STSL: Beşiktaş: 2 K. Karabükspor: 1

Updated: April 27, 2015

On the road to the 2014-2015 season conclusion the Black Eagles booked a crucial victory in Ankara against Kardemir Karabükspor, which with six games to go puts them on top of the Spor Toto Süper Lig table.

But it proved to be far from an easy victory for the Black Eagles as they needed a late winner in added time from Cenk Tosun to keep the three points in their camp.

1. Half

The first half started off with a well organized Karabükspor doing well to contain the Black Eagles, however after about ten minutes on the clock Gökhan Töre broke through on the right win but was fouled by last man Erdem Özgenç, referee Bülent Yildirim waved play on however and did not sanction the player.

A few minutes later Mustafa Pektemek broke through, again on the right wing, and nearly reached Demba Ba with his low cross but the Senegalese hitman couldn’t meet Pektemek’s cross with his outstretched foot.

Midway through the first half Gökhan Töre set up a good attack on the right wing which resulted in Serdar Kurtulus swinging the ball in to the box, Demba Ba did well to create space and Atiba Hutchinson found himself unmarked and headed the opening goal in to the back of the net: 1-0.

With a few minutes to go before halftime, Demba Ba slipped through the offside trap, Karabükspor’s goalkeeper Boy Waterman rushed out of goal but handled the ball outside the box resulting in a direct red card to the Dutch goalie.

The resulting free-kick from José Sosa hit the outside of the post but went out.


2. Half

The second half didn’t immediately deliver a lot of danger in front of either goal, but with 54 minutes on the clock Ersan Gülüm had to be substituted off with an injury and was replaced by Necip Uysal.

A minute after Ersan’s substitution José Sosa managed to lead Demba Ba through the offside trap, the Beşiktaş top scorer controlled the ball and turned but was met by goalkeeper Aziz to prevent the crucial 2-0.

Only four minutes after coming on, Necip Uysal was already off again as he pushed Ahmet Ilhan down as the last man which resulted in a red card. The 11 vs 10 man situation did not last long for the Black Eagles. Slaven Bilic, forced by the foreigner limit, sacrificed Demba Ba for Pedro Franco.

Despite going down to 10 men themselves the Black Eagles managed to test goalkeeper Aziz twice more as Tolgay Arslan rifled a shot towards the top of the net and a few minutes later Aziz denied Tomas Sivok on a set-piece.

Despite Karabükspor not being able to truely test Günay Güvenç, who besides rushing out of goal a few times to prevent a quick counter really had nothing to do, they did end up on the scoresheet as an 78th minute corner found Musa Cagiran completely unmarked near the first post and the defensive midfielder stunned the crowd in Ankara as he drew the scoresheet level with only 12 minutes to go.

Karabükspor, who only have 21 points from 27 games prior to this match needed a victory maybe even more than Beşiktaş to avoid relegation. However, instead of trying to find a winning goal they continued to build up a wall in front of their goal, which proved very effective as the Black Eagles simply couldn’t find a way through after the equalizing goal.

With five minutes on the clock Slaven Bilic took off Tolgay Arslan in favor of Cenk Tosun in an attempt to grasp a late winning goal.

Referee Bülent Yildirim was forced to add seven minutes of added time to the match after both Günay Güvenç had received extended treatment to his knee prior to Karabükspor’s equalizer and so did the visitor’s goalkeeper after the equalizer.

With the minutes ticking away, deep in to added time, José Sosa managed to find Cenk Tosun in the box. The 23-year old German born striker met the cross with his head and sent the ball towards the far side of the goal beating goalkeeper Aziz and exploding the Osmanli stadium ad the Black Eagles took the lead at a crucial stage in the game.

With two more minutes left on the clock, Karabükspor tried to pump the ball forward but did not find a chance again with their last attack (correctly) adjudged offside.


Stadium: Ankara Osmanlı

Officials: Bülent Yıldırım, Kemal Yılmaz, Baki Tuncay Akkın, Erdem İren (4th official)
Beşiktaş: Günay Güvenç; Serdar Kurtulus, Ersan Gülüm (55′ Necip Uysal), Tomas Sivok, Ramon Motta; Atiba Hutchinson, Gökhan Töre, José Ernesto Sosa, Tolgay Arslan (84′ Cenk Tosun); Mustafa Pektemek, Demba Ba (65′ Pedro Franco)
Reserves: Cenk Gönen, Pedro Franco, Necip Uysal, Kerim Frei, Olcay Sahan, Oğuzhan Özyakup, Cenk Tosun

Head coach: Slaven Bilic

K. Karabükspor: Waterman; Tanju Kayhan, Murat Akca, Erdem Özgenç; Musa Cagiran, Ahmet İlhan, Furkan Özçal, Yiğit Incedemir, Hakan Özmert (903′ Aykut Akgün), Fatih Candan (76′ Erkan Kas), Viola (45′ Abdulaziz Birnican)
Reserves: Abdulaziz Birnican, Onur, Emre Güngör, Kuca, Erkan Kas, Aykut Akgün, Kumbela
Head coach: Yılmaz Vural

Goals: Atiba Hutchinson (25′), Musa Cagiran (79′), Cenk Tosun (90+6′)

Yellow card(s): Fatih Candan (20′), Furkan Özçal (40′), Erdem Özgenç (61′), Serdar Kurtulus (68′), Murat Akca (71′)

Red card(s): Waterman (42′), Necip Uysal (58′)

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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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