STSL: Beşiktaş: 1 Fenerbahçe: 1

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Updated: May 7, 2017

Beşiktaş have squandered two crucial points in the absolute dying seconds of their derby match against Fenerbahçe, who were even down to 9 men at the time.

Beşiktaş dominated the match pretty much start to finish and apart from one chance for Emmanuel Emenike late in the game, the visitors couldn’t really threaten the Black Eagles. Beşiktaş had taken a deserved lead in the first minute of first half stoppage time after a briliant splitting pass from Tolgay Arslan to Ricardo Quaresma, Quaresma delivered to cross in to the far post where Vincent Aboubakar put the Eagles 1-0 up.

The second half was much of the same, Beşiktaş in control and creating chances, Volkan Demirel denied the Eagles several times. Fenerbahçe were only looking to strike on the counter but Beşiktaş seemingly had everything under control and did well to close the visitors down quickly, not allowing their quick players on the wings to utilize their pace to their fullest.

But as the match drew to a close Beşiktaş invited the pressure and sat back, something which is difficult to understand as Fenerbahçe had seen two red cards in the span of 4 minutes with both Martin Skrtel and Josef De Souza seeing their second yellow cards.

As the clock was ticking away, literally in the final 5 seconds of the four minutes that were added on, Simon Kjaer was left free to put in a long ball in tot he area, nobody put pressure on him despite being two men up. Fabri came out of his goal to clear but due to misscommunication with Marcelo the ball somehow ended up in the back of the net, a very undeserved equalizer for the visitors but that doesn’t impact the scoreline: 1-1 at fulltime, leaving the fans and the team devastated for the second match in a row.

With 4 matches left in the season Beşiktaş are still 2 points clear at the top and fully in control of their own destiny, however this second blow in a week’s time could impact the morale of the players and put additional pressure on them.

Beşiktaş travel away to Bursaspor next weekend and host Kasimpaşa the following weekend before travelling to Gaziantepspor on matchday 33 and ultimately ending the season at home against Osmanlispor.

Closest rivals Başakşehir host Gençlerbirligi next week and travel to Trabzonspor the week after, they host Adanaspor on matchday 33 and finish the season away at Kayserispor.


Stadium: Vodafone Arena

Official: Firat Aydinus

Beşiktaş XI: Fabricio Ramirez; Gökhan Gönul – Marcelo Guedes – Atınç Nukan – Adriano Correia; Tolgay Arslan – Oğuzhan Özyakup – Anderson Talisca; Ricardo Quaresma – Vincent Aboubakar – Ryan Babel

Reserves: Tolga Zengin, Necip Uysal, Andreas Beck, Gökhan İnler, Cenk Tosun, Demba Ba

Head coach: Şenol Güneş

Fenerbahçe XI: Volkan Demirel; Hasan Ali Kaldırım – Simon Kjaer –  Martin Skrtel – İsmail Köybaşı (46′ Ozan Tufan); Roman Neustadter (46′ Salih Uçan) – Josef de Souza – Alper Potuk; Jeremain Lens – Robin van Persie (74′ Emmanuel Emenike) – Moussa Sow

Reserves: Ertuğrul Taşkıran, Yiğithan Güveli, Ozan Tufan, Volkan Şen, Salih Uçan, Aatif Chahechouhe, Emmanuel Emenike

Head coach: Dick Advocaat

Goals: Vincent Aboubakar (45+1′), Marcelo Guedes (o.g. 90+4′)

Yellow cards: Volkan Demirel (29′), Salih Uçan (61), Tolgay Arslan (65′), Martin Skrtel (81′, 87′), Josef De Souza (90′, 90+2′), Emmanuel Emenike (90′)

Red cards: Martin Skrtel (87′), Josef De Souza (90+2′)

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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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