STSL: Beşiktaş: 3 Galatasaray: 0

Updated: December 6, 2017

With a preverbial knife to their throats Beşiktaş did what they set out to do and got their first ever derby victory at the Vodafone Park over rivals Galatasaray on Saturday.

Headed in to this match Galatasaray were top of the table with 29 points from 13 games while the reigning champions Beşiktaş were in 4th position with 23 points, a 6 point deficit. Beşiktaş couldn’t afford another slip up after failing to beat Akhisar and Malatyaspor on the past two matchdays, after two scoreless draws.

With a ticket to the knockout stages of the Champions League already in the bag, Beşiktaş could afford to fully concentrate on this important derby. With no other option but to win, the Black Eagles started his match under quite a bit of pressure. But despite being top of the table, Galatasaray were under their own set of pressure as they had yet to win a single derby match under Igor Tudor.

Beşiktaş started well with Ryan Babel sending Cenk Tosun through on goal after just 30 seconds, but Fernando Muslera kept out the Turkish International’s placed shot. The visitors were immediately warned.

The next highlight of the game was less enjoyable as Bafétimbi Gomis smashes his head in to Tolgay Arslan’s face during an aerial duel, Tolgay was left in agony on the floor but no card for the reckless challenge from Gomis was given.

Cenk Tosun’s opener set in motion a glorious victory at Vodafone Park.

Quaresma tried to catch Muslera off guard in the 17th minute with a cheeky free-kick, but the Uruguayan goalkeeper realized just in time that the Portuguese magician was going straight for goal.

Galatasaray stuck their nose at the window twice in short succession at the other end, first Feghouli was sent through on goal but Gökhan Gönül did well to block his attempt with a sliding challenge before Fabri was ever tested. After 25 minutes the visitors got a free-kick in a dangerous area. Belhanda curled it toward the second post where Serdar Aziz met it with his head, but Fabri risked life and limb to gather the ball, taking out Serdar in the process. Galatasaray appealed for a penalty but their shouts were turned down.

Gary Rodrigues cut in from the right and had an effort at goal several minutes later, just past the halfhour mark, but his shot went wide off target. This was undoubtedly Galatasaray’s best spell in the match thusfar.

Beşiktaş had their own penalty shout turned away when Younés Belhanda blocked a cross resulting from a short taken corner with his elbow, but the referee again did not deem this worthy of a penalty.

A few minutes before halftime Cenk Tosun was sent through on goal but was forced wide by the defenders, he layed the ball back for Oğuzhan Özyakup around the penalty spot, the Beşiktaş captain was brought down by Fernando but again the referee waved away the appeal for a penalty.

Despite time drawing short on the first half, Beşiktaş kept piling on the pressure and Fernando MUslera was forced to make two more saves on attempts from Cenk Tosun and Ricardo Quaresma.

0-0 was the scoreline at halftime with Beşiktaş having an excellent start and ending to the first half, sandwiching a strong spell from the visitors in between.

The second half started nearly identical to the first, with Beşiktaş immediately exploiting a lapse in Galatasaray’s defencë; Gökhan Gönül’s cross was fumbled by Fernando Muslera and Cenk Tosun followed up with a cool finish: 1-0 after just 30 seconds in the second half.

Dusko Tosic sealed the victory for the Black Eagles with the liberating second goal, following a plethora of chances for the hosts!

Muslera didn’t let his mistake get to him however as minutes later he denied Beşiktaş a second goal with an excellent save on Oğuzhan’s attempt. The Black Eagles’ onslaught did not waver however as Ricardo Quaresma failed to bag another fantastic opportunity, with Maicon putting his effort at an empty goal out in to corner. Göhan Gönül was the next to line up an attempt at a second goal, but the experienced rightback put his 63rd minute attempt wide after Cenk Tosun had briliantly had set him up on the right. Galatasaray at this point had lost all shred of control over the match and were being completely overwhelmed by a fiercely dominant Beşiktaş.

Following another reckless chalenge from Bafétimbi Gomis, Tolgay Arslan was taken off for Gary Medel who immediately let his presence be felt as he layed the groundwork to the next big opportunity for Beşiktaş with Ricardo Quaresma finding himself in a perfect goalscoring position, sent through on the right he went one on one with Fernando Muslera but squandered the chance as he put his attempt wide. Quaresma could barely believe it himself as he slapped at his own head in frustration.

But Beşiktaş would not relent, another briliantly crafted attack involving Ryan Babel and Cenk Tosun came agonizlingly close to sealing the 3 points for Beşiktaş. But Muslera denied Oğuzhan at the wide post while Quaresma blasted the follow up over the bar!

But the second goal was an inevitability at this point, Galatasaray had been completely unable to put anything up against Beşiktaş’ utter dominance of the second half thusfar and the Black Eagles were finally rewarded in the 70th minute when Dusko Tosic liberated the home crowd with a phenomenal finish: 2-0.

With Beşiktaş getting their much deserved second goal they allowed Galatasaray a bit of breathing space for the first time in second half. Bafétimbi Gomis has his first attempt on goal with a hard shot that forced Fabri to an excellent save.

But that breathing space for Galatasaray lasted mere minutes as Cenk Tosun presented Ricardo Quaresma with yet another opportunity, but the 34-year old winger put  his header wide off target.

Negredo showed his class by rounding Muslera in the first minute of second half stoppage time for the third and final goal of the evening.

And Cenk Tosun again turned provider as he set up substitute Gary Medel with an excellent opportunity to seal the deal with a third goal, but the Chilean International couldn’t find the target from close range.

With Álvaro Negredo replacing man of the match candidate Cenk Tosun in the 88th minute, it didn’t seem all that likely that the Spaniard would find himself on the socresheet. But in the first minute of stoppage time Gary Medel did briliantly to rob Fernando of the ball in midfield and played the ball in to Negredo, who with a slick move passed in between two defenders and rounded Fernando Muslera as he put the ball in to the back of the net for the thoroughly deserved 3-0.

With all the chances Beşiktaş created throughout the match and in particular the second half the 3-0 scoreline doesn’t even begin to tell the full story, the reigning and defending Turkish Champions obliterated their rivals on this night and could have easily won by a far bigger margin. Ultimately, the 3-0 scoreline was flattering for Galatasaray.

With this win Beşiktaş have moved in to a shared 3rd place with 26 points, Galatasaray are now down to second place with 29 points with Istanbul Beşakşehir leading the charge in first place with 30 points.

Stadium: Vodafone Park

Referee: Firat Aydinus

Beşiktaş XI: Fabri; Gökhan Gönül, Pepe, Dusko Tošić, Adriano Correia; Atiba Hutchinson (82′ Anderson Talisca), Oğuzhan Özyakup, Tolgay Arslan (65′ Gary Medel); Ricardo Quaresma, Cenk Tosun (88′ Álvaro Negredo, Ryan Babel

Reserves: Tolga Zengin, Utku Yuvakuran, Matej Mitrovic, Necip Uysal, Jeremain Lens, Gary Medel, Orkan Çınar, Mustafa Pektemek, Álvaro Negredo

Head coach: Şenol Güneş

Galatasaray XI: Fernando Muslera; Mariano, Maicon, Serdar Aziz, Jason Denayer (85′ Martin Linees); Badou Ndiaye, Fernando, Younés Belhanda (69′ Selçuk İnan); Sofiane Feghouli, Bafétimbi Gomis, Garry Rodrigues (58′ Yasin Öztekin)

Reserves: Cedric Carrasso, Eray İşcan, Ahmet Çalık, Martin Linnes, Koray Günter, Yasin Öztekin, Selçuk İnan, Emrah Başsan, Eren Derdiyok, Sinan Gümüş

Head coach: Igor Tudor

Goals: Cenk Tosun (46′), Dusko Tošić (70′), Álvaro Negredo (90+1′)

Yellow cards: Pepe (25′), Sofiane Feghouli (35′), Fernando (48′), Tolgay Arslan (53′), Cenk Tosun (61′), Bafétimbi Gomis (65′),

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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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