STSL: Osmanlıspor: 0 Beşiktaş: 2

Updated: January 16, 2017

Beşiktaş have started 2017 on a positive note with a solid 2-0 away victory against Osmanlıspor in difficult weather conditions.

Osmanlıspor were without 3 of their regulars and that was noticeable from the kick-off as the Black Eagles took the game to their opponents and dominated possession in the opening minutes.

Koray Altinay was forced to take an early yellow card after just six minutes when he took down Anderson Talisca with a rash tackle to prevent a dangerous counter opportunity but the tone of the match was set early on.

Anderson Talisca continuies to prove himself to be a key player for the Black Eagles, scoring the all important opening goal tonight

The Black Eagles sent some early warnings to the hosts with some dangerous probing and 14 minutes in even scored a goal on a free-kick, but Marcelo was wrongfully adjudged offside, the goal should have stood but the linesman flag went up regardless.

Beşiktaş did not allow the disallowed goal to offset them however and capitalized on their early dominance with a brilliant Anderson Talisca strike 20 minutes in, the young Brazilian left Karcemarskas with no chance with a perfectly placed left footed strike: a deserved 0-1 lead early on.

After the goal Beşiktaş remained in control while Osmanlıspor didn’t get further than a few corners that weren’t really dangerous, apart from an easy save on a Mehmet Güven freekick Fabri had nearly nothing to do.

With the Eagles not finding a second before halftime the first half ended in a logical but deserved 1-0 lead for the visitors.

While Beşiktaş are still browing the transfer market to acquire another striker, Cenk Tosun can’t stop scoring as he now has 11 goals in 17 Süper Lig games and is currently the league’s top scorer

Osmanlıspor looked to have a little more poison in them at the start of the second half and immediately created some danger but again failed to put Fabri to the test. Beşiktaş in turn had some dangerous looking attacks themselves, with an Oguzhan cross narrowly missed by Quaresma just past the hour mark.

The second half was more a half of some unfortunate injuries with both new transfer Ryan Babel and Gökhan Gönül needing to come off, hopefully their injuries won’t prove to be anything serious.

The biggest chances of the second half came within a timespan of 20 seconds at the 80 minute mark, Zydrunas Karcemarskas was put to the test first by Anderson Talisca, then Tolgay Arslan and finally Kerim Frei but he kept his side in the match.

Fabri was forced to an excellent save himself in the 88th minute after Adrien Regattin tried his luck from long range, his shot was going towards the crossing but the Spanish goalkeeper tipped it over the bar.

One minute later Tolgay was brought down in the Osmanli penalty area and should have had a spotkick, but the referee waved play on. Only delaying the inevitable as following some good pressing from Atiba Hutchinson, Cenk Tosun scored his 11th goal of the season and put the win in the bag for the Black Eagles: 0-2 at fulltime, a solid win on a very difficult pitch. Beşiktaş remain just one point behind leaders Başakşehir and two ahead of Galatasaray while Fenerbahçe are the only team in the top four to drop points at the start of 2017.

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Interesting facts

  • Osmanlıspor had only lost once in their last 17 home games since their defeat against Beşiktaş last season.
  • Atiba Hutchinson has given two assists in his last two league matches, as many as he did in the entire 2015/16 campaign.
  • Cenk Tosun has now scored 11 goals in 17 matches, 3 more than he did in the entire 2015/16 Süper Lig campaign.
  • Anderson Talisca now has 7 goals and 1 assist in 11 official appearances for Beşiktaş.
  • Beşiktaş finish the first half of the season with 38 points, 3 less than last season. They’ve scored 30 goals in those first 17 matches, 7 less than they did at this stage last season.

Stadium: Ankara Osmanlı stadium

Official: Ali Palabıyık

Osmanlıspor XI: Zydrunas Karcemarskas; Avdija Vrsajevic – Vaclac Prochazka – Numan Çürüksu – Muhammed Bayır (53′ Aykut Demir); Koray Altınay (64′ Raheem Lawal) – Adam Maher (75′ Dzon Delarge) – Mehmet Güven; Adrien Regattin – Aminu Umar – Pierre Webó

Reserves: Hakan Arıkan, Lukasz Szukala, Aykut Demir, Raheem Lawal, Erdal Kılıçaslan, Raul Rusescu, Dzon Delarge

Head coach: Mustafa Reşit Akçay

Beşiktaş XI: Fabricio Ramirez; Gökhan Gönul (63′ Andreas Beck) – Marcelo Guedes – Dusko Tosic – Adriano Correia; Atiba Hutchinson – Gökhan İnler – Oğuzhan Özyakup; Ricardo Quaresma (70′ Tolgay Arslan) – Cenk Tosun – Ryan Babel (79′ Kerim Frei)

Reserves: Tolga Zengin, Matej Mitrovic, Tolgay Arslan, Kerim Frei, Ömer Şişmanoğlu, Gökhan Gönül, Necip Uysal

Head coach: Şenol Güneş

Goals: Anderson Talisca (20′), Cenk Tosun (90+3′)

Yellow cards: Koray Altınay (8′), Ricardo Quaresma (42′), Marcelo Guedes (46′), Numan Çürüksu (55′),

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