STSL: Trabzonspor: 0 Beşiktaş: 2

Updated: March 15, 2016

The Black Eagles have done what they needed to do to secure the first place in the standings with just 9 matches left on the program. After having beaten Mersin in their first postponed match they now had to take on Trabzonspor at the Hüseyin Avni Aker stadium.

Beşiktaş had only just gotten 3 points a few days earlier in the Black Sea region, after a 1-2 win against Rizespor. And now had to do the same against Trabzonspor, who were in a dissapointing 13th position in the standings, their worst performance since the 2001-2002 season.

That terrible run did not mean Beşiktaş would have a field day however, as Trabzonspor gave the Eagles a run for their money.

Beşiktaş didn’t start the game off too well, there were a lot of inaccuracies in their passing and it Yusuf Erdogan and Cavanda played a solid game on the wings, making it difficult for their direct opponents to get in a position to center the ball towards Mario Gómez.

The goalline official is looking straight at Mustafa Yumlu's handling of the ball, but doesn't call the penalty.

The goalline official is looking straight at Mustafa Yumlu’s handling of the ball, but doesn’t call the penalty.

After 12 minutes however the ball could have easily gone on the penalty spot, as Mario Gómez tried to squeeze the ball past Trabzonspor goalkeeper Esteban Alvarado, defender Mustafa Yumlu blocked the ball with his left arm. But the official behind the goal and main official Bülent Yildirim ignored the pleas of the Black Eagles for a spotkick, eventhough it seemed to be clear as day.

There weren’t many chances throughout the first half, one for either side. Yusuf Erdogan blasted his opportunity wide off target while one on one with Tolga Zengin, who injured himself during the process. And Mario Gómez saw his volleyed attempt turned by Mustafa Yumlu in front of the goalline, after an inch perfect Quaresma cross.

Beşiktaş controlled possession but Trabzonspor certainly didn’t hold back as they had several good turnovers which led to potentially dangerous counter possibilities but the hosts lacked accuracy in their final passes.

Tolga Zengin required a substitution at half time, it wasn’t to clear how he managed to injure himself but the experienced captain could not continue and therefore was replaced by Günay Güvenç.

Apart from Tolga’s substitution both teams started with the same eleven men at the second half kick-off. The second half seemed a bit more one-sided than the first half, with Beşiktaş taking more initiative.

It still remained a difficult outing however as Trabzonspor made it difficult for the Black Eagles, they were still very sharp in the duels and still managed to close down the wings very well with t heir fast sidebacks.

Trabzonspor didn’t manage to create much danger int he second half but had their own penalty shout turned down in the second half after Marko Marin took a shot from outside the box, there was appeal for a handball but Bülent Yildirim waved play on once again.

The Black Eagles had a few “almost” moments, but the final pass was just a bit too hard for the player sent through the middle to be able to ge tthrough it, until Mario Gómez got on the end of a through ball and cut it back but went down as there seemed to be contact with Douglas who came sliding in, another penalty shout turned down.

Quaresma once again provided the assist with an excellent cross from the wings as Mario Gómez scored in 19th league goal of the season.

Quaresma once again provided the assist with an excellent cross from the wings as Mario Gómez scored in 19th league goal of the season.

But not long after this position Ricardo Quaresma managed to find Mario Gómez at the wide post with one of his trademark inch perfect crosses, the German Süper Lig topscorer headed it towards goal, Esteban got a touch but couldn’t prevent Super Mario from scoring his 19th of the season in the 75th minute. After the all important opening goal Oguzhan requested a substitution as his injury was playing up again, Tolgay Arslan replaced him. Cenk Tosun had been warming up and getting ready to come on, but after the goal Şenol Güneş opted for other tactical solutions as he later brought on Olcay instead of Quaresma.

A substitution which would prove a good move as Olcay Şahan doubled the score on a textbook counter in the 86th minute, thanks to a brilliant backheel assist from Kerim Frei. Olcay’s first goal in 15 matches.

With that goal the Black Eagles secured their 3 points and their leadership position in the league once again, Trabzonspor tried to mount a last minute offensive and got a few corners but ultimately did not create any real danger let alone manage to beat Günay Güvenç.

With 9 matches left on the program for the Black Eagles, they have their title chances completely in their own hands as they currently have a small one point lead over rivals Fenerbahçe.

Stadium: Hüseyin Avni Aker

Officials: Bülent Yıldırım, Ekrem Kan, Asım Yusuf Öz, Bülent Gökçü (4. official)

Beşiktaş: Tolga (46′ Günay), Beck, Necip, Tosic, İsmail, Atiba, Oğuzhan (78′ Tolgay), Quaresma (83′ Olcay), Sosa, Kerim, Gomez

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

Head coach: Şenol Güneş

Trabzonspor: Esteban, Cavanda, Mustafa, Douglas, Yusuf, Okay, Marko, Erkan, Aytaç, Cardozo (63′ Sefa), Muhammet

Reserves: Yavuz, Semih, Musa, Salih, Sefa, Melih, Ramazan

Head coach: Hami Mandıralı

Goals: Gomez (76′), Olcay (86′)

Yellow card: Douglas (71′)

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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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