STSL: Beşiktaş: 3 Akhisar: 1

Updated: February 20, 2017

Beşiktaş fully capitalized on the loss of points of their three closest rivals this weekend by beating Akhisar at Vodafone Arena 3-1.

Akhisar Belediyespor were the last team to beat Beşiktaş in the league at their home ground (although that match was played at the Başakşehir stadium) back on the 29th of November in 2015. Beşiktaş took the bull by the horns straight away and it didn’t take long before they found themselves in front, Ricardo Quaresma swung in one of his trademark crosses from the right and Cenk Tosun met it with his head at the near post to put the Black Eagles 1-0 up after 13 minutes.

Fifteen minutes later the Eagles had already doubled their lead through Anderson Talisca, who’s long range effort surprised goalkeeper Bora Körk and saw the Eagles soaring: 2-0 after 27 minutes.

Just two minutes later Ricardo Quaresma swung in another one of his typical crosses from the right, this time finding Ryan Babel at the far post but the Dutchman’s volley was saved by keeper Bora.

Six minututes later a rare passing error by Oğuzhan allowed Olcan Adın to send Özer Hurmacı through on goal, but a well timed rush by Fabri forced Özer’s shot wide. A great opportunity missed by the visitors to get back in to the match.

After 40 minutes Ricardo Quaresma, this time from the left, found Ryan Babel again in the box, but the Dutchman headed the chance wide. And again five minutes later, this time Talisca turned provider, Babel was set up with another excellent chance but again he was denied by Bora.

The score at halftime remained 2-0 although it could have easily been 5-1.

Beşiktaş seemed confidnet in their victory and allowed themselves to take their foot of the gas pedal in the second half, but still found themselves with several chances to expand their lead. Following a dobule save from keeper Bora, first denying Gökhan Inler then Ricardo Quaresma, Atınç Nukan scored his first ever goal in the Süper Lig for the Black Eagles by putting the rebound past the Akhisar goalie: 3-0 after 69 minutes.

When Ricardo Quaresma picked up a knock to his knee in the 80th minute, Beşiktaş had just used up their final substituation and had to virtually continue the game with 10 men, although Quaresma took his place on the pitch again after some treatment. This allowed Olcan to pull one back for the visitors in the 81st minute, but it wasn’t enough to mount much of a final offensive by Akhisar. Beşiktaş were dominant for the better part of an hour, but scored far from as many as they possibly could have. Akhisar themselves had three good opportunities, including their goal, so they aswell deserved to get on the scoresheet. In the end the 3-1 result was a just victory for Eagles and they can look toward Thursday’s Europa League match with Hapoel Be’er Shéva. But will likely rest several players ahead of next weekend’s derby match against Galatasaray.

Ricardo Quaresma was left with some minor bleeding and edema on his knee and will almost certainly miss the match against Be’er Shéva, but will likely be fit to play against Galatasaray. Although we can’t say that with certainty for another day or two.

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Interesting facts:

  • Cenk Tosun has been involved in 19 league goals in 21 games this season (16G 3A); 2 more than the previous two seasons (47 games).
  • Anderson Talisca has scored three goals from outside the box and two of them were against Akhisar Belediyespor.
  • Ricardo Quaresma has assisted Cenk Tosun’s last five headed goals in Super Lig.
  • Ricardo Quaresma has been involved in five goals in his last three Super Lig games (one goal, four assists).

Stadium: Vodafone Arena

Official: Barış Şimşek

Beşiktaş XI: Fabricio Ramirez; Gökhan Gönul (80′ Andreas Beck) – Marcelo Guedes – Atınç Nukan – Adriano Correia; Atiba Hutchinson (72′ Vincent Aboubakar) – Oğuzhan Özyakup – Anderson Talisca (64′ Gökhan İnler); Ricardo Quaresma – Cenk Tosun – Ryan Babel

Reserves: Tolga Zengin, Luiz Rhodolfo, Andreas Beck, Gökhan İnler, Necip Uysal, Tolgay Arslan, Vincent Aboubakar

Head coach: Şenol Güneş

Akhisar Belediyespor XI: Bora Körk; Miguel Lopes – Mustafa Yumlu – Caner Osmanpaşa – Miral Samardzic; Aykut Çeviker (79′ Onur Ayık) – Abdoul Sissoko – Özer Hurmacı (64′ Soner Aydoğdu) – Olcan Adın – Ömer Bayram; Sokol Cikalleshi (75′ Ricardo Vaz Té)

Reserves: Milan Lukac, Orhan Taşdelen, Enoch Kofi Adu, Soner Aydoğdu, Muğdat Çelik, Onur Ayık, Ricardo Vaz Té

Head coach: Tolunay Kafkas

Goals: Cenk Tosun (13′), Anderson Talisca (27′), Atınç Nukan (69′), Olcan Adın (81′)

Yellow cards: Adriano Correia (90′)

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