STSL: Beşiktaş: 1 İstanbul Başakşehir: 1

Updated: November 26, 2016

Beşiktaş have failed to overtake İstanbul Başakşehir at the top of the table following a 1-1 draw which leaves both sides still undefeated in the Turkish Süper Lig after twelve matches played.

The visitors overwhelmed the Black Eagles at the start of the first half and dominated the opening 20 minutes, Andreas Beck was forced to make a goalline clearance after 11 minutes as Başakşehir nearly took an early lead.

Beşiktaş would only threaten for the first time after 16 minutes of play, following a quick corner Adriano crossed in the ball at the near post, but Atiba was too surprised to do anything with the cross.

quaresma-ibfk1Two minutes later another dangerous looking attack from the visitors as Cengiz Ünder went down in the box, simulation said referee Cüneyt Çakır and promptly booked the youngster.

Following the opening 20 minutes when the Beşiktaş had seemingly weathered the Başakşehir storm the Black Eagles went looking for that opening goal, a dangerous looking attack was broken down and quickly turned over as the visitors did brilliantly to switch from defence to attack, ultimately ending up in an excellent Cengiz Ünder goal: 0-1 after 21 minutes. In true old school Milan fashion.

Beşiktaş were visually fatigued and struggled to really bolster a fist but on the 34th minute mark they set up a very good looking combination which ultimately ended in a Quaresma cross from the right, Cenk Tosun met the cross with his head but put the attempt wide. Without a doubt the best opportunity of the first half for the underwhelming hosts.marcelo-gol-ibfk

Şenol Güneş brought on Tolgay Arlsan at halftime for Gökhan İnler and that immediately had a positive effect on the flow of play. Beşiktaş looked much better coming out of the dressing room and put the visitors under pressure from the get go, it took them only 5 minutes to get the equalizer: Marcelo Guedes put the ball beyond Volkan Babacan to pull things level following another superb Quaresma corner: 1-1 after 51 minutes.

Beşiktaş continued to bring the game to their opponents for the following 10 to 15 minutes but still had trouble to break down the well organized Başakşehir side, having felt how effective they can be on the counter the Eagles had to be wary of loss of possession.

Apart from an excellent Quaresma freekick in the 70th minute, which was met with an even better Volkan Babacan save, the Eagles didn’t really put the visiting goalkeeper to test. On the contrary, it were the visitors who seemingly had stolen the victory right at the end after Marcio Mossoró put the ball beyond goalkeeper Fabri, but very fortunately for the Eagles a foul was called prior to the goal and so it was disallowed.

A 1-1 draw is something the Black Eagles will have to take comfort with as they really didn’t do enough to dethrone the current Süper Lig leaders. The exhausting Champions League clash with Benfica seemed to still have left it’s effect and Beşiktaş coach Şenol Güneş outed his frustration towards the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) for their continued reluctance to reschedule the Champions’ games to Sundays.

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Interesting facts:

  • Beşiktaş have extended their undefeated run at home in Super Lig to 1 year ((last defeat was vs Akhisar in 29 Nov 2015) – W14 D2)
  • Ricardo Quaresma has been involved in seven goals in his last eight competitive games (two scored, five assisted).
  • Marcelo Guedes has scored his fourth league goal at Vodafone Arena: Only Cenk Tosun (6) has scored more at that venue.
  • Beşiktaş have failed to register a shot on target in the first half for the third time (in 17 games) this season.
  • Beşiktaş have drawn all five of their games this term after conceding first (Benfica (twice), Galatasaray, Konyaspor, Gençlerbirligi).

Stadium: Vodafone Arena

Official: Cüneyt Çakır

Beşiktaş XI: Fabricio Ramirez; Andreas Beck – Marcelo Guedes – Atınç Nukan – Adriano Correia (81′ Gökhan Gönül); Atiba Hutchinson – Gökhan İnler (46′ Tolgay Arslan) – Oğuzhan Özyakup; Ricardo Quaresma – Cenk Tosun – Vincent Aboubakar (83′ Olcay Şahan)

Reserves: Tolga Zengin, Olcay Şahan, Tolgay Arslan, Kerim Frei, Ömer Şişmanoğlu, Gökhan Gönül, Necip Uysal

Head coach: Şenol Güneş

Beşakşehir XI: Volkan Babacan; Uğur Uçar – Alexandru Epureanu – Yalçın Ayhan – Ferhat Öztorun (57′ Eren Albayrak); Mahmut Tekdemir – Marcio Mossoro – Emre Belözoğlu (39′ Joseph Attamah); Edin Visca – Cengiz Ünder – Mehmet Batdal (86′ Mustafa Pektemek)

Reserves: Ufuk Ceylan, Joseph Attamah, Bekir İrtegün, Eren Albayrak, Doka Madureira, Mustafa Pektemek, Stefano Napoleoni

Head coach: Abdullah Avcı

Goals: Cengiz Ünder (31′), Marcelo Guedes (51′)

Yellow cards: Cengiz Ünder (18′), Adriano Correia (66′), Andreas Beck (67′)

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