STSL: Kasimpaşa: 2 Beşiktaş: 1

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Updated: December 17, 2016

Beşiktaş have unexpectedly suffered their first defeat of the season against Kasimpaşa after going unbeaten for 14 games. With Başakşehir’s win earlier today over Trabzonspor (1-0) they are now the sole leaders of the Turkish Süper Lig.

The Black Eagles had came through the second part of November and the first part of December still undefeated, despite facing Fenerbahçe, Başakşehir and Bursaspor in the process. So everyone was confident that going into the final two matches before the Winter break against Kasimpaşa and Gaziantepspor (next week) the Black Eagles would come out with 6 points.

Cenk Tosun’s opener and 10th league goal of the season was not enough for Beşiktaş to secure any points

That idea was only further strengthened when Beşiktaş took the lead in the 31st minute following Cenk Tosun’s 10th goal of the season, further establishing him as the current leading goalscorer in the league.

But following four crazy minutes at the start of the second half the Black Eagles suddenly found themselves trailing. Much like last season Beşiktaş had given away a 1-0 lead against Kasimpaşa and would further fail to turn the match around.

But Kasimpaşa is not the side they were last season, having lost many of their quality players due to their shrinking budget. Few quality players remained but one of them got the scores level in the 47th minute, Tunay Torun poked in a Samuel Educk cross at the far post. Two minutes later Gökhan Gönül would beat his own goalkeeper and put the 2-1 scoreline on the board.

Beşiktaş lacked inspiration and and frankly quality up front to really force the game back in their favour. A huge chance in the third minute of stoppage time for Olcay was the main chance the Eagles had at salvaging a point. But despite taking the lead in this match, this seemed to be one of those matches where almost everything that could go wrong did go wrong. On top of the loss of points and their first defeat of the season the Black Eagles will also have to do without Adriano Correia next week against Gaziantepspor, as the Brazilian received a yellow card.

Interesting facts:

  • Beşiktaş lead their first defeat of the Süper Lig season.
  • Cenk Tosun has been involved in 12 goals in 15 games (10 goals 2 assists).
  • Beşiktaş lost 4 points against Kasimpaşa last season, the only team alongside Akhisar which the 2015/16 Champions did not manage to beat atleast once.

Stadium: Recep Tayyip Erdogan stadium

Official: Halil Umut Meler

Visitors XI: Ramazan Köse; Strahil Popov – Veysel Sarı – Cristian Titi – Olivier Veigneau; Loret Sadiku – Abdullah Durak – André Castro; Bengali Koita (90+3′ Batuhan Altıntaş) – Tunay Torun (83′ David Pavelka) – Samuel Eduok (78′ Turgut Doğan Şahin)

Reserves: Kadem Burak Yaşar, Vasil Bozhikov, Kenneth Otigba, David Pavelka, Ferhat Kiraz, Turgut Doğan Şahin, Batuhan Altıntaş

Head coach: Kemal Özdeş

Beşiktaş XI: Fabricio Ramirez; Gökhan Gönül – Luiz Rhodolfo (86′ Olcay Şahan) – Dusko Tosic – Adriano Correia; Atiba Hutchinson – Tolgay Arslan (78 Atınç Nukan) – Oğuzhan Özyakup; Ricardo Quaresma – Cenk Tosun – Vincent Aboubakar (72′ Kerim Frei)

Reserves: Tolga Zengin, Andreas Beck, Atınç Nukan, Gökhan Inler, Olcay Şahan, Kerim Frei, Necip Uysal

Head coach: Şenol Güneş

Goals: Cenk Tosun (31′), Tunay Torun (47′), Gökhan Gönül (OG 50′)

Yellow cards: Adriano Correia (77′), Cristian Titi (81′), Strahil Popov (86′), Atınç Nukan (87′)

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Kaan Bayazit

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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