STSL: Beşiktaş: 1 Gaziantepspor: 0

Updated: December 24, 2016

Beşiktaş finishes the year 2016 on a high, making up two of their three lost points last week as they edge within one point of leaders İstanbul Başakşehir.

Perhaps as surprising as it was to see Beşiktaş lose against Kasimpaşa, Adanaspor held Başakşehir to a draw during the early match on Saturday. Meaning Beşiktaş could make up for their slip-up last weekend.

Despite their disappointing position in the standings and having lost their last six league matches, Gaziantepspor gave the current Champions plenty of trouble. Proving once again that there simply aren’t any “easy” games for the Black Eagles right now.

Ryan Babel in attendance during the match in Fikret Orman’s skybox doing the Eagle pose

Beşiktaş started the match with an iron grip on the midfield and managed to retain the vast majority of possession. However as so often is the case possession does not equal chances and Beşiktaş struggled to find a way through the Gaziantepspor wall.

While Beşiktaş had the ball and controlled the flow of play, Gaziantepspor did anything they could to disrupt that flow of play and keep the tempo low while at the same time praying on the counter.

The amount of time wasting tactics utilized by the visitors quickly rose to an obscene amount. From the very first minutes goalkeeper Gökhan Değirmenci was stalling as much he could on every goalkick.

Gaziantepspor’s field players in turn resorted to faking injuries and staying down for minutes on end needing treatment every time. After four times and easily 5 minutes wasted on the so called injuries alone the home crowd had enough and chanted towards their former captain and now Gaziantepspor coach “İbrahim get your players on their feet!”.

To the delight of the fans İbrahim Üzülmez actually did just that and screamed at his team in order for them to stop laying -and staying- down.

While Beşiktaş had possession, Gaziantepspor had been the most dangerous. But in the 40th minute it was Vincent Aboubakar who broke the deadlock with an emphatic finish placing the ball in the top left corner beyond the goalkeeper’s reach. 1-0 after 41 minutes.

3 minutes, which really should have been 5, of stoppage time did not lead to anymore major chances so we went in to the break with a narrow lead for the Black Eagles.

Beşiktaş started the second half in a less controlling fashion and for 20 minutes or so the visitors looked like they were going to get themselves an equalizer. Beşiktaş did restore control and had a fantastic opportunity to double their lead in the 68th minute but Gökhan Değirmenci kept Cenk out from close range.

Following a push in the back of Vincent Aboubakar in the 77th minute, Beşiktaş were awarded a penalty. Much to the dismay of Ricardo Quaresma Oğuzhan claimed the ball while Quaresma wanted Cenk (who has scored 6 out of 6 penalties this season) to take it.

While Oğuzhan’s attempt from the spot wasn’t poor by any stretch of the imagination it was stopped by Değirmenci – who picked the right corner and stretched well. A golden opportunity for the Black Eagles to double their lead, wasted.

Fortunately for the Black Eagles Fabri was alert to the only real position of danger for the visitors in the final minute of regulation time.

Beşiktaş get their desired 3 points but do so without impressing and for large portions of the match simply putting in an underwhelming performance.

The much needed winter break has finally arrived, hopefully the Eagles put it to good use and refill their tanks. If they want to extend their title they’ll need to play at a much higher level starting mid January.

Turkish Sūper Lig standing

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Interesting facts:

  • For the first time since 2014/15, two teammates have made 100+ successful passes in a Super Lig game: Atiba 116 & Oğuzhan 105.

Stadium: Vodafone Arena

Official: Serkan Çınar

Beşiktaş XI: Fabricio Ramirez; Gökhan Gönül – Marcelo Guedes – Luiz Rhodolfo (71′ Andreas Beck) – Dusko Tosic; Atiba Hutchinson – Oğuzhan Özyakup – Tolgay Arslan (53′ Gökhan İnler); Ricardo Quaresma – Cenk Tosun (88′ Kerim Frei)- Vincent Aboubakar

Reserves: Tolga Zengin, Atınç Nukan, Andreas Beck, Gökhan İnler, Olcay Şahan, Kerim Frei, Ömer Şişmanoğlu

Head coach: Şenol Güneş

Gaziantepspor XI: Gökhan Değirmenci; Barış Yardımcı – Mohammed Fatuah – Musa Nizam – Bart van Hintum; Abdülkadir Kayalı – Muhammed Ildiz (71′ Doğanay Kiliç) – Nabil Ghilas; Evans Kangwa (86′ Orkan Çınar) – İlhan Parlak – Frantisek Rajtoral

Reserves: Ertan Ersu, Şenol Can, Doganay Kiliç, Sergey Kislyak, Davy Angan, Orkan Çınar, Daniël Kolár

Head coach: İbrahim Üzülmez

Goals: Vincent Aboubakar (41′)

Yellow cards: Evans Kangwa (83′)

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