STSL: Akhisar: 0 Beşiktaş: 2

Updated: September 18, 2016

After a tough midweek match in the Champions League where the Black Eagles got a point away at the Estádio da Luz against Benfica, they had to square off with Akhisar Belediyespor in Manisa.

Beşiktaş had never won before on the road against Akhisar as the previous four encounters ended in 3 draws and 1 defeat. Last season Beşiktaş ended this fixture in dramatic fashion with a goal in extra time from Cenk Tosun which many considered won them the title.


Anderson Talisca has scored 2 goals and provided 1 assist in his first 3 official matches for the Black Eagles

Anderson Talisca has scored 2 goals and provided 1 assist in his first 3 official matches for the Black Eagles

Despite a high tempo match on Tuesday, Beşiktaş immediatly took control of the match and found themselves in the lead after only 8 minutes. Anderson Talisca, who got Beşiktaş a precious point with a brilliant free-kick against Benfica in second half stoppage time, marked his second goal for the club after an excellent long through ball across the top of Akhisar’s defence from Gökhan İnler.

Two minutes later Hugo Rodallega looked to set up Ricardo Vaz Té with the equalizer after a brilliant flick with his heel to put his teammate in front of Fabri, but the Spanish goalkeeper blocked the shot out in to corner.

After 24 minutes Olcay spotted Cenk Tosun’s run and found him with a well timed pass, Cenk cut to his right foot and fired a shot at goal but goalkeeper Fatih Öztürk did well to hold on to the ball. At the other end Sami tried his luck from the edge of the box but his shot went wide.

At the half hour mark Hugo Rodallega put Soner through with another excellent flick but the midfielder’s attempted lob went wide, Fabri wasn’t completely fooled either and would have probably been able to clear the shot if it had been between the posts.

Custodio and Miguel Lopes both tried their luck from distance around the 40 minute mark, but both their shots went wide off target. Akhisar seemed to struggle to really create chances and figured they’d attempt from distance.

Two minutes later Custodio got on the end of a Soner free-kick but Fabri held on to the attempt comfortably.

At the other end Quaresma forced Fatih Öztürk to a save from a free-kick but the Akhisar goalkeeper held on to it comfortably.

At the stroke of halftime Beşiktaş were awarded a free-kick from the right hand side, Caner Erkin took it and saw the ball deviated in goal by Akhisar’s striker Hugo Rodallega, putting the Black Eagles 2-0 up just before the break.

Beşiktaş seemed happy with the 2-0 lead and didn’t press too vigorously for that third goal which resulted in a rather boring second half. In the 52nd minute Marcelo Guedes was booked for protest after referee Bülent Yildirim waved play on following an alleged foul on Marcelo by Hugo Rodallega, this resulted in a one-on-one position for Rodallega but Dusko Tosic did well to return and steal the ball away from Rodallega. Marcelo however was furious with the referee as he felt he was fouled and continued his appeal resulting in a yellow card.

In the 57th minute Dusko Tosic once again did well to prevent Rodallega from becoming dangerous with an excellent tackle on the ball as the Colombian was looking to get on the end of a cross from the left wing.

Akhisar’s danger was limited to a few free-kicks which were cleared quite comfortably in the following minutes but in the 69th minute Hugo Rodallega took a free-kick from the left hand side which forced Fabri to push the shot against the bar and did well to hold on to the rebound.

One oft he more noteworthy moments in the second half was Gökhan İnler’s substitution in the 72nd minute following a slight injury to his right foot, nothing to serious it seemed but a precaution.

In the 75th minute Beşiktaş got a free-kick in an interesting position, Talisca stept up to take it but hit the wall, Quaresma hit the rebound toward goal but Fatih Öztürk held on to it easily.

Four minutes later Talisca did well to open up the left wing, Quaresma cut inside with the ball at his feet and fired a shot at goal but again Fatih Öztürk held on to his shot.

In the 84th minute the hosts felt though should have had a foul called their way and perhpas a card for Dusko Tosic who could be argued was the last man, but the referee judged that he played the ball. Hugo Rodallega got booked for protesting his decision.

Two minutes later Caner Erkin did well to find Vincent Aboubakar in the box, the striker nearly put the third against the back of the net but Miguel Lopes kept him from completely killing the match with a well timed intervention.

There were no more chances of note in the remaining minutes and Beşiktaş all-in-all got an easy win at a ground that usually gives them a lot of trouble.

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Interesting facts:

  • Anderson Talisca is the first non-Turkish player to score for Beşiktaş this season in the Spor Toto Süper Lig. (4 matches 11 goals*)
  • Beşiktaş had never beaten Akhisar Belediyespor on the road before. Their previous meetings ended in 4-1 (2012/13), 3-3 (2013/14), 1-1 (2014/15) and 3-3 (2015/16) respectively.
  • Beşiktaş have kept their first clean sheet of the season, having conceded 5 in their previous 4 official matches (3 STSL, 1 UCL)
  • Gökhan İnler has made his first league assist since February 8th 2014 (Napoli vs. AC Milan).

Stadium: Manisa 19 Mayis

Official: Bülent Yildirim

Akhisar Belediyespor XI: Fatih Öztürk; Miguel Lopes – Serdar Kesimal – Caner Osmanpaşa – Ömer Bayram; Custodio – Landry N’Guemo – Soner Aydoğdu (83′ Muğdat Çelik); Ricardo Vaz Té (64′ Onur Ayık) – Leocisio Sami (74′ Özer Hurmacı) – Hugo Rodallega

Reserves: Milan Lukac, Kadir Keleş, Orhan Taşdelen, Özer Hurmacı, Abdoul Sissoko, Muğdat Çelik, Onur Ayık

Head coach: Tolunay Kafkas

Beşiktaş XI: Fabricio Ramirez; Gökhan Gönül – Marcelo Guedes – Dusko Tosić – Caner Erkin; Gökhan İnler (72′ Adriano Correia) – Atiba Hutchinson – Anderson Talisca; Ricardo Quaresma – Olcay Şahan (59′ Tolgay Arslan) – Cenk Tosun (83′ Vincent Aboubakar)

Reserves: Tolga Zengin, Andreas Beck, Luiz Rhodoflo, Adriano Correia, Ömer Şişmanoğlu, Tolgay Arslan, Vincent Aboubakar

Head coach: Şenol Güneş

Goals: Anderson Talisca (8′), Hugo Rodallega (OG. 45+1′)

Yellow cards: Ömer Bayram (45′), Marcelo Guedes (52′), Gökhan Gönül (59′), Serdar Kesimal (60′), Hugo Rodallega (84′), Dusko Tosic (90+3′)

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