ZTK: Beşiktaş: 3 Karabükspor: 0

Updated: December 17, 2015

The Black Eagles start their 2015-2016 Ziraat Türkiye Küpasi campaign with a convincing win over Kardemir Karabükspor at the Atatürk Olimpiyat stadium, 3-0 thanks to goals from Cenk Tosun (2) and Keirm Frei.

Karabükspor are currently in second position in the PTT 1. division, which is the Turkish second division, after a defeat on the weekend at the hands of Elazigspor. They relegated from the Süper Lig last season and have the most expensive squad of the Turkish second division.

Both Beşiktaş and Karabükspor rested several of their starters. For the Black Eagles Veli Kavlak made his long awaited return to the Turkish football fields after a lengthy 9 month absence due to a shoulder injury. The Austrian international celebrated his return in style by assisting the Black Eagles’ first goal of the night in the added time of the first half, setting up Cenk Tosun for his first goal of the match.


Veli Kavlak played his last game for Beşiktaş on the 22nd of March against Fenerbahçe, he was out for nearly a full 9 months.

It was a relatively closed game in the first half and Karabükspor did well to keep the Eagles at bay, Kerim Frei had a good chance midway through the first half but his shot was deflected and went out in to corner while Mustafa Pektemek missed an open goal after Karabükspor’s goalkeeper Ercüment could not parry a hard shot from Cenk Tosun in to safety, but Pektemek hit the rebound in to the side netting. Only a few minutes later though Veli Kavlak found Cenk in the box, who finished the attack with a classy strike to put the Black Eagles 1-0 up just before the halftime whistle.

Pedro Franco made just his first official appearance of the season.

Pedro Franco made just his first official appearance of the season.

At the beginning of the second half Karabükspor had a dangerous attack cleared off the line and responded well to the danger by killing off the game right on the hour mark when Gökhan Töre decided to take a stroll through the heart of Karabükspor’s defence, his shot was well of target but Mustafa Pektemek picked it up in the box and squared it to Kerim Frei who finished with a cheeky backheel, Demba Ba style!

A good seven minutes later Dusko Tosic found Cenk Tosun with an excellent lofted pass, Cenk beat Ercüment for the second time of the evening and made it 3-0.

After the third goal Beşiktaş used their 3 substitutions in quick succession, first taking off Gökhan Töre for Ramon Motta and then Veli Kavlak for the young Eslem Öztürk. In the 77th minute they were forced to make their third change of the match after Cenk Tosun bumped his head in to the head of one of Karabükspor’s defenders, he was replaced by youngster Muhammed Enes.

In the other match in our group, 1461 Trabzon beat Sivas Belediye spor with a stunning 7-1 scoreline. Which naturally makes 1461 Trabzon the first leaders in Group C after matchday 1. Next week the Black Eagles travel to Sivas to face Sivas Belediye Spor on the 23rd of December.


Stadium: Atatürk Olimpiyat

Officials: Volkan Bayarslan, Yusuf Bozdoğan, Habip Tiryaki, Oğuzhan Uğurlu (4. official)

Beşiktaş: Günay, Serdar, Milosevic, Pedro, Tosic, Gökhan (67′ Motta), Necip, Veli (71′ Eslem), Kerim, Cenk (77′ Muhammed Enes), Mustafa

Reserves: Hüseyin, Beck, Eslem, Olcay, Motta, İsmail, Muhammed

Head coach: Şenol Güneş

Kardemir Karabükspor: Ercüment, İsmail, Bekir, İlhan (46′ Mert), Alexe, Köksal, Recep (63′ Murat), İzzet, Neagu, Cemil, Kokalovic (46′ Alpay)

Reserves: Ramazan, Zenke, Alpa, Murat, Oğuz, Emre, Mert

Head coach: Elvir Balic

Goals: Cenk (45+1′, 67′), Kerim (59′)

Yellow card: Cemil (55′)

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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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