STSL: Alanyaspor: 1 Beşiktaş: 4

Updated: January 23, 2017

Following Istanbul Başakşehir’s first defeat of the season yesterday on the road against Fenerbahçe (1-0), Beşiktaş found themselves in the position to take the lead in the standings for the first time since matchday one.

Quaresma’s excellent cross was met by perhaps an even better header by Cenk Tosun, who scored his 12th league goal of the season.

The Black Eagles wasted no timed to force their will on hosts Alanyaspor as they opened the scoring after just 13 minutes, Ricardo Quaresma curled in an excellent cross from the right wing which was met by a thunderous Cenk Tosun header, leaving goalkeeper Zlamal with no chance: 0-1 after 13 minutes.

Following the goal Beşiktaş took their foot off the gasspeddle a bit and patiently built toward their second goal, but it was Alanyaspor who nearly snatched an equalizer following a rare passing error from Atiba Hutchinson; Vagner Love went around goalkeeper Fabri but Dusko Tosic cleared the Brazilian’s shot in the 26th minute.

Just past the half-hour mark Beşiktaş nearly doubled the scores after another excellent Quaresma cross from the right, Ryan Babel converted and seemingly put the Eagles up two nothing but the linesman wrongfully disallowed the goal for offside. The replay would show it was indeed a wrong decision by the linesman and Beşiktaş have now seen a legitimate goal disallowed for offside in two consecutive games.

The linesman’s mistake only postponed the inevitable however as 7 minutes later that same Ryan Babel found himself through on goal, he lured goalkeeper Zlamal out and while feinting to the right lobbed the ball graciously over the line: 0-2 after 40 minutes.

Beşiktaş went in to halftime with a comfortable and deserved 2-0 lead.

Immediately at the start of the second half Beşiktaş turned up the pressure once again which led to a penalty in 46th minute following a blatant handball in the box on a Ricardo Quaresma corner. The Portuguese wizard stept up in absence of Cenk Tosun (who was subbed off after his goal due to an injury) and seemingly iced the game: 0-3 after just 47 minutes.

After the third goal Beşiktaş seemed to have their opponents on the ropes but in the 53rd minute Guerrier was sent through and found himself one-on-one with goalkeeper Fabri, who made an excellent save, but nevertheless the referee awarded a controversial penalty. The replay again would show that the official made a terrible call as Fabri made a clean save and was in fact being punished for doing his job. Adding insult to injury the Spanish goalie even got a yellow card. Vagner Love took the referee’s gift with open arms and converted calmly from the spot: 1-3 after 54 minutes.

With two assists and a goal Ricardo Quaresma put his mark on the match. Despite scoring 3 goals in the Champions League and one in the cup, this was only his first goal in the league.

Following the goal of hope Alanyaspor had a good 10 minute span in which they created several possibilities, but their aim was off. Donald Guerrier found himself very lucky not to be sent off after a reckless challenge on Gökhan Gönül – which resulted in injury no less – went unpunished after already being on a yellow card. Alanyaspor’s coach took Guerrier off as a precaution, but in truth he should have been headed for an early showever already at that point.

Beşiktaş did however reinstate their dominance of the match in 73rd minute, again Ricardo Quaresma – this time from a corner – provided the assist, with Marcelo Guedes scoring another header: 1-4 after 73 minutes.

In the final 15 minutes of the game the biggest opportunity came for Dusko Tosic, who hit the post, but there were no furhter goals. Beşiktaş win in convincing fashion, without ever having to play at their best level, despite several referee blunders in the home side’s favour.

With this win Beşiktaş are now two points clear at the top of the table, taking first place for the first time since matchday one.

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Interesting facts:

Stadium: Bahçeşehir Okulları Arena

Official: Alper Ulusoy

Alanyaspor XI: Zdenek Zlamal; Cenk Ahmet Alkılıç – Birol Parlak – Carlos Garcia – Berkan Emir; Ismail Aissati – Guy Landel – Emre Akbaba (78′ Glynor Plet); Wilde-Donald Guerrier (64′ Emre Nefiz) – Vagner Love – Efecan Karaca

Reserves: Haydar Yılmaz, Nuru Suley, Mamadolu Fofana, Giorgos Tzavellas, Taha Yalçıner, Emre Nefiz, Glynor Plet

Head coach: Mustafa Camunak

Beşiktaş XI: Fabricio Ramirez; Gökhan Gönül (77′ Andreas Beck) – Dusko Tosic – Marcelo Guedes – Adriano Correia; Atiba Hutchinson – Oğuzhan Özyakup (67′ Matej Mitrovic) – Anderson Talisca; Ricardo Quaresma – Cenk Tosun (36′ Tolgay Arslan) – Ryan Babel

Reserves: Tolga Zengin, Matej Mitrovic, Andreas Beck, Gökhan İnler, Necip Uysal, Tolgay Arslan, Ömer Şişmanoğlu

Head coach: Şenol Güneş

Goals: Cenk Tosun (13′), Ryan Babel (40′), Ricardo Quaresma (47′ pen), Vagner Love (54′ pen), Marcelo Guedes (73′)

Yellow cards: Cenk Tosun (17′), Fabricio Ramirez (53′), Wilde-Donald Guerrier (56′), Ricardo Quaresma (56′), Ryan Babell (83′)

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