STSL: Beşiktaş: 2 Bursaspor: 1

Updated: December 10, 2016

Following a controversial but devastating defeat on the last matchday of the Champions League group stages, leading to the Black Eagles’ exit from the tournament, all eyes were on them today. Would they rebound, or would they implode?

Even if Beşiktaş didn’t just come off an emotional roller coaster, a match against Bursaspor is always a test, especially this season when they are doing quite well and were in fifth place ahead of this game just five points behind the Black Eagles.

The crowd seemingly screamed louder than ever, to show their unconditional support for the team, which seemingly had a positive effect on the players as they started quite well to the match. But Bursaspor had a good game plan of their own and they managed to keep the Eagles at bay until the 13th minute when Olcay had the first real good attempt on goal from the edge of the area, aiming just wide.

Ten minutes later the visitors countered quickly and created was probably their best chance of the match, Batalla played the ball through to Deniz Yilmaz at the second post but he fumbled his shot and put it wide, a really good opportunity for Bursaspor in the 23rd minute.

Four minutes later Cenk Tosun did well to play the ball through on Vincent Aboubakar who rushed in to the penalty area, cutting to his right foot he attempted to put the ball beyond goalkeeper Harun Terkin, which he did, but defender Aziz Behich did well to clear the ball in front of the goal line! Best chance of the game so far.

In the 42nd minute Oğuzhan Özyakup played Olcay Şahan through on goal, but Olcay saw his shot deflected out by Harun Tekin, another excellent opportunity for the Black Eagles!

Right before the end of the first half Beşiktaş were awarded a free-kick, Marcelo nearly got to the end of it at the far post but collided with goalkeeper Harun Tekin, stepping on his leg in the process. Harun rolled around on the floor but in the process seemingly kicked Marcelo aswell. Both players got a yellow card as we went in to the break at a 0-0 scoreline.

Cenk Tosun beat Harun Tekin twice from the spot after the Bursa goalkeeper had saved the past five penalties he had faced

Despite a more than decent first half performance Olcay Şahan was taken off at halftime in favour of Tolgay Arslan, an excellent substitution as Tolgay turned out to be the missing link in midfield that really helped the Eagles push Bursaspor back on their own half.

After several dangerous attacks and early warnings at the beginning of the second half, Beşiktaş earned themselves a penalty kick after Yonathan Del Valle brought down Gökhan Gönül in the box. With Harun Tekin having stopped all five of the penalties he had faced so far this season, who would dare to challenge the Bursaspor goalie? Cenk Tosun was the one to step up and took his responsibility, he sent Harun the wrong way and put the Black Eagles 1-0 up after 53 minutes.

Adriano had a shot go just wide several minutes later and in the 65th minute the referee had to point to the penalty spot once again after Merter brought down Oguzhan in the area. Once again it was Cenk Tosun who took the responsibility of the penalty. This time Harun did pick the right corner but Cenk’s penalty was shot with the right amount of power and accuracy: 2-0 after 65 minutes.

After the second goal Beşiktaş continued to press for a third and they came close multiple times, but Harun did briliantly to keep the Eagles out on several occassions. Aboubakar, Cenk and Oguzhan all saw their attempts stoped by the Turkish international goalkeeper and so it remained 2-0 until the final minutes.

Bursaspor would manage to pull one back, albeit from an offside position, but the goal counted nevertheless. It wasn’t enough for Bursaspor and the match ended 2-1 in favour of the Black Eagles. Who have now caught up to Istanbul Başakşehir at the top of the table following their 0-0 draw today against Gençlerbirligi.

Süper Lig matchday 14 standings

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Interesting facts:

  • Atiba Hutchinson has completed more passes in a single Super Lig game than any other player since 2014/15 (119 – 95.2%).
  • Cenk Tosun has scored his ninth Super Lig goal this season; one more than whole 2015/16 (8).
  • Harun Tekin has conceded 3 of the last 9 penalties he has faced in Super Lig; all of them were against Besiktas (Cenk 2, Demba Ba).

Stadium: Vodafone Arena

Official: Bülent Yıldırım

Beşiktaş XI: Fabricio Ramirez; Gökhan Gönül – Marcelo Guedes – Dusko Tosic – Adriano Correia; Atiba Hutchinson – Necip Uysal – Oğuzhan Özyakup (90+1′ Gökhan İnler); Olcay Şahan (46′ Tolgay Arslan) – Cenk Tosun (88′ Ömer Şişmanoğlu) – Vincent Aboubakar

Reserves: Tolga Zengin, Andreas Beck,  Atınç Nukan, Tolgay Arslan, Gökhan İnler, Kerim Frei, Ömer Şişmanoğlu

Head coach: Şenol Güneş

Bursaspor XI: Harun Tekin; Erdem Özgenç – İsmail Konuk – Ertuğrul Ersoy – Aziz Behich; Merter Yüce (85′ Sinan Bakış) – Pablo Batalla – Cristobal Jorquera; Yonathan Del Valle (56′ Emre Taşdemir) – Joshua John (56′ Tomas Necid) – Deniz Yılmaz

Reserves: Mert Günok, Emre Taşdemir, Ricardo Faty, Tomas Necid, Sercan Yıldırım, Sinan Bakış, Mert Örnek

Head coach: Hamza Hamzaoğlu

Goals: Cenk Tosun (53′ Pen. – 65′ Pen.), Emre Taşdemir (90+1′)

Yellow cards: Necip Uysal (35′), Merter Yüce (39′), Marcelo Guedes (45+1′), Harun Tekin (45+1′), Ertuğrul Ersoy (69′), Adriano Correia (90+3′), Sercan Yıldırım (90+3′, 90+3′)

Red card: Sercan Yıldırım (90+3′ – on the bench)

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Freelance sports writer specialized in Turkish football and Beşiktaş. Co-host of the Black Eagles podcast. Frequently featured in World Soccer Digest Japan and many other international media outlets. Following Turkish football for close to two decades. Proud father to Aedin.
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