STSL: Beşiktaş: 3 Antalyaspor: 0

Updated: October 23, 2016

Another week another victory as the Black Eagles continue their unbeaten run at the start of the 2016/17 season. Coming off an impressive Champions League victory over Napoli on Wednesday the Black Eagles had to deal with Antalyaspor in the Turkish Süper Lig, which they did ultimately in convincing fashion but they never seemed to kick in to their highest gear.

Antalyaspor started off well in the first half and managed to retain possession in the opening minutes, putting the Black Eagles under some slight pressure early on. Atiba had to pull the emergency break early on when he lost the ball in midfield and wanted to prevent a dangerous attack from coming to fruition, the man who hadn’t been booked in 54 Süper Lig match has now collected two yellow cards back-to-back.

The visitors were awarded their first corner after 9 minutes and Danilo did well to deliver the cross at the near post where Deniz Kadah managed to head it through to Ondrej Celustka at the far post, but the former Czech International could not put the ball between the post and his attempt went wide. An early warning from Antalyaspor, Beşiktaş didn’t start the game off as they usually do at Vodafone Arena.

Two minutes later man-in-form Fabri was forced to make his first real save as Ramon Motta had an attempt at the Spaniard ‘s goal from inside the box, but Fabri did very well to keep out the former Beşiktaş left-back.

Beşiktaş took more control over the match but they didn’t get much further than some patient build up and irregular probes in to Antalyaspor’s defensive third. On the halfhour mark Fabri was once again called in action as he did well to rush off his goal line to prevent Samuel Eto’o from getting in to a scoring postiion, Fabri cleared the ball but Charles picked it up on the right wing and tried his luck but put it wide as Fabri was out of his goal.

It took 34 minutes for the Black Eagles to really put a decent chance together, Quaresma delivered an excellent cross in from the left wing with his left foot (not a trivela!) and Aboubakar did well to meet the ball with his head but his attempt was too central and goalkeeper Ferhat Kaplan had little trouble holding on to it.

43 minutes Anderson Talisca was brought down right in front of the Antalyaspor penalty area, a very attractive position for either him or Quaresma to take an attempt on goal but the referee waved play on eventhough it was a clear free-kick. Just a minute later however Cenk Tosun was brought down a bit further to the right but this time the referee could not ignore the foul and had to give the free-kick. Talisca stepped up to take the free-kick and curled it well towards goal but the ball dipped too late and went over.

Vincent Aboubakar put the Black Eagles in front with his first ever Süper Lig goal, a fabulous strike!

Vincent Aboubakar put the Black Eagles in front with his first ever Süper Lig goal, a fabulous strike!

Again a minute later Dusko Tosic with one of his trademark sliding challenges did very well to intercept the ball in his own half and start a counter attack. The ball ended up with Vincent Aboubakar on the left wing who took it forward, Aboubakar cut inside at the edge of the penalty area and placed a shot perfectly in the top right corner, leaving Ferhat without a chance: 1-0 at the death of regular playing time in the first half. Aboubakar’s third goal in a week for the Black Eagles, after previously having scored a brace against Napoli on Wednesday.

Following Aboubakar’s sublime goal Antalyaspor’s players protested vigorously as they wanted a foul called prior to the goal (the sliding challenge from Dusko Tosic), during these protests several players got booked after Diego Angelo received a red card. It was learned during halftime and confirmed after the match that Diego Angelo allegedly used “bad words” towards the official. Deniz Kadah and Samuel Eto’o also saw a yellow card in this sequence of verbal sparring with the referee.

Beşiktaş with an excellent goal had the lead at halftime: 1-0. Although the red card for Antalyaspor was quite unfortunate for the visitors.

Neither team made a change at halftime but Antalyaspor went out with the intent of taking a bit more risk. Four minutes in to the secon half, following a Talisca corner, Tolgay Arslan crossed the ball back in to the box from the left hand side, goalkeeper Ferhat missed the ball but Dusko Tosic was too surprised to finish with his head and put the ball in the back of the empty net as he headed it wide. An excellent chance for the Black Eagles to kill the match early on.

Another three minutes later in the 52nd minute Sakib Aytaç charged in a bit overhastely and took Cenk Tosun down in the box, the Turkish International forward wanted a penalty – and judging by the replay should have had one – but the referee waved play on.

On the hour mark another excellent Quaresma cross towards the second post from the left hand side, Cenk Tosun layed it off with his head but Aboubakar couldn’t finish, another superb chance for the Eagles to kill off the match!

Twelve minutes later Beşiktaş finally found that second goal, this time Quaresma crossed it in from the right and Talisca headed in at the near post. An excellent cross and a perfect headed finish by the Brazilian: 2-0 after 72 minutes of play.

Four minutes later Antalyaspor had their best chance of the entire match, Ondrej Celustka crossed it in perfectly from the right wing but Samuel Eto’o couldn’t finish and put the ball wide off target.

In the 79th minute Caner Erkin, who had come in the 70th minute to replace Tolgay Arslan, stayed down with what looked to be a serious injury. He was replaced 4 minutes later by Ömer after receiving some treatment, he was brought over to the hospital and it looks like he’ll be out for several months.

In the 82nd minute Quaresma seemed through on goal to put the icing on the cake but Ferhat this time did well to keeep the Portuguese International out.

Ramon Motta tried his luck one more time in the 87th minute with one of his torpedoes from outside the box, but he could not replicate his goal against Club Brugge two years ago and his shot went wide.

Two minutes later in the 89th minute the Black Eagles added their third and the last goal of the match as Vincent Aboubakar turned provider with a low cross from the right wing, Anderson Talisca followed through with an excelent sliding finish to put the final score on the scoreboard: 3-0 after 89 minutes.

Nothing of note happened in the remaining 3 minutes of the game and Beşiktaş win their match comfortably without ever really needed to switch in a higher gear. Antalyaspor certainly had a good gameplan but a goal at the brink of halftime and a sending off saw to it that they never really had much of a chance in the second half.

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Interesting facts:

  • Beşiktaş remain unbeaten in the 2016/17 season and have never lost at the Vodafone Arena since it’s inauguration last season (3-2 win vs. Bursaspor) (8 games, 6W, 2D).
  • Atiba Hutchinson has been shown back-to-back yellow cards for the first time in his Beşiktaş career in the Süper Lig (101 games, 6 yellow cards).
  • Beşiktaş have not lost in their last 13 Süper Lig home games and won 12 of them.
  • Beşiktaş have scored atleast 2 goals in each of their 7 Süper Lig games at Vodafone Arena since it’s inauguration last season (22 goals total, 3,14 goals per match).
  • Beşiktaş have kept a clean sheet in each of their last 3 Süper Lig games. Goalkeeper Fabri has kept 4 clean sheet in 6 Süper Lig games.

Stadium: Vodafone Arena

Official: Barış Şimşek

Beşiktaş XI: Fabricio Ramirez; Gökhan Gönül – Marcelo Guedes – Dusko Tosic – Adriano Correia; Atiba Hutchinson – Tolgay Arslan (70′ Caner Erkin (83′ Ömer Şişmanoğlu)) – Anderson Talisca; Cenk Tosun (64′ Necip Uysal) – Vincent Aboubakar – Ricardo Quaresma

Reserves: Tolga Zengin, Andreas Beck, Luiz Rhodolfo, Caner Erkin, Necip Uysal, Olcay Şahan, Ömer Şişmanoğlu

Head coach: Şenol Güneş

Antalyaspor XI: Ferhat Kaplan; Ondrej Celustka – Chico – Diego Angelo – Sakib Aytaç; Zeki Yildirim (85′ Kenan Horic) – Charles – Deniz Kadah – Ramon Motta – Danilo Campos (70′ Mbilla Etame); Samuel Eto’o (85′ Milan Jevtovic)

Reserves: Ozan Evrim Özenç, Yusuf Çelik, Kenan Horic, Atakan Cangöz, Jean Makoun, Serge Mbilla Etame, Milan Jevtovic

Head coach: Riza Çalımbay

Goals: Vincent Aboubakar (45′), Anderson Talisca (72′, 89′)

Yellow cards: Atiba Hutchinson (3′), Zeki Yıldırım (15′), Deniz Kadah (45+2′), Samuel Eto’o (45+3′), Marcelo Guedes (57′), Chico (62′),

Red card: Diego Angelo (45+1′)

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