Kardemir Karabükspor: 1 Beşiktaş: 2

Updated: December 3, 2014

Beşiktaş and Karabükspor met on Monday in the early afternoon on matchday 11 of the Spor Toto Süper Lig. The Black Eagles needed to capitalize on Fenerbahçe dropping points against Eskisehirspor over the weekend and they did exactly that with a 2-1 away win.

The unavoidable Demba Ba scored both of Beşiktaş’ goals in a two minute window, both of them were assisted by José Sosa.

Despite the Eagles moving away from Karabük early on in the second half, they had struggled in the first half with breaking down their defensive wall. Karabük concentrated on stopping Beşiktaş with a lot of early (high up the field) fouls to prevent them from creating much offense, at halftime the home team had comitted over 25 fouls. On top of that the offside trap had also proven effective for the home side in the first half, catching the Eagles several times.

But as eluded to earlier, Beşiktaş managed to create sepperation early on in the second half with two goals in quick succession from Demba Ba. The first one came about thanks to a lovely through ball from Sosa, Demba came one on one with Waterman and beat him with a subtle lightfooted chipped finish. The second goal came about when Gökhan Töre played the ball to Sosa on the right wing who crossed it in to the far post where Demba Ba was just waiting to head it home in the opposite corner.

After that the Eagles had several excellent opportunities to completely kill off the game: Demba Ba went around Waterman and shot the ball towards the empty goal but Emre Gungor cleared it off the line with a sliding tackle. Several minutes later Kerim Frei broke through on the left and attempted to center it for Demba Ba but the ball was cleared inches before reaching Demba by defender Mabiala.

Razack Traoré saw a goal dissalowed for offside after Yigit Incedemir had layed it back (he was offside) and Traoré struck it home, but the linesman who had already gotten several critical (correct) calls in the first half did a really good job to spot the offside.

The Black Eagles controlled the game up untill the 84th minute where they allowed Karabükspor to sneak back in to the game when the ball didn’t get cleared in the box and substitute Musa Cagiran slotted it home. The final 10 minutes gave a completely different image to this game, Demba Ba and Sosa had both been subbed off by this time and all of a sudden Karabükspor was able to create an insane amount of pressure which they hadn’t been capable to produce prior to this. The Eagles held on however and secured the 3 points despite losing Mustafa Pektemek to a direct red card after he overcomitted to a tackle deep in to added time, a deserved red card to say the least.

All in all it what a typical Beşiktaş game, the Black Eagles dominated the majority of the game, controlled it for a long time and got a two goal lead but at the score of 2-0 lacked the ruthlessness to kill off the gam eand allowed their opponents to get back in to the match late on which caused several minutes of heart-attack defending.



Stadium: Dr. Necmettin Şeyhoğlu

Officials: Mustafa Kamil Abitoğlu, Nihat Mızrak, Serdar Diyadin, Deniz Çoban (4th official)
Beşiktaş: Cenk Gönen, Serdar, Pedro Franco, Ersan Gülüm, İsmail, Veli Kavlak, Atiba Hutchinson, Kerim Frei, José Sosa (77′ Oğuzhan), Gökhan Töre (87′ Necip), Demba Ba (73′ Mustafa)
Reserves: Emre Metin, Ramon Motta, Necip, Olcay, Oğuzhan Özyakup, Cenk Tosun, Mustafa Pektemek
Head coach: Slaven Bilic

Kardemir Karabükspor: Waterman, Mabiala, Tanju, Emre Gungor, Erdem, Yiğit (66′ Musa Cagiran), Hakan Özmert, Traore, Akpala(78′ Kumbela), Viola, Onur (66′ Aykut)
Reserves: Abdulaziz, Onur , Emre , Aykut, Musa, Kumbela, Turgay
Head coach: Tolunay Kafkas

Goller: Demba Ba (53′, 55′), Musa Cagiran (83′)

Yellow cards: Yiğit (22′), Traore (35′), Kerim (39′), Emre (74′), Veli (85′), Serdar (88′)

Red card(s): Mustafa Pektemek (90+4′)

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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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