STSL: Fenerbahçe: 0 Beşiktaş: 0

Updated: December 3, 2016

For the second week in a row the Black Eagles have had to take satisfaction in a point following a scoreless draw at the Fenerbahçe Şükrü Saracoğlu stadium today.

Fenerbahçe have had a poor start to the season with just one point from their opening three games but in recents months have picked up the pace and went in to this match with five straight wins. Beşiktaş on the other hand had dropped points last week against leaders Istanbul Başakşehir but remained unbeaten throughout all competitions (in regulation playing time).

The hosts were four points behind Beşiktaş and seven behind the leaders, who had played to a 2-2 draw earlie ron the day against Antalyaspor. With a win Beşiktaş would come on level points with Başakşehir, while a win for Fenerbahçe would see t hem move within 3 points of the leaders. A draw naturally maintained the status quo at the top of the table.

This match was also the first time Gökhan Gönül would return to the Şükrü Saracoğlu stadium since joining Beşiktaş this Summer, he had spent 9 years at Fenerbahçe and the home crowd booed him throughout the match, but this seemingly only had a positive effect as Gökhan put in a phenomenal performance and looked extremely concentrated throughout.

With a crucial European match ahead of both teams during midweek there seemed to be mainly reservations with the Black Eagles, early on it became clear that Beşiktaş had come for a point, something quite uncharacteristically for the Champions. Fenerbahçe on the other hand had the pressure on them to get a win and once again fully involve themselves in the title race. Fenerbahçe started the match with a lot of pressur egoing forward and wanted to find an early goal but chances remained non existant int he opening 20 minutes.

Beşiktaş had good spells of retaining possession but could do little with the ball in terms of putting together a promising looking attack. After 26 minutes the home side thought they had grabbed the lead, somewhat out of nowhere, but the linesman raised his flag and Moussa Sow saw his goal disallowed for offside, a tight but correct decision by the referee.


Despite being booed for most of the match by the home crowd, Gökhan Gönül put in a dominant performance against his former club.

After 30 minutes Fenerbahçe had what was without a doubt their best chance of the first half, following a corner the ball ended up in the box once again and wasn’t cleare dwell by Atiba Hutchinson, the ball fell for Martin Skrtel but the Slovakia international blasted it in to the stands. Aside from the offside goal, this was the first real warning from the hosts.

The first half did not contain any further chances and we went in to the halftime break with a logical 0-0 scoreline.

Fenerbahçe coach Dick Advocaat brought on winger Volkan Şen for Aatif Chahechouhe at the start of the second half and the Turkish international immediately put the Beşiktaş defence to the test, he broke free on the left hand side for what would be a rarity centered a cross in to the box, but Fabri did well to collect the loose ball.

Robin Van Persie continued Fenerbahçe’s intense start to the second half after a nice control with his chest before volleying the ball past Fabri’s goal in the 48th minute.

Beşiktaş restored control after the opening five or so minutes and in what was one of their better spells in the second half, following several free-kicks and a corner, saw Ricardo Quaresma take a sloppy yellow card which will see him miss the next league match against Bursaspor.

Fenerbahçe created their best chance of the second half right after Quaresma’s substitution as once again Van Persie had a terrific first touch up front, but this time the Dutchman would square to Josef de Souza he came rushing in to the penalty area, the Brazilian however put the ball well wide off target.

Şenol Güneş responded immediately and took off his set-piece specialist in favour of Vincent Aboubakar, who had started on the bench due to some issues with influenza. Aboubakar immediately made his presence felt as he took on the Fenerbahçe defence forcing them to block his shot after a good run cutting in from the left.

Jermain Lens was brought on in the 76th minute and created some minor troubles for the Eagles on the right wing, but by this time Fenerbahçe seemed to had burned through the most of their energy. Fenerbahçe gave away more space and Beşiktaş was able to threaten once or twice, but the hosts continued to defend well and the Eagles did not manage to create any proper chances and they did not capitalize on some of the few set-pieces they had int he opposition’s half.

While the final 10 or so minutes were probably nerve wrecking for both team’s set of fans, the neutrals will have seen very little in terms of spectacle. The end result of this classic was a somewhat disappointing 0-0 draw, although the Black Eagles certainly will be happy with that. Fenerbahçe were the team that wanted it more, but at the end of the day they did not have the quality to win this match and like Beşiktaş, never tested the opposition’s goalkeeper.

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Interesting facts:

  • Beşiktaş extend their unbeaten run this season to 20 official games in all competitions.
  • Neither Fenerbahçe nor Beşiktaş had a shot on target today, a first for the 2016/17 season of the Süper Lig.
  • Gökhan Gönül has won a total of 11 duels against his ex-club Fenerbahçe, his highest of the season.
  • Beşiktaş have failed to score a goal for the first time this season in regulation playing time since the Super Cup final against Galatasaray (20 matches across all competitions).
  • Moussa Sow has failed to score a goal for the first time in a competitive match against Beşiktaş.

Stadium: Şükrü Saracoğlu

Official: Hüseyin Göçek

Fenerbahçe XI: Volkan Demirel; Şener Özbayraklı – Simon Kjær – Martin Škrtel – Hasan Ali Kaldirim; Mehmet Topal – Josef Souza – Alper Potuk; Aatif Chahechouhe (46′ Volkan Şen) – Robin Van Persie – Moussa Sow (76′ Jermain Lens)

Reserves: Fabiano, Roman Neustadter, Ozan Tufan, Gregory Van der Wiel, Volkan Şen, Jermain Lens, Fernandão

Head coach: Dick Advocaat

Beşiktaş XI: Fabricio Ramirez; Gökhan Gönül – Marcelo Guedes – Dusko Tosic – Adriano Correia; Atiba Hutchinson – Tolgay Arslan – Oğuzhan Özyakup (86′ Necip Uysal); Ricardo Quaresma (60′ Vincent Aboubakar) – Cenk Tosun – Kerim Frei (88′ Olcay Şahan)

Reserves: Tolga Zengin, Andreas Beck,  Atınç Nukan, Necip Uysal, Gökhan İnler, Olcay Şahan, Vincent Aboubakar

Head coach: Şenol Güneş

Goals: none

Yellow cards: Simon Kjær (13′), Ricardo Quaresma (56′), Dusko Tosic (81′), Alper Potuk (83′), Necip Uysal (90′)

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