STSL: Beşiktaş: 2 Trabzonspor: 2

Updated: October 1, 2017

Beşiktaş close an intensive week of football with a disappointing 2-2 draw at the Vodafone Park against Trabzonspor.

The Black Eagles took the lead on two different occasions but twice failed to hold on to their lead as Trabzonspor edge out a point in the final 10 minutes of the game.

Beşiktaş took an early lead via Anderson Talisca but his 13th minute strike was cancelled out by ex-Beşiktaş winger Olcay Şahan just 8 minutes later. Olcay refused to celebrate his goal out of respect for the fans and the club he played for for nearly 5 years.

The Black Eagles were visibly fatigued after an intensive week with matches against Fenerbahçe in the league and RB Leipzig in the Champions League, adding to that that they also had to do without captain Özyakup and midfield anchorman Atiba Hutchinson aswell as winger Ricardo Quaresma, all due to suspensions.

Nevertheless Beşiktaş took a 2-1 lead just before the hour mark as Jeremain Lens scored his first for the club. But again his goal was cancelled out with just 10 minutes left on the clock by Colombian striker Hugo Rodallega, as Trabzonspor put on an extra forward in the second half. Beşiktaş could have finished the game 30 seconds before the equalizer however as Jeremain Lens found himself through on the Trabzonspor goalkeeper, but instead of passing the ball to a wide open Cenk Tosun he opted to attempt to lob the goalkeeper, but he missed his shot and the chance was wasted. Directly at the other end Trabzonspor had levelled things up. With 10 minutes and additional time left in the game Beşiktaş tried to force a winner, but apart from two penalty appeals they didn’t get all that close. While Trabzonspor had a few dangerous pokes on the break.

Jeremain Lens could’ve been the hero on the night, but his missed opportunity just before Trabzonspor’s equalizer almost certainly cost the Eagles two points.

Trabzonspor could’ve easily been down to 10-men before that equalizer however, as Okay Yokuşlu, who was already on a yellow card, pulled down Cenk Tosun after the striker has gone around him on the left hand side of the pitch in the 74th minute, just 6 minutes before Trabzonspor levelled up the score. But tonight’s loss of points is down to the accumulated fatigue of the past week and the failure to take a golden opportunity on the break, had Lens passed it toward Cenk Tosun it would’ve been another win for the Eagles. Unfortunately the Dutchman was perhaps a bit too eager to score his second, and send a message to coach Şenol Güneş, that he deserves more playing time. This could have the opposite effect however, despite that he played a solid game.

Stadium: Vodafone Park

Official: Firat Aydinus

Beşiktaş XI: Fabricio Ramirez; Necip Uysal (89′ Mustafa Pektemek), Pepe, Dusko Tosic, Caner Erkin; Gary Medel (46′ Gökhan Gönül), Tolgay Arslan, Anderson Talisca; Jeremain Lens, Álvaro Negredo (58′ Cenk Tosun), Ryan Babel

Reserves: Tolga Zengin, Utku Yuvakuran, Matej Mitrovic, Fatih Aksoy, Gökhan Gönül, Orkan Çınar, Mustafa Pektemek, Cenk Tosun

Head coach: Şenol Güneş

Trabzonspor XI: Onur Kıvrak; Tomas Hubocan, Jan Durica, Okay Yokuşlu, João Pereira; Ogenyi Onazi (69′ Yusuf Yazıcı), Juraj Kucka, José Sosa; Olcay Şahan (64′ Fabian Castillo) – Burak Yilmaz – Abdülkadir Ömür (77′ Hugo Rodallega)


Reserves: Uğurcan Çakır, Emannuel Más, Uğur Demirok, Mustafa Akbaş, Theo Bongonda, Volkan Şen, Fabian Castillo, Matus Bero, Yusuf Yazıcı, Hugo Rodallega

Head coach: Ersun Yanal

Goals: Anderson Talisca (13′), Olcay Şahan (21′), Jeremain Lens (58′), Hugo Rodallega (80′)

Yellow cards: Gary Medel (26′), Burak Yilmaz (29′), Tomas Hubocan (36′), Okay Yokuşlu (39′), Caner Erkin (44′), Ogenyi Onazi (55′), Tolgay Arslan (71′), Ryan Babel (90+1′)

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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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