STSL: Fenerbahçe: 2 Beşiktaş: 1

Updated: September 23, 2017

Beşiktaş have run in to their first defeat of the league season at the hands of rivals Fenerbahçe at the Şükrü Şaraçoğlu stadium after a controversial match, impacted heavily by referee decisions.

The match started off in a balanced fashion with both Beşiktaş and Fenerbahçe trading spells of possession. But it didn’t take too long for the first bit of controversy to stir up the game, after 20 minutes referee Ali Palabiyik pointed to the spot when Gary Medel brought down Vincent Janssen in the box. A soft call perhaps, since it’s the sort of situation you see on nearly every corner kick, but the ball ended up on the spot regardless. Giuliano took the golden opportunity to put his side in front.

The rest of the first half saw Beşiktaş looking for an equalizer and Fenerbahçe praying on the counter but most of the attention didn’t go toward the football but to Ricardo Quaresma who managed to get himself sent off in a timespan of two minutes after picking up a yellow in the 41st and 43rd minute.

Cenk Tosun found himself through on goal just a minute later but was brought down by Luis Neto, a direct red card this time and the teams were back down to equal numbers: 10 vs 10.

Fenerbahçe brought on Mehmet Topal for Mehmet Ekici at halftime and their intention seemed clear: defend their slender lead and hope to score on the break.

Beşiktaş piled on the pressure and retained most of the possession, but it was difficult to craft clear-cut goal chances. However after 60 minutes Álvaro Negredo, two minutes after ahving come on, was sent through on goal and finished mercilessly: 1-1… or so we thought, the linesman decided otherwise and cancelled the goal out, the replay would show that it was in fact a wrong decision and Beşiktaş were robbed of a legitimate goal.

Beşiktaş continued to press and Fenerbahçe continued to counter, Ozan Tufan nearly put the 2-0 on the scoreboard after stumbling in to the ball, but the ball ended up against the post and in to Fabri’s hands.

The decision of the match was made once again by a referee decision, when Ali Palabiyik awarded Fenerbahçe a second penalty in the 86th minute, a correct call it looked like and Vincent Janssen converted the spotkick: 2-0. On top of that Atiba Hutchinson saw a second yellow card and was sent off.


Their celebrations didn’t last long though, as the stadium announcer was still screaming from the top of his lungs Álvaro Negredo had already presented Ryan Babel with the 2-1 seconds after the 2-0.

When İsmail Köybaşı saw a direct red card just after the Black Eagles had pulled one back and made it 9 vs 9 again, Beşiktaş were in for a final 5-6 minutes of relentlesss pressure in an attempt to salvage something from the game. But time was insufficient and Beşiktaş couldn’t find a second goal, seeing them left empty handed after a match which will be largely remembered for Ali Palabiyik’s officiating. After already having dealt Beşiktaş their first ever defeat at Vodafone Arena with heavy help from Palabiyik last season in the Turkish cup, he aids them once again to a victory, this time in the Turkish league.

While both penalties were certainly not scandalous decisions, the disallowed Negredo goal decided the match in Fenerbahçe’s favour. After an hour, with Beşiktaş having the upper hand, that equalizer could have certainly meant the turn around in this match. Cenk Tosun should also have had a penalty after he had his achilles stept on in the box, another crucial call which did not go Beşiktaş’ way. The fact that Fenerbahçe saw two red cards doesn’t take away that at the deciding moments, the referee ruled in their favour. It’s hard a pill to swallow when you lose a match like th is in which you scored a 100% legitimate goal. We can only hope that Palabiyik never officiates a Beşiktaş match again, after this being the second time he has screwed the Black Eagles in under a year’s time.

Stadium: Şükrü Şaraçoğlu

Official: Ali Palabiyik

Fenerbahçe XI: Carlos Kameni; Mauricio Isla, Luis Neto, Roman Neustadter, Hasan Ali Kaldirim (75′ İsmail Köybaşı); Ozan Tufan, Mehmet Ekici (46′ Mehmet Topal), Mathieu Valbuena (69′ Alper Potuk), Josef de Souza; Giuliano, Vincent Janssen

Reserves: Volkan Demirel, Erten Ersu, İsmail Köybaşı, Şener Özbayraklı, Mehmet Topal, Alper Potuk, Oğuz Güçtekin, Aatif Chahechouhe, Fernandao, Roberto Soldado

Head coach: Aykut Kocaman

Beşiktaş XI: Fabricio Ramirez; Caner Erkin, Dusko Tosic, Pepe, Gary Medel (81′ Tolgay Arslan); Atiba Hutchinson, Oğuzhan Özyakup, Anderson Talisca (58′ Álvaro Negredo); Ricardo Quaresma, Cenk Tosun (77′ Jeremain Lens), Ryan Babel

Reserves: Tolga Zengin, Utku Yuvakuran, Matej Mitrovic, Necip Uysal, Fatih Aksoy, Tolgay Arslan, Jeremain Lens, Orkan Çınar, Mustafa Pektemek, Álvaro Negredo

Head coach: Şenol Güneş


Goals: Giuliano (20′ pen.), Vincent Janssen (86′ pen), Ryan Babel (87′)

Yellow cards: Oğuzhan Özyakup (23′, 90′), Vincent Janssen (23′), Mehmet Ekici(30′), Ricardo Quaresma (41′, 43′), Alper Potuk (77′), Dusko Tosic (78′), Álvaro Negredo (90′), Ryan Babel (90′)

Red cards: Ricardo Quaresma (43′), Luis Neto (45′), Atiba Hutchinson (85′), İsmail Köybaşı (88′), Oğuzhan Özyakup (90′ – after the match)

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Kaan Bayazit

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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