half looking for a goal and just like last week Mario Gomez opened the scoring, this time in the 58th minute after a subtle little lofted pass by Kerim Frei, who was immediatly after the goal replaced by the returning Gökhan Töre.

Only 4 minutes after opening the scoreline Mario Gomez was brought down in the box by Ibrahim Öztürk, this time referee Ozkahya did point to the spot. Oguzhan Özyakup calmly netted the spotkick, despite goalkeeper Setkus choosing the right corner.

After the relieving second goal the Black Eagles held their foot off the gass pedal and this allowed the hosts to create some minor pressure, but it didn’t really lead to too much serious danger until the final few minutes. In the 85th minute Aatif Chahechouhe bursted past Ismail ont he left wing, but his shot missed the target despite being in a very promising position.

A few minutes later Burhan found himself one on one with Tolga but a last grasp challenge from Alexis blocked his shot in to corner.

Andreas Beck was the only man to get booked in this match, deep in to added time, meaning he’ll miss the next match against Akhisar. And right at the death Aatif Chahechouhe managed to pull one back for the hosts with a thunderous header, but it will only matter in the history books as referee Ozkahya ended the match right after the Black Ealges kicked off again.

With this crucial win Beşiktaş now need atleast 11 points from their remaining 5 games to be certain of the 2015-2016 championship, assuming Fenerbahçe do not drop any more points that is.

Stadium: 4 Eylül

Officials: Halis Özkahya, Hakan Yemisken, Mehmet Can Hanoglu, Serkan Gençerler (4. official)

Sivasspor XI: Ernestas Setkus; Cicinho (38′ Ibrahim Öztürk) – Joan Oumari – John Boye – Emre Öztürk; Adem Koçak – Mehdi Taouil – Djakaridja Koné (63′ Christian Tanase) – Burhan Eşer – Aatif Chahechouhe; Hasan Kabze

Reserves: Korcan Celikay, Christian Tanase, Ibrahim Öztürk, Etzaz Hussain, David Texeira, Gökhan Süzen, Beykan Şimşek

Beşiktaş XI: Tolga Zengin; Andreas Beck – Alexis Delgado – Marcelo Guedes – İsmail Köybaşı; Atiba Hutchinson – Oğuzhan Özyakup (82′ Necip Uysal) – José Sosa; Kerim Frei (60′ Gökhan Töre) – Olcay Şahan – Mario Gómez (78′ Cenk Tosun)

Reserves: Günay Güvenç, Serdar Kurtuluş, Duško Tošić, Necip Uysal, Tolgay Arslan, Gökhan Töre, Cenk Tosun

Head coach: Şenol Güneş

Goals: Mario Gómez (58′), Oğuzhan Özyakup (penalty 62′), Aatif Chahechouhe (90+3′)

Yellow cards: Andreas Beck (90+2′)

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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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