STSL: Karabükspor: 2 Beşiktaş: 1

Updated: February 10, 2017

A second blow in a week’s time for Şenol Güneş and his men as the Black Eagles lose a crucial game in their quest for their second consecutive title away at Karabükspor.

Beşiktaş started the match as they do most matches: firmly in control of possession and dictating the pace of the game. But following a decent opening quarter the hosts grew more and more in to the match while Beşiktaş were breaking their teeth on the solid defensive organization and tremendous workrate of Karabükspor.

The Black Eagles had only a handful of chances in the first half while Karabükspor had several dangerous attacks of their own, mainly coming over their leftwing with leftback Latovlevici swinging in several Caner-style crosses.

But all in all everything seemed fine at halftime, no real signs of the doom scenario looming around the corner.

Karabükspor started well and immediately took the lead in the second half through substitute Ermin Zec after lackluster defensive work from Oguzhan in midfield: 1-0 after 50 minutes.

Beşiktaş maintained possession and looked for the equalizer but nearly every cross was easily plucked by goalkeeper Ahmet. There was a real lack of creativity, movement, everything. As Vincent Aboubakar was coming on, Karabükspor were awarded a freekick. It probably should not have been one to begin with, as it seemed a clean shoulder to shoulder tackle from Adriano, but the linesman insisted on a freekick despite the referee initially not giving one. On said Latovlevici freekick Yevhen Seleznyov doubled Karabükspor’s lead: 2-1 after 73 minutes.

When Vincent Aboubakar pulled one back in the 87th minute there was still a slight glimmer of hope, but it wasn’t to be. Again, the crosses were easily plucked by the goalkeeper and set-pieces which were won weren’t utilized very well. Ultimately the 2-1 end result is one Beşiktaş can’t complain about, Karabükspor clearly wanted it more and were actually focussed on this game and not one that happened 6 days ago.

With this disappointing result Beşiktaş can lose their first place in the standigns if Başakşehir beat Kasimpaşa.

Stadium: Dr.Necmettin Şeyhoğlu Stadı

Official: Halis Özkahya

Karabükspor XI: Ahmet Şahin; Iasmin Latovlevici – Barış Başdaş – Dany Nounkeu – Valerica Gaman; Cristian Tanase (46′ Ermin Zec) – Ceyhun Gülselam – Olafur Skulason – Yevhen Seleznyov (90′ Paul Papp); Mustapha Yatabare (68′ İlhan Depe)

Reserves: Ercüment Kafkasyalı, Osman Çelik, Paul Papp, İlhan Depe, Serdar Deliktaş, Dejan Lazarevic, Ermin Zec

Head coach: Igor Tudor

Beşiktaş XI: Fabricio Ramirez; Gökhan Gönul – Marcelo Guedes – Dusko Tosic – Adriano Correia; Atiba Hutchinson – Oğuzhan Özyakup (61′ Tolgay Arslan) – Anderson Talisca; Ricardo Quaresma – Cenk Tosun – Ryan Babel (73′ Vincent Aboubakar)

Reserves: Tolga Zengin, Atinç Nukan, Andreas Beck, Gökhan İnler, Tolgay Arslan, Necip Uysal, Vincent Aboubakar

Head coach: Şenol Güneş (Tamer Tuna)

Goals: Ermin Zec (50′), Yevhen Seleznyov (73′), Vincent Aboubakar (87′)

Yellow cards: Adriano Correia (21′), Gökhan Gönül (81′), Ricardo Quaresma (90′)

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Kaan Bayazit

Editor-in-chief at Beşiktaş International
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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