STSL: Rizespor: 0 Beşiktaş: 1

Updated: October 1, 2016

Following two draws in their past two games, first against Galatasaray in the league followed by a draw with Dynamo Kyiv in the Champions League, the Black Eagles were looking for 3 points on the road in Rize to go in to the international break on a high note.

For a long time it didn’t look like Beşiktaş would bag the 3 points but thanks to a fabulous long range effort from their new transfer Adriano Correia they will travel back to Istanbul with a positive feeling headed in to the international break.

The Black Eagles were missing several important players due to injury and started the match with a modest starting lineup. Olcay and Ömer started on the wings while Necip made his return for the first time since matchday 2 against Konyaspor.

The match started at a very slow pace and for the first 10 minutes of the game there was barely any danger. In the 10th minute the Black Eagles were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box, Caner Erkin stept up to take it but goalkeeper Abdoulaye Diallo held on to it comfortably.

Two minutes later at the other end Ahmet Ilhan Özek tried to earn a penalty for the home side but referee Cüneyt Çakır showed him a yellow card for simulation.

Just a minute after that the Eagles earned another free-kick in a similar position as the firs tone, this time Caner opted for a cross, which was met by Necip’s head but it didn’t trouble the goalkeeper.

Rizespor’s Emrah Basşan and Davide Petrucci both tried their luck from outside the box in the following few minutes but neither could threaten Fabricio’s goal.

In an attempt to drive up the tempo of the game and create some more danger the Black Eagles morphed to a 4-4-2 formation midway through the first half with Necip Uysal moving to the right wing.

In the 34th minute Caner wipped the ball in to the box with a well taken corner and the ball ended up in front of the boot of Necip Uysal, but rather than shooted he made the decision to pass which was probably the wrong decision as the chance was lost from there.

Another shot from outside the box for the hosts via Ahmet Ilhan in the 36th minute looked somewhat dangerous, atleast more than the previous two, but again couldn’t trouble Fabri.

In the 40th minute the Black Eagles created a good scoring opportunity, the first of the match for either side, Cenk broke through on the right wing and delivered a quality cross in to the area for Ömer, who saw his headed effort go wide.

The first half had nothing more to offer, one good chance and a very low tempo. Aboubakar, Adriano and Quaresma all started their warming up midway through the first half and two of them immediatly came on at halftime as the score remained 0-0.

Quaresma and Aboubakar came on for Olcay and Ömer at the start of the second half and that had a clear impact on the game from the get go.

In the 52nd minute Dusko Tosic nearly set up Aboubakar with the opening goal following an excellent low cross, but the Cameroonian striker saw the defender clear it right as he was about to connect with the ball.

Two minutes later Caner provided Aboubakar with an excellent cross in to the penalty area but Aboubakar could only graze it with his head, seeing the ball go inches wide of the far post with goalkeeper Diallo left nailed to the ground. An excellent opportunity for the Black Eagles yet again.

In the 57th minute Tolgay found Cenk on the edge of the box, the Turkish international fired a shot at goal but saw it go just wide of the left post. Another good opportunity for the visitors.

Beşiktaş continued to pile on the pressure and again only two minutes later they created another excellent opportunity, this time Tolgay was set up with the ball in the penalty area and he squared it to the far post towards Aboubakar, but once again the striker just couldn’t put it away as he failed to connect with the ball at the far post for what would have been an easy tap in.

With an hour gone and four good chances in the timespan of 15 minutes it could be called a small miracle that it was still only 0-0.

The hosts brought on Leonard Kweuke in the 61st minute for Ahmet Ilhan, Kweuke had been out injured for half a year and only just returned to full fitness in the past two weeks. He did offer the hosts a bit more presence up front but struggled against Marcelo for the remainder of the game.

Midway through the second half both Quaresma and Necip tried their luck toward goal but both saw their attempts go wide. As the match entered the final third of the game the tempo once again went down. Beşiktaş looked somewhat fatigued following their Champions League match on Wednesday and had some issues keeping up the pressure at the same pace they had the first 15 minutes of the second half.

After 75 minutes the Black Eagles used their final substitution, Adriano Correia replacing Necip Uysal.

The tempo of the game seemed to have hit a low once again comparative to the first half and the next chance in this game didn’t come until the 88th minute, another excellent cross from Caner Erkin but once again Aboubakar could not reward his good run with a good connection with the ball, another chance went wide.

Despite dominating the game and creating plenty of chances, the Black Eagles needed a special type of strike from Adriano to grab 3 points tonight

Despite dominating the game and creating plenty of chances, the Black Eagles needed a special type of strike from Adriano to grab 3 points tonight

With only 3 minutes of time added on and Rizespor using their final substitution past the 90 minute mark, chances for a late winner looked grim for the Black Eagles. But that wouldn’t be the case if Adriano Correia had anything to say about it, as the full time whistle was fast approaching the 32 Brazilian struck the ball from 20 meters out and left goalkeeper Diallo nailed to the ground as his shot went in to the top left corner, clinching the victory for the Black Eagles in dramatic fashion. Adriano took off his shirt in celebration and gladly took the accompanying yellow card as he knew this goal would prove to be the winner; and it was, Beşiktaş beat Rizespor on the road 1-0 and take 3 points back home to Istanbul.

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Interesting facts:

  • Adriano Correia has scored his first goal in a competitive match since November 24th 2015 (Barcelona v AS Roma in the Champions League)
  • Beşiktaş completed 590 passes against Rizespor, a Süper Lig record since the start of the 2014/15 season. The previous record was held by Galatasaray (584, also against Rizespor)
  • Şenol Güneş has never lost a Süper Lig match against Rizespor as a coach (7 wins, 1 draw)

Stadium: Yeni Rize Şehir Stadyumu

Official: Cüneyt Çakır

Çaykur Rizespor XI: Abdoulaye Diallo; Orhan Ovacıklı – Ümit Kurt – Godfrey Oboabona – Dhurgham İsmail; Davide Petrucci – Marwane Saadane – Emrah Başsan – Oğulcan Çağlayan – Jakob Jantscher; Ahmet İlhan Özek (61′ Leonard Kweuke)

Reserves: Gökhan Akkan, Mohamed Ali Yaakoubi, Matic Fink, Özgür Çek, Robin Yalçın, Leonard Kweuke, Iyayi Atiemwen

Head coach: Hikmet Karaman

Beşiktaş XI: Fabricio Ramirez; Andreas Beck – Dusko Tosic – Marcelo Guedes – Caner Erkin; Necip Uysal (75′ Adriano Correia) – Atiba Hutchinson – Tolgay Arslan; Ömer Şişmanoğlu (46′ Vincent Aboubakar) – Olcay Şahan (46′ Ricardo Quaresma) – Cenk Tosun

Reserves: Tolga Zengin, Luiz Rhodolfo, Adriano Correia, Aras Özbiliz, Kerim Frei, Ricardo Quaresma, Vincent Aboubakar

Head coach: Şenol Güneş

Goals: Adriano Correia (90+3′)

Yellow cards: Ahmet İlhan Özek (12′), Tolgay Arslan (45′), Marcelo Guedes (49′), Ricardo Quaresma (84′), Adriano Correia (90+3′)

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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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