STSL: Beşiktaş: 2 Galatasaray: 2

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Updated: September 24, 2016

What should have been a gala-night at the Vodafone Arena tonight turned out to be a spectacular match that may leave a sour taste in the mouth of both participants of the match.

Beşiktaş started the match with a lot of pressure forward and forced the visitors back and forced them to defend. But on their first real break Galatasaray won a corner which they converted in to an early lead via Eren Derdiyok, 0-1 after just 8 minutes. The visitors immediately started wasting as much time as possible at every presented opportunity to the chagrin of the home crowd.

Five minutes later following a set-piece for the Black Eagles the ball ended up with Marcelo in the box, who fired a dangerous shot at goal but it took a slight deflection and went out in to corner.

Halfway through the first half there was a blatant foul from Hakan Balta on Cenk Tosun on the edge of the box but referee Ali Palabiyik waved play on, this scenario would repeat itself several time as the match continued.

While the first 15 minutes or so following the visitor’s goal the Black Eagles remained in control, halfway through the first half the game shifted and Galatasaray took control in midfield. Oguzhan Özyakup was invisible for the majority of the first half and seemed to lack fitness following his recent injury against Benfica.

Ten minutes before halftime Galatasaray were looking dangerous again and a hard shot from Yasin Öztekin was blocked by Caner Erkin, who stayed down following the shot, but the visitors continued to play and attack which resulted in frustration with the Black Eagles as referee Ali Palabiyik also refused to intervene. A foul was ultimately comitted on Bruma near the corner flag, Wesley Sneijder attempte dto surprise Fabri from the resulting free-kick but the Spaniard didn’t lose his concentration.

In the 39th minute Gökhan Gönül had a good run on the right hand side and squared to towards the first post where Cenk Tosun came storming in, but Cenk missed his shot and the ball ricocheted against his hand, following which the Black Eagles scored but the goal was disallowed for hand ball.

Right after the disallowed goal Wesley Sneijder was presented with a golden opportunity to deal a potential killing blow but Fabri did briliantly to keep the Dutchman out one on one.

Two minutes later Oguzhan had his first and only moment of brilliance in this match as he played the ball through towards Cenk Tosun who was brought down by Hakan Balta, surely a free-kick and a booking for Balta but Palabiyik once again wavedp play on.

In the 44th minute when it seemed like we were heading towards halftime with a 0-1 lead for the visitors, Bruma cut through the heart of the Beşiktaş midfield and defence and put it beyond Fabri: 0-2 and you’d think books closed.

Having conceded a devastating second goal right before halftime, Şenol Güneş knew he couldn’t wait any longer and took off both Oguzhan Özyakup and Olcay Şahan for Anderson Talisca and Vincent Aboubakar. The double substitution also saw the captain’s armband being passed on to Atiba Hutchinson for the remainder of the game.

The addition of Aboubakar and Talisca was immediately clear on the pitch as Beşiktaş were able to put a lot more pressure forward once again.

Marcelo's headed goal gave Beşiktaş the lifeline it needed to fight their way back in to this match

Marcelo’s headed goal gave Beşiktaş the lifeline it needed to fight their way back in to this match

In the 53rd minute Aboubakar did well on the edge of the box to win the ball and dribble his way towards goal but he was brought down by Aurélien Chedjou but yet again Ali Palabiyik refused to give a free-kick for the Black Eagles, on the contrary, as Aboubakar was going down he handled the ball so the referee awarded Galatasaray the free-kick.

After an excellent ball in from Caner Erkin towards Atiba, the Black Eagles nearly pulled one back in the 59th minute but Fernando Muslera did a great job keeping the Beşiktaş captain out.

Beşiktaş were finally awarded a free-kick from an interesting position in the 60th minute but Talisca’s curler went just wide off target.

In one of rare occasions of danger from the visitors at this stage in the second half, the ball fell for Tolga Cigerci in the 68th minute following a half cleared corner, but the midfielder fired the chance wide.

Beşiktaş continued to press forward and in the 73rd minute finally got that lifeline thanks to a Marcelo header following a Ricardo Quaresma corner.

Cenk Tosun's fabulous strike secured a point for the Black Eagles tonight, will this boost his confidence going forward?

Cenk Tosun’s fabulous strike secured a point for the Black Eagles tonight, will this boost his confidence going forward?

With the deficit just one goal now the Black Eagles continued to push the visitors back and five minutes later found that equalizer, again following a corner which Galatasaray were unable to properly clear. Dusko Tosic did very well to get the ball to Cenk Tosun who met the ball with a phenomenal shot in to the upper left corner leaving Fernando Muslera without a chance. 2-2 after 78 minutes.

Cenk could have achieved immortal status in the 80th minute as he met a good Caner Erkin cross with his head near the second post, but the Turkish International put the chance wide.

Again two minutes later an excellent break from the Black Eagles on the right, Anderson Talisca tried to beat Muslera with a well placed shot but the Uruguayan goalkeeper did well at full stretch to tip the shot out of his goal.

Close to full time Ricardo Quaresma nearly found Vincent Aboubakar with a cross from the right side but the Cameroonian strike couldn’t meet the low ball with a touch to put the Black Eagles 3-2 up.

As we entered extra time both teams had one more great opportunity to score, at one end Fabri did very well to keep substitute Josué out and at the other end Muslera did the same to keep Ricardo Quaresma from scoring, seeing to a 2-2 draw at full time.

The Black Eagles will on one hand be happy that they got atleast a point from this match, having been 0-2 down at halftime. But they may also feel a bit disappointed that they couldn’t make the complete turnaround as they had several chances following the equalizer to do so.

But coming back from a two goal deficit in a tough derby match will surely give the Black Eagles confidence going forward and hopefully they can learn their lessons from this match as they have another key match on Wednesday in the Champions League against Dynamo Kyiv.

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Interesting facts:

  • This was the first time Beşiktaş fell behind and lost points at Vodafone Arena
  • The last Beşiktaş-Galatasaray derby to end in a draw was on 26 Aug 2013 – also their last meeting at the old İnönü Stadium.
  • Cenk Tosun has now scored 5 goals at Vodafone Arena, more than any other player
  • Eren Derdiyok has scored 3 goals in his 3 Süper Lig matches against Beşiktaş
  • Before the match Beşiktaş had scored 11 goals; only in 3 seasons they had more in the first 4 games (66-67, 94-95, 15-16), they became Champions in every one of those seasons

Stadium: Vodafone Arena

Official: Ali Palabiyik

Beşiktaş XI: Fabricio Ramirez; Gökhan Gönül – Marcelo Guedes – Dusko Tosić – Caner Erkin; Gökhan İnler – Atiba Hutchinson – Oğuzhan Özyakup (46′ Anderson Talisca); Ricardo Quaresma – Olcay Şahan (46′ Vincent Aboubakar) – Cenk Tosun (85′ Adriano Correia)

Reserves: Tolga Zengin, Andreas Beck, Luiz Rhodolfo, Adriano Correia, Tolgay Arslan, Anderson Talisca, Vincent Aboubakar

Head coach: Şenol Güneş

Galatasaray XI: Fernando Muslera; Sabri Sarioglu (83′ Luis Cavanda) – Aurélien Chedjou – Hakan Balta – Lionel Carole; Tolga Ciğerci – Selçuk İnan – Wesley Sneijder; Yasin Öztekin (83′ Josué) – Bruma – Eren Derdiyok

Reserves: Cenk Gönen, Hamit Altıntop, Martin Linnes, Sinan Gümüş, Semih Kaya, Josué, Luis Cavanda

Head coach: Jan Olde Riekerink

Goals: Eren Derdiyok (8′), Bruma (44′), Marcelo Guedes (73′), Cenk Tosun (78′)

Yellow cards: Wesley Sneijder (22′), Ricardo Quaresma (55′), Tolga Ciğerci (65′), Fernando Muslera (83′), Dusko Tosic (90+3′)

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