STSL: Antalyaspor: 0 Beşiktaş: 0

Updated: March 19, 2017

Beşiktaş have passed up the opportunity to move an additional two points clear at the top following a scoreless draw at the Antalya stadyumu.

Earlier today closest rivals Istanbul Başakşehir had played to a thrilling 3-3 draw against Karabükspor at their own Başakşehir stadium, giving Beşiktaş the chance to once again move 4 points clear at the top. Numbers 3 and 4, Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe, had both lost their matches earlier on the weekend. Galatasaray losing 2-0 to 5th placed Trabzonspor, while Fenerbahçe lost in their own stadium to Konyaspor, 2-3. With just 9 games remaining Galatasaray are 9 and Fenerbahçe are 11 points behind leaders Beşiktaş.

The match started well enough for the Black Eagles, who didn’t allow the hosts to create any danger for the vast majority of the first half. But they themselves didn’t get further than a few shots from outside the box and some corners. Ferhat Kaplan kept out both Ryan Babel and Ricardo Quaresma from the edge of the area, w hile the set-pieces didn’t bring that much danger.

Antalyaspor on the other end wasn’t very dangerous either and Riza Çalımbay took action at halftime, bringing on Moestafa El Kabir for Danilo Campos. El Kabir immediately brought more danger with his pace, although he was caught offside on multiple occassions.

Beşiktaş seemed to feel the consequences of their grueling Thursday match against Olympiakos, in which they played with 10 men for nearly an hour, as they looked more and more fatigued as the second half carried on. And it didn’t help when Vincent Aboubakar saw his second yellow card in four minutes after 64 minutes, leaving the Black Eagles with 10 men yet again. And again it was Aboubakar, leaving his team down with by taking a ridiculous red card, although it has to be said that referee Mete Kalkavan was all to eager to pull his card on this occassion, nevertheless Aboubakar should have learned from Thursday but didn’t and for the third time in thirty matches has let down his teammates.

The fact that Aboubakar started to begin with was a major surprise to most people, add to that that he played a pretty poor first half, it was odd to see him stay on while both Anderson Talisca and Ricardo Quaresma were taken off around the hour mark.

Antalyaspor had already been growing in the second half and continued to pile on the pressure after the Black Eagles went down to 10 men. But the hosts couldn’t really create a lot of chances although Fabri was forced to make a briliant save following a corner kick. The Spanish goalkeeper had to make one or two more saves throughout the game but given that the Black Eagles were already plentyful fatigued and on top of that had to play with 10 men for another 30 minutes, Antalyaspor really didn’t bring enough to the table to earn 3 points. A penalty appeal after a Dusko Tosic handball is the only thing the hosts can cling too that they perhaps should’ve gotten more, but all in all they can’t complain with the very onesided officiating of referee Mete Kalkavan tonight.

Interesting facts:

  • Vincent Aboubakar has seen 3 red cards in 30 appearances for Beşiktaş (vs. Dynamo Kyiv, vs. Olympiakos, vs. Antalyaspor)
  • Beşiktaş have failed to score a single goal for only the fourth time this season (44 official games)

Stadium: Antalya stadyumu

Official: Mete Kalkavan

Antalyaspor XI: Ferhat Kaplan; Sakıb Aytaç – Salih Dursun – Chico – Ondrej Celustka; Zeki Yıldırım – Charles – Deniz Kadah; Danilo Campos (46′ Moestafa El Kabir) – Samuel Eto’o (90+4′ Serdar Özkan) – M’Billa Etame

Reserves: Saso Fornezzi, Yusuf Çelik, Serdar Özkan, Jean Makoun, Yekta Kurtuluş, Sandro, Moestafa El Kabir

Head coach: Riza Çalımbay

Beşiktaş XI: Fabricio Ramirez; Gökhan Gönul – Marcelo Guedes – Dusko Tosic – Adriano Correia (71′ Matej Mitrovic); Atiba Hutchinson – Oğuzhan Özyakup – Anderson Talisca (60′ Necip Uysal); Ricardo Quaresma (58′ Cenk Tosun) – Vincent Aboubakar – Ryan Babel

Reserves: Tolga Zengin, Matej Mitrovic, Andreas Beck, Necip Uysal, Gökhan İnler, Tolgay Arslan, Cenk Tosun

Head coach: Şenol Güneş

Goals: n/a

Yellow cards: Anderson Talisca (35′), Vincent Aboubakar (60′, 64′),

Red card: Vincent Aboubakar (64′)

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