STSL: Beşiktaş: 3 Karabükspor: 1

Updated: September 10, 2016

With the Champions League kicking off on Tuesday with a difficult trip away against SL Benfica in Lisbon, Şenol Güneş opted for some serious rotation in his starting eleven tonight against Igor Tudor’s Karabükspor.

The fans at Vodafone Arena tonight had the pleasure of seeing 6 new players making their official debut for the Black Eagles. Caner Erkin, Gökhan Gönül, Gökhan İnler, Anderson Talisca and goalkeeper Fabricio Agosto Ramirez all started in the starting eleven while Vincent Aboubakar came in as a second half substitute.

After a more than positive start to the season for Kardemir Karabükspor, Igor Tudor opted for caution and started the match with five defenders and three defensive midfielders, a move which would prove to haunt him as the Black Eagles started off the game with a relentless tempo pushing the visitors firmly back inside their own half.

Just 7 minutes the hosts could have already taken the lead. After an excellent cross from the right hand side from Gökhan Gönül, Cenk Tosun attempted a spectacular overhead kick but Karabükspor’s goalkeeper Ahmet did well to deflect the attempt in to corner.

Beşiktaş relentlessly kept up the pressure which led to several more nervous moments for the visitors, but int he 26th minute Caner Erkin’s cross found Cenk Tosun who easily put the hosts 1-0 up.

Cenk Tosun bags his fourth goal in his third league game this season

Cenk Tosun bags his fourth goal in his third league game this season

Just 4 minutes later Fabricio launched a quick attack with an excellent long pass deviated by Anderson Talisca, Ömer got on the end of Talisca’s headed pass and calmly put it past goalkeeper Ahmet Şahin: 2-0 after half an hour.

Following the two goal lead the Black Eagles took their foot of the gas pedal which resulted in the visitors seeing more of the ball and creating some dnager of their own. Just 3 minutes after the second goal Abdou Razack Traoré had an excellent opportunity to pull one back for Karabükspor but he saw his attempt deflected out by Marcelo Guedes.

In the 42nd minute Abdou Razack Traoré went down in the box after contact with Caner Erkin. The visitors appealed for a penalty and should have gotten one but referee Serkan Çınar waved play on, that Caner Erkin already had a yellow card to his name only added to Karabükspor’s frustration. The score at halftime was 2-0.

Igor Tudor made a change at halftime and took one of his five defender off for an extra attacking midfielder and this seemingly had an instant impact although certainly some luck was involved. After an early corner in the second half the ball ended up in front of the foot of Abdou Razack Traoré on the edge of the box, he took a shot and saw it take a deflection off of Gökhan Gönül leaving Fabri with no chance to save: 2-1 after 48 minutes.

Almost straight after their goal it could have already been 3-1 however as Karabükspor’s experienced goalkeeper Ahmet Şahin was caught way out of his goal area, he forced Olcay in to the top left corner but the Beşiktaş winger did well to dribble the 38-year old goalkeeper and fired a curved shot at goal from way out but saw his attempt clear before the line in to corner.

Four minutes later it was Cenk Tosun’s turn to have another attempt at goal but Ahmet did well to match the power of his shot and deflected in to corner once again.

Only a minute later İlhan Depe rushed down the right wing and cut inside presenting Poko with one of the best chances of the game for his side to pull things level, but from close range Fabricio did very well and stood his ground clearing the ball with an excellent leg swipe save.

Şenol Güneş felt he had to do something to take back control in midfield and replaced Anderson Talisca with Oğuzhan Özyakup just before the hour mark.

Adriano was also brought on and the Black Eagles seemed to have weathered their visitor’s storm as they reclaimed control over the match. After one or two dangerous counter attacks towards the final ten minutes of the game the Eagles won a deserved penalty after a rash tackle by Dany Nounkeu who also received his second yellow card for the offence. Oğuzhan stept up and converted the spotkick bagging the 3 points in the 82nd minute: 3-1.

Oğuzhan's penalty goal put an end to Karabükspor's resistance int he 82nd minute

Oğuzhan’s penalty goal put an end to Karabükspor’s resistance int he 82nd minute

Vincent Aboubakar was given a good 10 minutes aswell as he came on to replace Olcay in the 83rd minute right after the third goal.

The final 10 minutes of the match Beşiktaş controlled and played the ball around well. Dusko Tosic had the best chance to expand the Black Eagles’ lead in the first minute of extra time following another dangerous corner from Caner Erkin, but he saw his shot saved on the line by Ahmet.

Beşiktaş are now in second position after 3 matches inthe Spor Toto Süper Lig, two points behind leaders Medipol Başakşehir.

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Interesting facts:

  • Beşiktaş have won all five of their home games at Vodafone Arena and have scored an average of 3,4 goals per game, conceding an average of exactly 1 goal per game.
  • Beşiktaş have now won their last twelve league home games, scoring a total of 33 goals and conceding 7.
  • All of Beşiktaş’ 9 Süper Lig goals this season have come from Turkish players (Cenk Tosun (4), Olcay Şahan (2), Oğuzhan Özyakup (2), Ömer Şişmanoğlu (1))
  • Cenk Tosun has been involved in 7 goals in his past 8 Süper Lig appearances (5 goals, 2 assists).
  • Atiba Hutchinson has missed a Süper Lig game for the firs titme since May 29th 2015 (v Gençlerbirligi)

Stadium: Vodafone Arena

Official: Serkan Çınar

Beşiktaş XI: Fabricio Ramirez; Gökhan Gönül – Marcelo Guedes – Dusko Tosić- Caner Erkin; Gökhan İnler – Tolgay Arslan – Anderson Talisca (57′ Oğuzhan Özyakup); Ömer Şişmanoğlu (60′ Adriano Correia) – Olcay Şahan (83′ Vincent Aboubakar) – Cenk Tosun

Reserves: Tolga Zengin, Andreas Beck, Luiz Rhodolfo, Adriano Correia, Oğuzhan Özyakup, Kerim Frei, Vincent Aboubakar

Head coach: Şenol Güneş

Kardemir Karabükspor XI: Ahmet Şahin; Kerim Zengin – Marius Gaman (46′ Cristian Tanase) – Dany Nounkeu – Barış Başdaş – Iasmin Latovlevici; Olafur Skulason (77′ Isaac Promise) – Biyogo Poko – Ceyhun Gülselam – Abdou Razack Traoré; lhan Depe (66′ Vladimir Rodic)

Reserves: Ercüment Kafkasyalı, Osman Çelik, Promise Isaac, Vladimir Rodic, Mahmut Akan, Cristian Tanase, Hakan Aslantaş

Head coach: Igor Tudor

Goals: Cenk Tosun (26′), Ömer Şişmanoğlu (30′), Oğuzhan Özyakup (82′ P),  Abdou Razack Traoré (48′)

Yellow cards: Ceyhun Gülselam (21′), Caner Erkin (31′), Barış Başdaş (35′), Dusko Tosic (57′), Dany Nounkeu (72′, 81′), Andre Biyogo Poko (75′)

Red Card: Dany Nounkeu (81′ double booking)

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