ZTK Q. Finals: Konyaspor: 1 Beşiktaş: 0 (agg: 3-1)

Updated: March 3, 2016

The Black Eagles have failed to secure a ticket for the semi finals of the Turkish cup after a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Torku Konyaspor, 3-1 on aggregate.

It was a tough task for Beşiktaş as they needed to score atleast two goals in order to qualify. Konyaspor who are currently in an impressive third place in the Süper Lig have proven to be an extremely difficult nut to crack, especially at home. Add to that that they went in to this game with a 2-1 lead and an advantage on away goals, that made it only the more difficult.

Beşiktaş had roughly 90% (!) possession in the opening 15 minutes of the game, but the hosts managed to keep them far enough away from their goal by comitting early fouls and referee Ugurlu allowed them to commit these fouls without showing them any cards.

This was an unfortunate trend which continued throughout the match as Konyaspor accumilation a total of 23 fouls, a good 20 in the opening 70 minutes of the match, yet only saw their first yellow card in the 70th minute when their victory was edging closer and closer with time running out. Ultimately Beşiktaş received 3 yellow cards, comitting 10 fouls while Konyaspor received only 2 but they comitted more than double (23) fouls than the Black Eagles.

Konyaspor threatened a few times in the first half and a few times in the second half, the most dangerous moments they created was either a non called offside missed by the linesman (first half) or Beşiktaş goalkeeper Denys Boyko misjudging a cross/corner from the wings, luckily his defenders were alert to his errors.

Despite the referee’s poor performance and his reluctance to show the hosts any cards, the Black Eagles also weren’t capable of breaking down Konyaspor’s defense. They only gathered a handful of chances and apart from a Dusko Tosic shot and two headers from Mario Gomez and Marcelo in the second half they really didn’t do anything to threaten goalkeeper Kaya. Naturally the fact that Konyaspor were allowed to commit foul after foul to disrupt the flow of the game whenever Beşiktaş were on the offense played a key role in that, but at the end of the day the Black Eagles weren’t good enough either. Starting Serdar and Tosic as the backs was a huge mistake as they probably at the most opporutnities to cross the ball in to the box (apart from Ricardo Quaresma who delivered several good crosses as he always does).

Cenk Tosun’s absence was also a factor of course as the Black Eagles did not have the option to play with two capable central forwrds in the final thir dof the match and instead had to opt for Mustafa Pektemek in the final 10 minutes, who has only scored one goal all season (compared to Cenk’s 15 goals).

It turned out to be a delirium for Konyaspor at the Torku arena, which was packed to the rafters with 42.000 fans, after qualifying to the semi finals. Guaranteeing them of atleast two more matches in this tournament, including a very attractive home match against Fenerbahçe. Congratulations to Konyaspor.


Stadium: Torku Arena

Officials: Yaşar Kemal Uğurlu, Engin Erdem, Serkan Olguncan, Mehmet Emre Atasoy (4. official)

Beşiktaş: Boyko, Serdar, Alexis, Marcelo, Tosic, Atiba, Oğuzhan (81′ Mustafa), Gökhan (46′ Kerim), Sosa (67′ Tolgay), Quaresma, Gomez

Reserves: Günay, Beck, Necip, Kerim, Olcay, Tolgay, Mustafa

Head coach: Şenol Güneş

T. Konyaspor: Kaya, Mehmet, Volkan, Vukovic, Selim, Meha, Ali Ç., Ömer (90+2′ Ali), Mbamba (77′ Skubic), Holmen, Rangelov (71′ Bajic)

Reserves: Serkan, Ali Turan, Skubic, Douglas, Halil, Traore, Bajic

Head coach: Aykut Kocaman

Goal: Meha (84)

Yellow cards: Serdar (30′), Oğuzhan (53′), Alexis (62′), Meha (69′), Holmen (88′)

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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.
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