STSL: Beşiktaş: 1 Mersin: 0

Updated: February 17, 2016

The Black Eagles clinch 3 vital points in the first of their two postponed matches from mid January. For a while there it looked like this match would have to be postponed yet again, due to heavy mist within the stadium, making it’s incredibly difficult to see.

Fortunately the match did manage to take place, although 35 minutes later than initially scheduled. Referee Barış Şimşek delayed kick-off several times in agreement with goalkeepers Muammer and Tolga, who also had to judge whether they had enough visibility from their goalline.

Around 20:05 (GMT+2) the match was able to start, from minute 5 onwards beginning with a throw in for the visitors.

Beşiktaş dominated possession in the first half, as they tend to do in most games. But only had a handful of chances, Muammer was forced to save one of Mario Gómez’s shots and there were a few more promising attacks that ultimately didn’t lead to any real danger. At the other end Nakoulma was the lone striker but he was helping out his defence more than actually being able to set up attacks. Overall Mersin did not manage to trouble the pair of Necip and Tosic in the first half.

The second half started with an immediate substitution, Gökhan Töre was taken off for an extra striker; Cenk Tosun. Sosa moved to the right wing and Beşiktaş switched to a 4-4-2 formation. Mersin also made a change as Ricardo Pedriel replaced Eren, moving Pedriel in at center forward allowing Nakoulma to move to the wings. With both teams making changes, Mersin managed to get more of a foothold in midfield due to Beşiktaş switching to a two man center midfield instead of three. This resulted in two yellow cards in quick succession for both Necip and Tosic after fouls comitted ont he pacey Prejuce Nakoulma.

After fifteen minutes of play in the first half and no chances for the Black Eagles, Şenol Güneş was forced to rectify his earlier change by putting on Olcay for Mario Gómez, switching back to a 4-3-2-1 formation to regain control in midfield.

José Sosa has won the Black Eagles 4 points with 2 direct freekicks this season (Kayserispor & Mersin).

José Sosa has won the Black Eagles 4 points with 2 direct freekicks this season (Kayserispor & Mersin).

Beşiktaş re-established control but chances were still difficult to come by as Mersin continued to park the bus and pray on the counter attack. To illustrate how defensively Mersin were playing, the freekick that ultimately led to the winning goal in the 74th minute was given away back striker Pedriel who was defending in front of his own box. José Sosa thanked him kindly and curled the freekick, from a good 20 meters out, in to the goal. Sosa’s 4th league goal in 17 matches and his 6th in total this season. Sosa now has 6 goals and 8 assists to his name in all competitions (26 matches played).

After the breakthrough goal, Mersin were forced to incorporate more risk in their game and put on an extra forward with former Black Eagle Sinan Kaloglu. This resulted in the visitors opening up in the back and allowed Beşiktaş to create more chances. Only 2 minutes after the opening goal, Ricardo Quaresma provided Olcay with the perfect opportunity to secure the 3 points after an inch perfect cross from the right wing. But Olcay’s shot hit the post instead of the back of the net.

Mersin’s goalkeeper Muammer prevented Oguzhan from squeezing in the second goal a few minutes later and kept his side in the match, but Mersin’s boys up front couldn’t get the job done and ultimately the Black Eagles didn’t need their second goal to finish the match comfortably as they managed to keep control of the game for the most part and secure their precious 3 points.

With one game in hand, Beşiktaş are now 1 point removed from leaders Fenerbahçe who travel to Bursa this coming weekend while the Black Eagles take on Ibrahim Üzülmez’s Gençlerbirligi at the Atatürk Olimpiyat on Monday, after that Fenerbahçe and Beşiktaş will go head to head at the Şükrü Saraçoglu stadium.


Stadium: Başakşehir Fatih Terim

Officials: Barış Şimşek, Uygar Bebek, Mehmet Metin, Hakan Ceylan (4. official)

Beşiktaş: Tolga, Beck, Necip, Tosic, İsmail, Atiba, Oğuzhan, Gökhan (46′ Cenk), Sosa (90+2′ Veli), Quaresma, Gomez (65′ Olcay)

Reserves: Günay, Serdar, Veli, Tolgay, Kerim, Olcay, Cenk

Head coach: Şenol Güneş

Mersin İdmanyurdu: Muammer Zülfikar, Mitrovic (87′ Enes), Serkan, Vederson, Mehmet, Eren (46′ Pedriel), Serol, Murat (79′ Sinan), Güven, Tita, Nakoulma

Reserves: Nihat, Nurullah, Enes, Ahmet, Gökhan, Pedriel, Sinan

Head coach: Ümit Özat

Goal: Sosa (73′)

Yellow cards: Tosic (58′), Necip (59′), Mitrovic (69′), Pedriel (72′)

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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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