STSL: Beşiktaş: 2 Galatasaray: 1

Updated: December 14, 2015

The Black Eagles rebounded well from their Europa League elimination on Thursday tonight by defeating rivals Galatasaray at the Atatürk Olimpiyat stadium thanks to goals from Mario Gómez and Gökhan Töre, while Wesley Sneijder scored for the visitors.

Tolga Zengin, after his two big blunders against Sporting on Thursday, was not included in the matchday squad. Supposedly due to an injury. This saw Günay Güvenç start between the sticks for the first time since last season.

Galatasaray were the first to threaten their opposition’s goalkeeper after Lukas Podolski pulled the ball back to Burak Yilmaz in the second minute of the game, but the Turkish international’s shot was too weak to trouble Günay.

Mario Gómez scores his 11th Süper Lig goal of the season and his third in two derby matches.

Mario Gómez scores his 11th Süper Lig goal of the season and his third in two derby matches.

After this first warning from the visitors the Black Eagles took full control of the game and created a plethora of great chances to score the opening goal in the first 45 minutes, but Fernando Muslera twarted the attempts from José Sosa, Mario Gómez, Ismail Köybaşi and Ricardo Quaresma. Beşiktaş had a total of 13 attempts in the first half, 5 of which were on target while Galatasaray just had the one attempt, which came in the opening two minutes of the game.

Not only did Beşiktaş dominate in terms of chances but they also dominated the possession of the ball, however this did not lead to an opening goal in the first half.

There were no changes at halftime for either side but Galatasaray had been forced in the first half to make a substitution due to an injury to striker Burak Yilmaz in the 37th minute, Umut Bulut replaced him.

Galatasaray looked a bit sharper coming out of the dressing room and pushed forward a bit in the opening minutes of the second half, but Beşiktaş restored the balance relatively quickly.

Still it were the visitors who scored the opening goal, after a blunder from Günay Güvenç who rushed out of his goal but missed the ball, Sneijder put it in to the empty net from a good 35 meters out. A shocking goal as the visitors really hadn’t managed to create a single decent opportunity all game while the Black Eagles had had several, so it was well in against the run of play.

Captain Ersan Gülüm comforting Günay Güvenç after his blunder, leading to Sneijder's shocking opener.

Captain Ersan Gülüm comforting Günay Güvenç after his blunder, leading to Sneijder’s shocking opener.

Their celebration was short-lived however as the German tank Mario Gómez pulled the score level again just two minutes later, with a long hard drive in to the lower left corner of the goal; finally beating Fernando Muslera, who had played a phenomenal game up until this moment.

Kerim Frei had come in to replace Olcay four minutes after the equalizer and the young winger nearly put the Black Eagles a goal up a few minutes later after a fantastic curved shot from the edge of the box, but Muslera once again had a brilliant save to keep the Black Eagles from scoring.

But Muslera, who was in a real shooting range today, could not prevent the ultimate outcome of this derby match when substitute Gökhan Töre beat him, once again in the lower left corner, with a phenomenal volley with the outside of his foot: 2-1 after 74 minutes, only 2 minutes after coming on to replace Ricardo Quaresma.

Gökhan Töre celebrating his stunning goal, which would prove to be the deciding goal of the evening.

Gökhan Töre celebrating his stunning goal, which would prove to be the deciding goal of the evening.

Beşiktaş controlled the game after their second goal, but Galatasaray still had one opportunity to pull things level, but Günay Güvenç put a stop to Umut Bulut’s average attempt. In the end, Cimbom was not really able to mount a last minute offensive and the Black Eagles got their thoroughly deserved 3 points and second derby victory of the season.

The Black Eagles had not won a single derby game before this season since the 2012-2013 campaign, which was a 3-2 win against Fenerbahçe at the now demolished BJK Inönü stadium and it had been more than four years since they had last beat rivals Galatasaray.

Beşiktaş remain at the top of the table after 15 matches, one point ahead of rivals Fenerbahçe who are in second place and 9 points ahead of Akhisar Belediyespor and Galatasaray who are on a shared 3rd place and face eachother next weekend, while the Black Eagles travel to Ankara to face Osmanlispor. Fenerbahçe also head to Ankara, they face Gençlerbirligi. After that Beşiktaş will close the first half of the season at the Başakşehir stadium against Torku Konyaspor.

Beşiktaş have won both of their derbies this season, but both were home games. The season is clearly far from over and key moves on the transfer market come January may prove the deciding factor in this season’s title race.


Stadium: Atatürk Olimpiyat

Officials: Mete Kalkavan, Ekrem Kan, Esat Sancaktar, Tolga Özkalfa(4. official)

Beşiktaş: Günay, Beck, Rhodolfo, Ersan, İsmail, Atiba, Oğuzhan, Quaresma (72′ Gökhan), Sosa (87′ Necip), Olcay (60′ Kerim), Gomez

Reserves: Hüseyin, Serdar, Tosic, Kerim, Necip, Gökhan, Cenk

Head coach: Şenol Güneş

Galatasaray: Muslera, Sabri, Semih, Hakan, Olcan, Chedjou, Selçuk, Yasin (73′ Tarık), Sneijder, Podolski, Burak (37′ Umut)

Reserves: Cenk, Koray, Rodriguez, Emre, Tarık, Bilal, Umut

Head coach: Mustafa Denizli

Goals: Sneijder (54′), Gomez (56′), Gökhan (74′)

Yellow cards: Gomez (45′), Yasin (52′), Oğuzhan (58′), Olcan (61′), Selçuk (67′), Chedjou (90′), Semih (90+3′)

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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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