STSL: Beşiktaş: 1 Rizespor: 0

Updated: March 4, 2017

Süper Lig leaders Beşiktaş have booked their 6th win in their last 7 league matches following a narrow 1-0 victory over relegation candidate Çaykur Rizespor.

The visitors made their intentions known early on after they gave the Black Eagles an early warning with a quick counter attack over the left wing through Dhurgham Ismail, the Iraqi international üsed his pace well and managed to center a cross in towards Leonard Kweuke after just two minutes, but his attempt went wide.

Gökhan Gönül celebrating his first goal as a Beşiktaş player.

After that early scare Beşiktaş maintained possession and probed the Rizespor defence repeatedly but the visitors were well organized and frustrated the Black Eagles. Adding to that frustration as the match went one were the yellow cards in quick succession for Atınç, Gökhan and Quaresma, which left the last two suspended for the next league game against Kayserispor.

Beşiktaş did find the breakthrough goal five minutes from halftime however, Quaresma set up Adriano on the left with a flamboyant backheel pass which allowed the experienced Brazilian leftback to cross it in to the far post where Gökhan Gönül poked in his first ever goal as a Beşiktaş players: 1-0 after 40 minutes and this was also the score at halftime.

The second half started much as the first had gone with Beşiktaş in control of possession and looking to add another goal, but as that second goal didn’t come the visitors started taking more and more risks as the game went on. Rizespor brought on Patrik Tuszynski and Jakob Jantscher in an attempt to salvage a point and on several occassions made the home crowd sweat a bit.

But ultimately the visitors were unable to truely put Fabri to the test until the last seconds of the game on an Özgür Çek corner, Fabri had to make only one real save throughout this match but it was an important one and he did exactly that in the 4th minute of added time.

The second half was far from boring but it was largely without realy clear cut chances, Rizespor continued to be well organized and made it difficult for the Black Eagles on some rapid counters but in the end Beşiktaş managed to contain them and hold on to their narrow 1-0 win; Beşiktaş might be dissapointed that they couldn’t put the match away earlier, but at this stage of the competition only the 3 points count.

Beşiktaş are now temporarely 7 points clear at the top, but closest rivals Istanbul Başakşehir still play on Sunday at home against Alanyaspor, while third placed Galatasaray travel to Antalyaspor on Monday and fourth placed Fenerbahçe host Osmanlispor also on Sunday.

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Interesting facts:

  • Atiba Hutcinhson has completed 100 passes in 102 passing attempts against Rizespor (%98).
  • Gökhan Gönül has scored his first goal for Beşiktaş.
  • Gökhan Gönül has scored in 10 matches in his Super Lig career; his teams have won nine of these games (W9 D1).
  • Beşiktaş are unbeaten against Çaykur Rizespor since February 17th 2006 (W8 D4).

Stadium: Vodafone Arena

Official: Yaşar Kemal Uğurlu

Beşiktaş XI: Fabricio Ramirez; Gökhan Gönul – Marcelo Guedes – Atınç Nukan – Adriano Correia; Atiba Hutchinson – Oğuzhan Özyakup (88′ Gökhan İnler) – Anderson Talisca; Ricardo Quaresma (64′ Tolgay Arslan) – Cenk Tosun (74′ Vincent Aboubakar) – Ryan Babel

Reserves: Tolga Zengin, Matej Mitrovic, Andreas Beck, Gökhan İnler, Tolgay Arslan, Aras Özbiliz, Vincent Aboubakar

Head coach: Şenol Güneş

Çaykur Rizespor XI: Abdoulaye Diallo; Orhan Ovacıklı – Godfrey Oboabona – Mohamed Ali Yaakoubi – Dhurgham Ismail (86′ Özgür Çek); Marwane Saadane (59′ Jakob Jantscher) – Recep Niyaz – Robin Yalçın; Bright Edomwonyi – Leonard Kweuke – Nosa Igiebor (66′ Patrik Tuszynski)

Reserves: Gökhan Akkan, Matic Fink, Jakob Jantscher, Özgür Çek, Patrik Tuszynski, Oğulcan Çağlayan, Oğuz Han Aynaoğlu

Head coach: Hikmet Karaman

Goals: Gökhan Gönül (40′)

Yellow cards: Atınç Nukan (16′), Gökhan Gönül (18′), Ricardo Quaresma (28′), Mohamed Ali Yaakoubi (45′), Marwane Saadane (52′), Robin Yalçin (65′)

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Kaan Bayazit

Editor-in-chief at Beşiktaş International
I've been covering Turkish football and Beşiktaş in particular for several years. Followed the Süper Lig closely for over a decade. Frequent guest on the Turkish Football Weekly podcast. I've also done various media interviews concerning Beşiktaş in many different countries, from Costa Rica to The Netherlands. Born and raised in Belgium. Editor-in-chief at Beşiktaş International since 2013.
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