STSL: Karabükspor: 0 Beşiktaş: 1

Updated: September 10, 2017

Despite at one point everything seemingly wasn’t going Beşiktaş’ way, the Black Eagles got a crucial win away at the Dr. Necmettin Şeyhoğlu stadium thanks to a Ryan Babel goal.

Beşiktaş started brightly to the match and with several changes to the starting eleven as Şenol Güneş opted to give both Álvaro Negredo and Jeremain Lens their first start in an official capacity.

Negredo immediately involved himself well in the teamplay, creating space for his teammates and nearly set up Talisca witht he opener after just 9 minutes, but goalkeeper Rybka denied the Brazilian!

Oğuzhan’s missed penalty could have cost the Black Eagles precious points, but fortunately his briliant through ball on Babel secured the win for Beşiktaş.

Several minutes later Pepe nearly headed home on a Caner Erkin freekick, but his attempt went wide of target in the 13th minute.

After 25 minutes Ryan Babel was sent through on goal by Oğuzhan, Babel beat keeper Rybka but Dany Nounkeu cleared the ball in to corner before it could end up in the back of the net.

After 31 minutes the hosts had their first peak at the window, with Mustapha Yatabaré breaking through on the right wing. His cross found Cristian Tanase in the box but the Romanian failed to get his shot between the posts as Fabri closed him down well.

Ten minutes later Jeremain Lens was sent through on goal by a splendid Negredo header and beat the goalkeeper with a lob, but the linesman wrongfully called the play off for offside.

The first half ended all square with the Black Eagles having the better chances and wrongfully saw a potential goal disallowed for offside.

The second half started off slower than the first but Beşiktaş won themselves a penalty after a handball from Mustapha Yatabaré in the box. Oğuzhan Özyakup stept up but bottled the resulting spotkick as he blasted it over the center of the bar.

From bad to worse for the Black Eagles, after missing a golden opportunity to open the score from the spot they lost Dusko Tosic to a second yellow card as he brought down Gabriel Torje on a Karabükspor counter and hit the showers after 68 minutes.

A man down Beşiktaş looked on the ropes and Karabükspor took control of the game, but it were still the Black Eagles who’d end up taking the lead. Following a splendid through ball from Oğuzhan, Ryan Babel found himself one on one with goalkeeper Rybka and this time there was no defender to save the Ukrainian goalkeeper: 0-1 after 79 minutes.

Now it was just a matter of holding on to their narrow lead, a man down. Karabükspor gave it everything they had but Fabri denied Yevhen Seleznov’s briliant attempt from the edge of the area, while Seleznov would later put an excellent opportunity wide in the dying minutes.

Ricardo Quaresma presented Babel with the deciding goal, the Dutch winger went around Rybke but his shot to put it in the empty net was too soft and the defence managed to clear it. Nevertheless one Babel goal would suffice on the night as Beşiktaş clinched 3 crucial points ahead of their Champions League opener on Wednesday in Portugal against FC Porto.

Stadium: Dr. Necmettin Şeyhoğlu

Official: Ali Palabiyik

Kardemir Karabükspor XI: Oleksandr Rybka; Paul Papp, Dany Nounkeu, Barış Başdaş, Kerim Zengin; Ceyhun Gülselam, Gabriel Torje, Cristian Tanase, Andre Poko, Gheorghe Grozav; Mustapha Yatabare

Reserves: Çağlar Şahin Akbaba, Tayyib Talha Sanuç, Valerica Gaman, Hakan Aslantaş, İshak Doğan, Osman Çelik, Olafur Skulason, İlhan Depe, Andriy Bliznichenko, Yevhen Seleznyov

Head coach: Erkan Sözeri

Beşiktaş XI: Fabricio Ramirez; Necip Uysal – Pepe – Dusko Tosic – Caner Erkin; Tolgay Arslan – Oğuzhan Özyakup – Anderson Talisca (84′ Atiba Hutchinson); Jeremain Lens (60′ Ricardo Quaresma) – Álvaro Negredo (71′ Matej Mitrovic) – Ryan Babel

Reserves: Tolga Zengin, Utku Yuvakuran, Matej Mitrovic, Gary Medel, Fatih Aksoy, Atiba Hutchinson, Ricardo Quaresma, Orkan Çınar, Mustafa Pektemek, Cenk Tosun

Head coach: Şenol Güneş

Goals: Ryan Babel (79′)

Yellow cards: Dusko Tosic (4′, 68′), Gabriel Torje (56′), Mustapha Yatabaré (57′), Dany Nounkeu (58′), Necip Uysal (86′), Caner Erkin (89′)

Red Card: Dusko Tosic (68′)

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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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