STSL: Beşiktaş: 2 Bursaspor: 1

Updated: August 26, 2017

Beşiktaş head in to the international break with their second win in three games, but they did so without playing too well.

As we’ve come to expect from Beşiktaş they started off in control of the game, retaining possession. But Bursaspor were well organized and the Black Eagles found it difficult to break them down from open play, after 18 minutes Beşiktaş struck first following a Ricardo Quaresma corner; Atiba headed the ball through at the near post toward Dusko Tosic who fumbled the ball in at the far post: 1-0.

Beşiktaş did not enjoy their lead too long however, after a poor counter execution in a promising position, Cenk lost the ball and on the break Bursaspor caught Beşiktaş’ defensive line completely off guard as Bogdan Stancu only had to lay it off for Dzon Delarge for an easy tap in goal five minutes after the opener: 1-1 after 23 minutes.

With most of the danger coming from their defenders on set-pieces, Beşiktaş looked far from convicning but got the all important 3 points.

Beşiktaş retained control of the game but without creating any major chances, they were mainly dangerous on set-pieces and crosses from the wings but without creating clear-cut goal scoring opportunities. The first half ended all square in 1-1.

No changes at halftime, which may have as littl eof a surprise as the team didn’t play their best football in the first half. And for a while Bursaspor seemed to have their organization down well, but Beşiktaş creeped in front again from a corner kick, this time the man who provided the assist to the first goal put the Eagles in front as Atiba Hutchinson put in a rebound following Harun Tekin performing a save on a Pepe header: 2-1 after 64 minutes.

After Beşiktaş took the lead they failed to truely press for a third goal which led to them leaning back a bit too much, allowing Bursaspor more initiative. Fortunately this did not result in any real chances for the visitors in the remaining half an hour and Beşiktaş were the more dangerous side without being too effective. Álvaro Negredo came in after 72 minutes but barely had any ball contacts as Beşiktaş were far too pragmatic to create any real danger. Apart from a penalty shout toward the end of the game the Eagles didn’t really come close to scoring a third but fortunately for them Bursaspor came even less close to scoring a second.

Beşiktaş win their second home game of the season with 2-1 against a well organized Bursapsor side, but they will have to perform much better come the end of the international break if they want to be ready for the Champions League group stage opener against Porto. Beşiktaş still seem far from their best form and perhaps Şenol Güneş should be less reluctant to start his new transfers in the next few games.

With this win Beşiktaş now have 7 points from 3 games, 2 points behind early leaders Galatasaray who still have the maximum.


Stadium: Vodafone Park

Official: Mete Kalkavan

Beşiktaş XI: Fabricio Ramirez; Adriano Correia (79′ Andreas Beck)  – Pepe – Dusko Tosic – Caner Erkin; Atiba Hutchinson – Oğuzhan Özyakup – Anderson Talisca; Ricardo Quaresma (85′ Tolgay Arslan) – Cenk Tosun (72′ Álvaro Negredo) – Ryan Babel

Reserves: Tolga Zengin, Andreas Beck, Tolgay Arslan, Necip Uysal, Gary Medel, Sedat Şahintürk, Mustafa Pektemek, Orkan Çınar, Jeremain Lens, Álvaor Negredo

Head coach: Şenol Güneş

Bursaspor XI: Harun Tekin; Aziz Behich, Titi, Ekong, Barış Yardımcı; Mikel Agu, Emmanuel Badu, Pablo Batalla; Deniz Yılmaz (66′ Ekoko), Bogdan Stancu (82′ Cristobal Jorquera), Dzon Delarge (77′ Sinan Bakış)

Reserves: Muhammed Şengezer, İsmail Konuk, Onur Atasayar, Paschal Okoli, Bilal Kısa, Merter Yüce, Cristobal Jorquera, Furkan Özçal, Sinan Bakış, Ekoko

Head coach: Paul Le Guen

Goals: Dusko Tosic (’18), Dzon Delarge (’23), Atiba Hutchinson (64′)

Yellow cards: Adriano Correia (8′), Barış Yardımcı (36′), Mikel Agu (68′), Andreas Beck (’86), Ekoko (90′)

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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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