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STSL: Beşiktaş: 2 Kayserispor: 2
Beşiktaş have dropped two precious points in the title race, while closest rivals Istanbul Başakşehir won earlier on the day against Konyaspor.
Kayserispor’s meteoric rise since the appointal of Sergen Yalçin as they continue their rise in the table after a deserved points at Vodafone Arena, making them just the third team to acquire a point at the Black Eagles’ new temple in the league.
The visitors started well to the game and had no intention to park the bus and clearly came to attack and look for chances. Beşiktaş had been the most dangeorus side in the opening quarter but apart from some attempts from distance via Talisca and some set-pieces Ali Ahamada had little to do, on the 20 minute mark it was Kayserispor’s turn and they seemingly took the lead on their first dangerous attack but the goal was disallowed for offside; Varela had beaten Andreas Beck on the left and crossed it in to the near post where Umut Bulut tapped in an easy finish, but the experienced Turkish striker was judged offside by the linesman (a tight but seemingly correct call by the officials).
Beşiktaş were warned, but Kayserispor continued their probing and put Beşiktaş under pressure between the 20th and 30th minute. The Black Eagles restored the balance towards the final third of the first half and took control of the game again, but without really creating any clear cut chances until the 40th minute, but Ali Ahamada kept out a great attempt by Vincent Aboubakar.
Şenol Güneş didn’t wait to take action and brought on Tolgay aRslan for Ryan Babel at halftime. But had to make another substituted just 9 minutes later as Beşiktaş’ defensive leader Marcelo Guedes picked up an injury.
Just a minute later Beşiktaş took the lead after an Oğuzhan Özyakup corner; the ball ended up with Vincent Aboubakar who blasted it past Ali Ahamada: 1-0 after 55 minutes. The Black Eagles were dangerous several more times following their goal but still couldn’t enjoy their lead for too long though, and uncharacteristically gave away their lead at home after just 9 minutes, Umut Bulut again popping up at the near post this time, after an excellent low Erkan Kaş (ex-Beşiktaş) cross: 1-1 after 64 minutes.
Beşiktaş wanted to keep the 3 points at home and started piling on the pressure after the equalizer but that second goal didn’t come, on the contrary, against the run of play Kayserispor struck again. This time it was Deniz Türüç who did briliantly to beat two direct opponents with a quick turn and his low cross was put in to the back of the Beşiktaş net by their own rightback, Andreas Beck, an unfortunate goal to concede but nevertheless it looked grim for the Black Eagles after 82 minutes: 1-2.
Beşiktaş did not give up however, Anderson Talisca was first denied by the post in the 86th minute and was also adjudged offside by the linesman (he was onside), but Beşiktaş did find that late equalizer as Oğuzhan played the ball in to Aboubakar who did briliantly to hold off the defender and beat Ali Ahamada: 2-2 after 88 minutes.
Four minutes of additional time did not bring any more goals and the score at the final whislte remained the same: 2-2. Beşiktaş drop two precious points but can’t exactly say that Kayserispor pulled a fast one, the visitors thoroughly deserved to get a point and both teams will likely be happy with the result based on the match proceedings.
Man of the match
As their really is no contest this week as to who was the #MOTM, we’ll just announce it here: VINCENT ABOUBAKAR.
- Beşiktaş are unbeaten in their last seven games in which Oğuzhan Ozyakup contributed to goal this season (5 goals and 3 assists).
- Kayserispor are unbeaten in their last seven league games (W5 D2); their longest run since February – March 2016 (seven games).
- Beşiktaş haven’t lost any of their 15 games at Vodafone Arena in Super Lig (W12 D3), this was their 3rd draw.
- Kayserispor have lost only one of their six league games against Galatasaray, Beşiktaş and Fenerbahçe this season (W3 D2).
- Vincent Aboubakar has scored six goals in his last seven competitive games for Beşiktaş.
Stadium: Vodafone Arena
Official: Cüneyt Çakir
Beşiktaş XI: Fabricio Ramirez; Andreas Beck – Marcelo Guedes (54′ Matej Mitrovic) – Dusko Tosic – Adriano Correia; Atiba Hutchinson – Oğuzhan Özyakup – Anderson Talisca; Vincent Aboubakar – Cenk Tosun – Ryan Babel (46′ Tolgay Arslan)
Reserves: Tolga Zengin, Atınç Nukan, Matej Mitrovic, Necip Uysal, Gökhan İnler, Tolgay Arslan, Ömer Şişmanoğlu
Head coach: Şenol Güneş
Kayserispor XI: Ali Ahamada; Levent Gülen – Larrys Mabiala – Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik – Erkan Kaş; Deniz Türüç (86′ Samba Sow) – Raheem Lawal (75′ Douglão) – Rajko Rotman; Welliton Soares (90+2′ Hakan Aslantaş) – Umut Bulut – Silvestre Varela
Reserves: Muammer Yıldırım, Hakan Aslantaş, Douglão, Kubilay Sönmez, Landry N’Guemo, Samba Sow, Umut Sönmez
Head coach: Sergen Yalçin
Goals: Vincent Aboubakar (55′, 88′), Umut Bulut (64′), Andreas Back (O.G. 82′)
Yellow cards: Marcelo Guedes (22′), Levent Gülen (29′), Raheem Lawal (39′), Deniz Türüç (72′),