STSL: Gençlerbirliği: 1 Beşiktaş: 1

Updated: October 28, 2016

The Black Eagles continue their unbeaten run but drop two precious points in the process despite a plethora of chances in the second half against Gençlerbirliği.


Beşiktaş players showed their support to team mate Caner Erkin who suffered a devastating Achilles tendon injury last week and will be out for atleast 6 months.

Following the serious Achilles tendon injury to Caner Erkin and slight injuries to Atiba, Oguzhan, Gökhan Inler and Ömer the Black Eagles were missing several key players in midfield. Necip Uysal replaced Atiba in the starting lineup but he had to be substituted off after just 16 minutes with an injury of his own. Luiz Rhodolfo replaced him which saw Adriano move to midfield and Dusko Tosic to left-back. Gençlerbirliği capitalized on some miss communication at the back with the Black Eagles as the new defensive lineup was still adjusting, Fabri gifted the hosts the goal as he came out way too far of goal without ther ereally being need for it, Serdar Gürler lofted the ball in to the empty net as Gençler took the lead after 26 minutes: 1-0.

Things looked quite grim for the Black Eagles as they were unable to really get a decent tempo going in the match which allowed the hosts to break down attacks early on leading to no chances for Beşiktaş in the first half.

Fabri was forced to make one excellent save in the first half as he kept out a long range effort from midfielder Guy Landel, apart from this rare occurance Gençlerbirliği didn’t really create anything themselves.

With a substitute already used in the first half the Black Eagles made another change at halftime, bringing on Aboubakar for a bleak Olcay.

Anderson Talisca thanks Ricardo Quaresma for another quality assist following his equalizing goal.

Anderson Talisca thanks Ricardo Quaresma for another quality assist following his equalizing goal.

Some tactical adjustments were applied howeve ras Adriano moved back to his left-back position while Marcelo took his place in midfield, Dusko Tosic moved back to the center of defence.

Beşiktaş started off the second half a lot differently than they had played in the first half and it almost immediatly led to the equalizing goal, 6 minutes in Ricardo Quaresma delivered an inch perfect cross for Anderson Talisca to head it in: 1-1 after just 51 minutes.

Following the equalizer the Black Eagles kept pounding on the door, 3 minutes later Gençlerbirliği goalkeeper Johannes Hopf made a miraculous save as Quaresma’s cross was headed towards the lower right corner by Marcelo.

In the 63rd and 64th minute the Swedish goalkeeper against denied the Eagles as he kept out first Talisca and then Quaresma. After 68 minutes Fabri was forced to make a rare save himself, on a free-kick from Irfan Can Kahveci.

After 72 minutes the hosts were saved by the post as Quaresma’s corner went almost straight in, two minutes later once again Johannes Hopf denied the eagle sas he made an excellent save on a vicious shot from Vincent Aboubakar.

In the 75th minute Cenk Tosun was alone through on goal, he squared it to Ricardo Quaresma for the easy tap in finish but his pass was too hard which forced Quaresma out of bounds. This should have been the 1-2 but the final pass was lacking.

In the 78th minute Cenk Tosun curled a free-kick just wide off of Johannes Hopf’s goal, another good opportunity wasted by the Black Eagles.

Beşiktaş continued to pound on the door and Ahmet Çalık needed an ultimate tackle to deny Vincent Aboubakar with an excellent block in the 80th minute. Just a minute later Cenk Tosun was stopped by an excellent block.

An unwritten rule in football states that if you waste the chances yourself you’re bound to run in to a devastating counter attack and that rule was nearly proven to be right once again as Serdar Gürler delivered a good cross in to the box for Abdul Khalili, but fortunately his attempt was of very poor quality.

Beşiktaş had one more huge chance to snatch the late victory but Cenk Tosun was this time denied by the bar! Quaresma delivered another trademark cross in to the penalty area which was headed back by Marcelo catching Johannes Hopf out of his goal, Cenk only needed to nod it down to score in to the empty goal but his header was a few inches too high and hit the bar and went out! An incredible opportunity for what would hav ebeen an overly deserved second goal, but lady luck was not on our side yet again.

The remaining 5-6 minutes of the match did not deliver any more chances for either side and the match ended in a very surprising 1-1 draw following a second half with 5-6 incredible chances. But an excellent performance by Johannes Hopf and the woodwork saw the points devided.

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Interesting facts:

  • Cenk Tosun has failed to score a goal in his last 17 attempts in the Süper Lig; he had scored five goals in his first 17 this term.
  • Beşiktaş could win only one of their last six Super Lig games away at Genclerbirligi (D3 L2).
  • Anderson Talisca has been involved in five goals in his six league games for Beşiktaş (four goals and one assist).
  • Quaresma has five assists in his last seven competitive games for Beşiktaş.

Stadium: Ankara 19 Mayiz

Official: Alper Ulusoy

Gençlerbirliği XI: Johannes Hopf; Ahmet Oğuz – Ahmet Çalık – Politevich -Uğur Çiftçi; Guy Landel – Selçuk Şahin – Serdar Gürler (90+4′ Ante Kulusic) – Aydın Karabulut (76′ Abdul Khalili) – İrfan Can Kahveci (89′ Tokelo Rantie); Vedat Muriqi

Reserves: Nihat Şahin, Halil İbrahim Pehlivan, Ante Kulusic, Orhan Şam, Abdul Khalili, Kamal Issah, Tokelo Rantie

Head coach: İbrahim Üzülmez

Beşiktaş XI: Fabricio Ramirez; Gökhan Gönül (87′ Andreas Beck) – Marcelo Guedes – Dusko Tosic – Adriano Correia; Necip Uysal (16′ Luiz Rhodolfo) – Tolgay Arslan – Anderson Talisca; Ricardo Quaresma – Olcay Şahan (46′ Vincent Aboubakar) – Cenk Tosun

Reserves: Tolga Zengin, Luiz Rhodolfo, Atınç Nukan, Andreas Beck, Kerim Frei, Aras Özbiliz, Vincent Aboubakar

Head coach: Şenol Güneş

Goals: Serdar Gürler (26′), Anderson Talisca (51′)

Yellow cards: Dusko Tosic (29′), Gökhan Gönül (67′), İrfan Can Kahveci (70′), Sergei Politevich (90′), Selçuk Şahin (90+3′)

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