STSL: Alanyaspor: 1 Beşiktaş: 2

Updated: October 28, 2017

After an uncharacteristically long stretch without a victory for Beşiktaş, the Black Eagles finally got a taste of victory again after a narrow 1-2 away win against Alanyaspor on matchday 10 of the Turkish Süper Lig.

Beşiktaş had taken an early lead via Cenk Tosun after an excellent run and pass by captain Oğuzhan Özyakup, something he is known for but hasn’t been able to do much lately. A positive start for Şenol Güneş and his lads, but the lead didn’t last all too long. Just 18 minutes later Alanyaspor’s defender Welinton pulled things level with a fabulous long range strike from just outside the box.

Again a near unstoppable long range shot to beat Fabri, a shot he could have never gotten to but perhaps the defense should have done better to close down Welinton and prevent him from shooting in the first place.

After the equalizer Beşiktaş lost their composure somewhat and Alanyaspor got their foot in the door. But while the hosts had several dangerous looking attacks on the break, they couldn’t find their way through again in the first half. Neither could the Black Eagles so the score remained level at half time.

The Black Eagles had no other option but to win and they showed more of a sense of urgency in the second half. Substitutions however camre quite late and the expected Negredo-Talisca change didn’t happen until well in to the final quarter of the game. Instead we got a pretty straight forward Tolgay for Oğuzhan change just past the hour mark.

Beşiktaş did grow more dominant and pushed the hosts back, piling on the pressure but without managing to create true clear cut chances, most of the danger came from crosses from the wings and corners. With the end of the match fastly approaching finally Álvaro Negredo was brought on with just 10 more minutes on the regulation clock. The Spaniard wasn’t given a lot of time to get his first ever goal in Beşiktaş colours but when Adriano Correia cut back on the left and put in an inch perfect cross the Spaniard couldn’t miss with his head: 1-2 after 88 minutes.

Negredo saw his first goal for Beşiktaş, against Fenerbahçe, wrongly disallowed for offside but this time there wasn’t a referee willing to take away his deserved first strike as a Black Eagle.

With gaining the lead so close to the end of the match Beşiktaş nearly sealed the deal, against via Negredo, but the Spaniard couldn’t put Quaresma’s excellent cross away and headed the opporutnity wide as we just entered added time.

Alanyaspor tried to mount a last grasp offense but couldn’t truely threaten Fabri’s nets again. Beşiktaş book a much needed victory in the league after 4 games with two draws and two defeats. Their next match will be on Wednesday against AS Monaco.

Stadium: Bahçeşehir Okulları Stadyumu

Referee: Yaşar Kemal Uğurlu

Alanyaspor XI: Haydar Yılmaz; Mamadou Fofana, Welinton, Georgios Tzavellas, Lamine Gassama; Isaac Sackey (80′ C. Ahmet), Taha Yalçıner; Junior Fernandes, Efecan Karaca (72′ Emre Nefiz), Emre Akbaba; Vagner Love

Reserves: Ufuk Ceylan, Berkan Emir, Birol Parlak, Michel Landel, Cenk Ahmet Alkılıç, Emre Nefiz, Yusuf Çoban, Lungu

Head coach: Safet Sušić

Beşiktaş XI: Fabri; Gökhan Gönül, Pepe, Dusko Tošić, Adriano Correia; Atiba Hutchinson, Oğuzhan Özyakup (65′ Tolgay Arslan), Anderson Talisca (80′ Álvaro Negredo); Ricardo Quaresma, Cenk Tosun (90′ Necip Uysal), Ryan Babel

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

Head coach: Şenol Güneş

Goals: Cenk Tosun (8′), Welinton (24′), Álvaro Negredo (88′)

Yellow cards: Gassama (58′), Tzavellas (78′), Pepe (78′),

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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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