STSL: Beşiktaş: 5 Konyaspor: 1

Updated: January 30, 2017

Playing on Monday Beşiktaş once again closed the matchday and needed a win in order to regain first position in the Süper Lig standings.

Last season’s number 3; Konyaspor, was the opponent. Beşiktaş started the match at an excruciating tempo and before getting on the scoresheet after barely 9 minutes, had alraedy created 3 chances.

Three of Cenk Tosun’s last five goals have come with his head, all assisted by Ricardo Quaresma.

Ryan Babel scored his first goal at Vodafone Arena and his second since joining the club earlier this month, Quaresma sent Talisca through on the right and the Brazilian squared it simply towards the second post where Babel headed it home: 1-0 after 9 minutes.

Beşiktaş doubled their lead in the 26th minute following an excellent counter attack, which was preceeded by a Cenk Tosun foul on Rijad Bajic. Ricardo Quaresma through ont he right, squared it to the middle for the  onrushing Oğuzhan Özyakuip, who beat Serkan in the far corner with a low shot: 2-0 after 26 minutes.

In the 35th minute Cenk Tosun was brought down in the box, preventing him from pouncing on a loose ball, a clear penalty but the referee waved play and later booked Cenk for his protest.

In the final minute of the first half there was another penalty appeal, this time for Konyaspor, Dusko Tosic handled a low cross at the edge of the area but once again the referee did not point to the spot. 2-0 at halftime.

Konyaspor started the second half with the clear intention of scoring an early goal and took control of the match, but after just 5 minutes the Black Eagles struck the killing blow on another well executed counter. Ryan Babel did well to fight his way past Skubicon the left, making good use of his superior pace, and crossed it in to the near post for Cenk Tosun. With no teammates in the area Cenk controlled the ball and struck it with his back to the goal beating Serkan in the far corner, excellent positional awareness by the Süper Lig topscorer: 3-0 after 50 minutes.

Just 6 minutes later the Black Eagles were back once again, a trademark curling cross from Quaresma towards the far post was met splendidly by Cenk Tosun who headed the fourth goal home: 4-0 after 56 minutes.

Dusko Tosic would score a somewhat unfortunate owngoal, misdirecting a cross he attempted to intercept past Fabri: 4-1 after 63 minutes.

Beşiktaş had the game in the bag but added a fifth goal in the final ten minutes after Tolgay Arslan was brough down by Ali Turan before he could get to a loose ball following a Serkan Kırıntılı save; Cenk Tosun stept up for his 3rd of the evening, this time from the penalty spot, and calmly converted: 5-1 after 83 minutes and that was also the score at fulltime.

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Interesting facts:

  • Cenk Tosun has now scored 15 goals in 19 Süper Lig appearances this season, 6 more than the second player int he topscorer standings (Rijad Bajic)
  • With his 15 goals Cenk Tosun has scored as many as Gaziantepspor (15) and more than Akhisar Belediyespor (11).
  • Beşiktaş have conceded four own goals in the last two seasons; Dusko Tosic has scored three of them (G. Gonul scored the other).
  • Ricardo Quaresma has assisted 9 goals so far this Süper Lig season, 4 of which came in the past two games. He has scored 5 goals and provided 12 assists in all competitions. (3g, 3a in Champions League, 1g in Turkish cup)
  • Beşiktaş have been undefeated in their home soil in the last 19 Süper Lig games (W17 D2); the best current home run in Süper Lig.

Stadium: Vodafone Arena

Official: Özgür Yankaya

Beşiktaş XI: Fabricio Ramirez; Gökhan Gönul – Marcelo Guedes – Dusko Tosic – Adriano Correia; Atiba Hutchinson (76′ Gökhan İnler) – Oğuzhan Özyakup – Anderson Talisca (67′ Tolgay Arslan); Ricardo Quaresma – Cenk Tosun – Ryan Babel (89′ Matej Mitrovic)

Reserves: Tolga Zengin, Matej Mitrovic, Andreas Beck, Gökhan İnler, Tolgay Arslan, Necip Uysal, Aras Özbiliz

Head coach: Şenol Güneş

Konyaspor XI: Serkan Kırıntılı; Nejc Skubic – Ali Turan – Jagos Vukovic – Barry Douglas; Volkan Fındıklı – Ali Çamdalı – Ömer Ali Şahiner – Deni Milosevic; Dimitar Rangelov (65′ Maryke Fofana) – Rijad Bajic (76′ Ioan Hora)

Reserves: Kaya Tarakçı, Can Demir Aktav, Amir Hadziahmetovic, Halil İbrahim Sönmez, Marc Kibong Mbamba, Ioan Hora, Moryke Fofana

Head coach: Aykut Kocaman

Goals: Ryan Babel (9′), Oğuzhan Özyakup (26′), Cenk Tosun (50, 56, 83′ pen), Dusko Tosic (63′ O.G.)

Yellow cards: Cenk Tosun (35′), Dusko Tosic (61′)

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