STSL: Beşiktaş: 3 Bursaspor: 2

Updated: April 11, 2016

After an agonizing 2,5 year wait, Beşiktaş finally once again played a home game on their own soil and for the first time in their new state of the art Vodafone Arena. In what would prove to be a thrilling and exciting contest between two bitter rivals, Beşiktaş and Bursaspor.

The visitors were the first to ever kick-off a match at the Vodafone Arena but apart a brief few seconds of possession after their kick-off the Black Eagles took charge of the game right from the get go.

Beşiktaş pushed Bursaspor back towards their own goal and kept up a relentless level of pressure on the visitors in search for that historic opening goal. José Sosa was the first to put Harun Tekin to the test, after an excellent Quaresma cross from the left wing.


Mario Gómez scored the first ever goal at the Vodafone Arena and with his second of the night he now also has as many goals at the last Beşiktaş player to become Süper Lig topscorer: Ilhan Mansiz (21 goals in the 2001-2002 season). Legend.

In the 19th minute the Black Eagles let the nets tremble for the first time, but Olcay’s goal was correctly adjudged offside. Merely 3 minutes later Beşiktaş put together a string of excellent short passes ultimately ending in José Sosa putting Mario Gómez eye to eye with goalkeeper Harun Tekin, the German International dispatched of Bursaspor’s goalie easily by dribbling past him and following up by slotting the ball in to the visitor’s net. The first ever goal scored at the Vodafone Arena will forever be on the name of the German goal machine.

But like this past Monday, the opening goal seemed to cause a moment of lack of focus at the back as the visitors pulled level only 6 minutes later with what was their first real attack of the match in the 28th minute, midfielder Bakaye Traoré will go down in history as the first opposition player to score at the Vodafone Arena.

Ricardo Quaresma was the next Beşiktaş player to come inch close to a goal, but his excellent volley from the edge of the box went just wide of the right post. Harun was put to test minutes later on an Oguzhan freekick, after José Sosa had hit both previous close range freekicks in to the wall.

The second half started with a penalty shout from the Black Eagles as Mario Gómez was brought down in the box, but his claim for a penalty was turned down by the leading match official despite it looking like a clear cut penalty.

José Sosa’s cross found Mario Gómez in the box in the 52nd minute, the German striker did very well to control the ball with his right foot and shoot with his left foot but once again Harun Tekin proved to be a worthy opponent in goal for the Beşiktaş onslaught.

But the visitors showed at the other end that they were also taking part in the match, Tolga could only get his fingertips to a Deniz Yilmaz blast from 30 meters out, putting it in to what would be the visitor’s first corner kick.

Just a few minutes later Mario Gómez received the ball at the edge of the penalty area and rifled a shot of his own towards the upper left corner, but a slight deflection from a defender put the ball in to corner.

Atiba Hutchinson first saw his attempt stopped by goalkeeper Harun, but Harun could not prevent Alexis Delgado from scoring his first goal for the Black Eagles.

Atiba Hutchinson first saw his attempt stopped by goalkeeper Harun, but Harun could not prevent Alexis Delgado from scoring his first goal for the Black Eagles.

That resulting corner however put the Black Eagles in the lead once again, after Harun made an excellent short range save on an Atiba Hutchinson shot, he could not prevent the rebound from being headed in by defender Alexis Delgado, who scored his first goal for the Black Eagles in what was his 7th appearance.

But again the Black Eagles were nearly caught on the back foot after their second goal, when Pablo Batalla took the ball up the field and played it to the left to Emre Taşdemir who delivered a good cross in to the box which was met by Pablo Batalla’s head, but his header went over the right crossing. Giving the Eagles just a scare, so soon after scoring their second.

Aziz Behich cleared a shot off the line in the following Beşiktaş attack and after yet another Beşiktaş attack, José Sosa was brought down inside the box, this time the match official did point toward the penalty spot.

Mario Gómez stept up to take the penalty and score his 21st of the season, but Harun Tekin made yet another save and prevented the German from scoring from the spot. Unfortunately for Harun, Gómez remained cool and followed up well to put the rebound beyond the excellent Bursaspor goalkeeper.

Ricardo Quaresma, eager to get on the scoresheet, saw himself denied by the bar after a sublime Trivela shot which certainly deserved a better faith.

But the visitors weren’t down and out for the count yet, while the Black Eagles were looking to score their fourth, Bursaspor once again proved clinical in front of goal as they managed to pull one back in the 71st minute through Miroslaw Stoch. What up until that point in the match was a very rare attack from the visitors.

However after their second goal the visitors grew in confidence and with the final whistle fast approaching it seemed as if the Black Eagles were a bit over-anxious which led to pressure from their opponents.

After an excellent steal from Necip in midfield, Beşiktaş saw yet another shot cleared off the line. This time Bursaspor’s saviour was Jem Karacan, who prevented an eager Ricardo Quaresma from getting on the scoresheet yet again.

Two minutes before the end of official time, Andreas Beck (who had replaced Serdar minutes prior) set up a nice attack on right wing. José Sosa dribbled his way in to a goalscoring opportunity and fired at goal, but saw his attempt turned by the goalkeeper. Sosa really should have passed it towards the penalty point where Oguzhan was left completely unmarked and could have slotted the ball in to the empty goal.

Unfortuantely for what was otherwise an excellent game, the final few minutes were ruined by unsportive behavior from the visitors. First their coach was sent to the stands and after that a fight nearly broke out between the two teams after a last second foul from Hosogai on Ricardo Quaresma. Both Hosogai and Quaresma got a second yellow card and were sent off as the match had also been brought to an end by referee Bariş Şimşek.

Stadium: Vodafone Arena

Officials: Bariş Şimşek, Uygar Bebek, Mehmet Metin, Serdar Diyadin (4. official)

Beşiktaş XI: Tolga Zengin; Serdar Kurtuluş (84′ Andreas Beck) – Alexis Delgado – Marcelo Guedes – İsmail Köybaşı (83′ Duško Tošić); Atiba Hutchinson – Oğuzhan Özyakup – José Sosa; Ricardo Quaresma – Olcay Şahan (71′ Necip Uysal) – Mario Gómez

Reserves: Günay Güvenç, Andreas Beck, Duško Tošić, Necip Uysal, Kerim Frei, Gökhan Töre, Cenk Tosun

Head coach: Şenol Güneş

Bursaspor XI: Harun Tekin; Hajime Hosogai – Tomáš Sivok – Şamil Çinaz – Aziz Behich; Ricardo Faty (76′ Cristobal Jorquera) – Bakaye Traoré (65′ Jem Karacan) – Pablo Batalla; Deniz Yilmaz – Emre Taşdemir – Tomáš Necid (65′ Miroslaw Stoch)

Reserves: Mert Günok, Dany Nounkeu, Bekir Yilmaz, Miroslaw Stoch, Jem Karacan, Cristobal Jorquara, Tom De Sutter

Head coach: Hamza Hamzaoğlu

Goals: Mario Gómez (22′, 58′), Bakaye Traoré (28′), Alexis Delgado (53′), Miroslaw Stoch (71′)

Yellow cards: Tomas Sivok (23′), Hajime Hosogai (45′, 90+7′), Ricardo Faty (55′), Pablo Batalla (59′), Ricardo Quaresma (90+4′, 90+7′)

Red cards: Hajime Hosogai (90+7′), Ricardo Quaresma (90+7′)

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