STSL: Başakşehir: 2 Beşiktaş: 2

Updated: February 14, 2016

Beşiktaş lost two important points today but may not look back at it with regret as they managed to savour a point after going down 2-0 early in the second half.

The Black Eagles didn’t start off too well, the home side was pressing high and brought out make-shift defensive line in trouble with their constant pressing. Necip, Alexis and Ismail were forced to play a lot of long balls which went straight to the opposition, however the high pressure of Başakşehir also allowed for Beşiktaş to catch them on the break twice within the opening 20 minutes, Gökhan Töre sent Ismail down the left wing who lured Volkan Babacan out of his goal before laying it off for Mario Gómez, but Gómez was forced to lift his shot in order to get it over the incoming defender’s block leading to him missing the target, a great chance with the keeper out of his goal but not an easy one.

Today we found out that even Mario Gómez is only human, he had several good opportunities today but did not manage to convert.

Today we found out that even Mario Gómez is only human, he had several good opportunities today but did not manage to convert.

A few minutes later José Sosa made a great run on the right wing and crossed it in low towards the second post for the oncoming Mario Gómez, but the Süper Lig topscorer couldn’t get a touch to the low hard cross from Sosa. Another great opportunity, but either the pass needed to be a tad softer or Gómez should have been a fraction of a second quicker to slide in the opening goal.

While Super Mario missed on one end, Başakşehir’s high pressure at the other end paid off as Edin Visca set up the one two and slipped through the heart of the defence, beating Tolga by shooting the ball through his legs: 1-0 to the hosts after 25 minutes of play.

Despite it being their first chance of the match, it wasn’t undeserved as they executed their gameplan brilliantly and they got exactly what they were looking for.

After they took the lead the pressure eased up a bit and Beşiktaş took more control of the match, creating several more chances and putting Başakşehir under a lot of pressure during the closing 20 minutes of the first half.

Besides chances there were also several controversial referee decisions int he first half, while Alexis Delgado was booked after what ended up being his first (and last) foul of the match after only six minutes, multiple opposition players made multiple professional fouls without consequence. In particular Mahmut Tekdemir made atleast 3 professional fouls but didn’t even get as much as a warning, what is even worse, towards the end of the first half he even planted his studs on Oguzhan’s ankle, something which should have resulted in a direct red card, but referee Ali Palabiyik conveniently missed this position.

Striker Mehmet Batdal had used his arms a little bit too freely in several aerial duels early on in the first half and after he got booked for such an offense in the 43rd minute, he repeated the same antic only two minutes later. The Beşiktaş players swarmed the referee, demanding a second yellow for Batdal, but Palabiyik waved away the protest. Abdullah Avci did during halftime what referee Palabiyik did not, take Mehmet Batdal out of the game as he feared a second yellow for his targetman.

While the Black Eagles ended the first half in control, they did not retain the control over the match coming out of the dressing room. As Olcay played a poor first half, it was expected for Ricardo Quaresma to come in during halftime, but this substituion wouldn’t happen until the hour mark.

Başakşehir brought on Sokol Chikalleshi for Mehmet Batdal and they put the pressure on the Black Eagles early on, earning them a freekick mere seconds after the second half was kicked off. For the following 10 minutes Beşiktaş did not give the impression as if they had any hurry to force an equalizer and their lack of urgency ended up blowing up in their face as the hosts struck a second time when Mahmut Tekdemir headed in an Emre Belözoglu freekick, completely unmarked, after 54 minutes. Ironically the man who should have been sent off for planting his studs in Oguzhan’s ankle during the first half.

Quaresma ignited a flame in the team after coming on in the 61st minute. A signal to the coach that he should probably be starting in the coming matches, especially after Olcay's poor form in recent games.

Quaresma ignited a flame in the team after coming on in the 61st minute. A signal to the coach that he should probably be starting in the coming matches, especially after Olcay’s poor form in recent games.

Finally this forced a change for the Eagles as Ricardo Quaresma replaced an inspirationless Olcay on the hour mark while Cenk Tosun replaced Gökhan Töre in the 69th minute.

With Quaresma and Cenk both on the pitch the Black Eagles finally created some pressure and while Quaresma’s goal was adjudged offside (correctly) after Oguzhan’s shot came back off the post, his cross a few minutes later was perfect for that other sub Cenk Tosun to pull one back with 12 minutes of regular playing time on the clock.

Quaresma would continue to put the hosts under pressure, a foul on him in the 82nd minute after one of his many good runs and dribbles on the right resulted in the freekick which in turn would result in Atiba Hutchinson’s equalizer, his first of the season. Assist curtosy of José Ernesto Sosa from the freekick.

Whereas Beşiktaş looked dead in the water only five minutes earlier they were now in full c ontrol and pushed on for a late winner, but unfortunately that late winner did not come despite several heated moments in front of Volkan Babacan’s goal.

Ultimately a point is something both teams will be satisfied with most likely, Beşiktaş came back from the dead while Başakşehir can’t complain either being spared a red card and having finished their chances at almost 100% efficiency (bar one really good chance for Marcio Mossoro when it was still 2-0).

With two games in hand, Beşiktaş are now 4 points behind leaders Fenerbahçe. Beşiktaş play their first of their two postponed games this coming Wednesday against Mersin Idmanyurdu in Istanbul at 19:30 (GMT+2) and int he weekend they’ll host Ibrahim Üzülmez’ Gençlerbirligi who are on a four game winning streak. Rivals Fenerbahçe travel to Bursa but this match with be played without spectators.


Stadium: Başakşehir Fatih Terim

Officials: Ali Palabıyık, Fevzi Demirhan, Serkan Çimen, Mehmet Cem Satman (4. official)

Beşiktaş: Tolga, Beck, Delgado, Necip, İsmail, Atiba, Oğuzhan, Gökhan (69′ Cenk), Sosa, Olcay (61′ Quaresma), Gomez

Reserves: Boyko, Serdar, Tosic, Veli, Kerim, Quaresma, Cenk

Head coach: Şenol Güneş

Medipol Başakşehir: Volkan, Bekir, Alparslan, Epureanu, Yalçın, Mahmut, Doka, Visca, Mossoro (84′ Stefano), Emre (75′ Rotman), Mehmet (46′ Sokol)

Reserves: Faruk, Ferhat, Rotman, Cenk, Sokol, Semih, Stefano

Head coach: Abdullah Avcı

Goals: Visca (25′), Mahmut (54′), Cenk (78′), Atiba (83′)

Yellow cards: Delgado (6′), Mehmet (43′), Bekir (52′), Epureanu (56′), Doka (62′), Emre (66′)

Follow me

Kaan Bayazit

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.
Kaan Bayazit
Follow me