STSL: Konyaspor: 2 Beşiktaş: 2

Updated: August 26, 2016

The Black Eagles will leave Konya with mixed feelings after a tumultuous draw at the Konya Büyükşehir Belediye stadium tonight.

Beşiktaş dominated possession for the larger part of the match but found itself defensively vulnerable on set-pieces and conceded two goals from individual mistakes.

The hosts started off with leaving the ball to visitors but still managed to find their away in front after just 8 minutes, with their first real attack of the match Rijad Bajic tapped in an easy goal after a positional error from Dusko Tosic left him onside.

It didn’t take too long for Beşiktaş to respond however as they took the game to their opponent and Ricardo Quaresma’s cross was unluckily deviated by Konyaspor’s captain Ali Çamdali allowing Olcay Şahan to head at the near post, 1-1 after just 14 minutes.

The Black Eagles continued to bring the game their opponents and midway through the first half Necip Uysal found himself booked after an elbow on Dimitar Rangelov in an aerial duel.

The biggest chance in the first half after the two goals came to the visitors when Olcay Şahan broke through on the right hand side in to the box, squaring it to Cenk Tosun but the striker should perhaps have taken position further away from the run of play as keeper Serkan managed to intervene and prevent Beşiktaş from taking the lead.

Beşiktaş had well over 70% of the bal for most of the first half but toward the end of it seemed to doze off a little allowing Konyaspor to create some minor pressure. Due to a water break midway through the first half four minutes of extra time were added and tempers flared high in that extra time, resulting in 3 yellow cards after another Necip elbow, this time to Rijad Bajic.

In the second half it looked like Konyaspor came out of the dressing room looking sharpest, with Beşiktaş not immediatly taking control of the game again. Despite that it were the Black Eagles who took the lead early int he second half after an excellent control and finish from Cenk Tosun, 1-2 after 53 minutes.

And only a few minutes later Cenk Tosun could have sealed the victory for the visitors but Serkan Kirintili did well to prevent the 1-3.

At the other end Marcelo headed the ball in to a corner, too easily given away and the resulting corner of course ended up being the equalizer. Again Rijad Bajic, left unmarked at the second post as Dusko Tosic was only watching the ball, scored the 2-2 in the 60th minute.

Three minutes after the goal, Oguzhan had to leave the match injured and was replaced by Luiz Rhodolfo – the Brazilians first appearnace in an official capacity for the Black Eagles since his ACL injury 8 months ago.

After that the match was pretty even until a great chance for the hosts in the 81st minute, substitute Ioan Hora could have made a dream debut as he passed Tolga Zengin with a bit of luck, but saw his finish cleared off the line by Luiz Rhodolfo! An emphatic sweeping tackle preventingt he third goal for Konyaspor and a statement return from the Brazilian.

Seconds after the heroic clearance from Rhodolfo, Necip Uysal did what he so often does when he is booked early in a match: take another yellow card and got sent off leaving Beşiktaş to fend off Konyaspor with 10 men for the final 10 plus minutes.

The best opportunity perhaps came for Beşiktaş however, but Cenk Tosun could not find the room in a crowded penalty area to squeeze in the late winner. The resulting quick counter attack by Konyaspor only delivred a corner from which they bared no fruit.

After the four minutes of additional time were over the points were equally devided among the number one and number three of last season. A result both teams will find acceptable after a decent game in which tempers flared at various moments.

Stadium: Konya Büyükşehir Belediye Stadyumu

Official: Cüneyt Çakır

Konyaspor XI: Serkan Kirintili; Mehmet Uslu – Jagos Vukovic – Ali Turan – Nejc Skubic; Ali Çamdali (88′ SubstitutedSubstituted Barry James Douglas)– Volkan Findikli – Amir Hadziahmetovic – Ömer Ali Şahiner ; Dimitar Rangelov (65’′ SubstitutedSubstituted Deni Milosevic) – Rijad Bajic (71′ SubstitutedSubstituted Ioan Hora)

Reserves: Kaya Tarakcı, Selim Ay, Barry James Douglas, Deni Milosevic, Abdülkerim Bardakcı, Halil İbrahim Sönmez, Ioan Hora

Head coach: Aykut Kocaman

Beşiktaş XI: Tolga Zengin; Andreas Beck – Marcelo Guedes – Dusko Tosić- Adriano Correia; Atiba Hutchinson – Oğuzhan Özyakup (63′ SubstitutedSubstituted Luiz Rhodolfo)– Tolgay Arslan (77′ SubstitutedSubstituted Kerim Frei); Ricardo Quaresma (88′ SubstitutedSubstituted Ömer Şişmanoğlu) – Olcay Şahan – Cenk Tosun

Reserves: Fabricio Agosto Ramirez, Gökhan Gönül, Luiz Rhodolfo, Fatih Aksoy, Aras Özbiliz, Kerim Frei, Ömer Şişmanoğlu

Head coach: Şenol Güneş

Goals: Rijad Bajic (8′, 60′), Olcay Şahan (14′), Cenk Tosun (53′)

Yellow cards: Necip Usyal (30′, 82′), Rijac Bajic (40′), Ali Çamdalı (45+1′), Ali Turan (45+4′), Tolga Zengin (45+4′),

Red card: Necip Uysal (82′ double yellow)

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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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