STSL: Beşiktaş: 3 Gençlerbirliği: 0

Updated: April 2, 2017

Beşiktaş have taken full advantage of Istanbul Başakşehir’s slipper in Manisa on Saturday as they defeat Gençlerbirliği in convincing fashion.

The visitors started off the first half with a very clear gameplan, closing down the Black Eagles early and disrupting the flow of the game as much as possible while preying on the counter. It took the Black Eagles 12 minutes before they could scrape together their first attempt at goal, Cenk Tosun did well to control the ball on the edge of the area and forced Johannes Hopf to an excellent save in his lower right corner.

Gençlerbirliği defender Luccas Claro was the first player to get booked after 21 minutes, something which nearly got his coach Ümit Özat to blow a gasket, arguing it was just his first foul of the game. While true, Gençlerbirliği had conducted plenty of bookable offenses prior to Claro’s yellow card and really had nothing to complain about. But this heated moment, in which even Şenol Güneş got involved in an argument with Özat, illustrated perfectly how high the visitor’s intensity was in those opening minutes.

3 minutes later the Black Eagles came close to a goal for the second time as Anderson Talisca’s long range effort went only several inches wide off target with Johannes Hopf at full stretch.

Ryan Babel assisted the first and scored the third goal tonight, he now has 5 goals and 2 assists for the Black Eagles in all competitions.

After 34 minutes the visitors scraped their first real chance together on a quick counter attack, Gökhan Gönül was unable to fully clear the ball and this allowed Uğur Çiftçi to have an attempt at goal: Fabri came rushing otu of goal and did briliantly to keep out the young sideback’s hard shot but in the process of keeping his net clean suffered an injury to his left eye as Uğur’s belter hit the Spaniard’s face.

Fabri stayed down for quite a while receiving treatment and after nearly 4 minutes got back up and continued the match, but the swelling around his eye did not relent and it forced the Black Eagles to make a substitution. Tolga Zengin, who hadn’t played a single minute in the league since matchday 2, replaced the Beşiktaş number one in the 44th minute.

As a result of the extended treatment on Fabri, 6 minutes were added on to the first half. Beşiktaş took full advantage of this additional time and took the lead deep in to added time.

Quaresma had switched to the left wing while Babel had moved to the center and Cenk to the right at this point and it was the Portuguese wizard who layed the foundations for the first goal, he crossed in the ball from the left wing with a trivela, Ryan Babel used his body well and layed off the ball for Oğuzhan and the Beşiktaş captain took full advantage of the chance and beat Johannes Hopf for the first time: 1-0 in the 5th minute of first half stoppage time.

Gençlerbirliği won a free-kick in the final seconds of the first half but Selçuk blasted it over, 1-0 was the score at halftime.

The visitors made an immediate change during that halftime break and brought on a striker with Vedat Muriqi for defender Luccas Claro, shifting to a 4-5-1 formation from their original 5-5-0 formation.

That change nearly led to a quick equaliser as Vedat Muriqi met Abdul Khalili’s 52nd minute corner with his head, but Tolga Zengin kept the cleansheet alive with a tremendous reflex save from close range.

Beşiktaş were warned and knew they had to take control of the match once again, when Anderson Talisca won a freekick on the hourmark the whole stadium held their breath as they knew what the Brazilian is capable of. Talisca stept behind the ball himself and curled in the free-kick leaving Johannes Hopf with no chance: 2-0 after 61 minutes.

The second Beşiktaş goal clearly broke the visitor’s spirit and Beşiktaş had full control of the match hence forth, creating multiple chances to score a third goal. Marcelo headed the first chance wide in the 63rd minute while Ricardo Quaresma missed a sitter in the 70th minute after a sly low cross from Ryan Babel toward the far post. Cenk Tosun was the next Beşiktaş player to be denied, but this time it was Johannes Hopf who spoiled the party in the 74th minute. Six minutes later Marcelo met a Quaresma cross following a corner with his head, but Johannes Hopf saved comfortably.

Again Six minutes later the Swede was beaten for a third time however, Ryan Babel with a neat individual run and a ferociously hard blast (119km/h) from outside the box put the final scoreline on the board: 3-0 after 86 minutes.

Beşiktaş could have perhaps increased their lead even further in the final minutes, but the victory was never in doubt. With these 3 points Beşiktaş now move 5 points clear at the top of the Süper Lig table. Next week Beşiktaş will travel to Trabzon where t hey will take on the in form Trabzonspor in their brand new stadium while rivals Istanbul Başakşehir host Galatasaray, which could be Galatasaray’s last chance at second place. Guaranteed fireworks next week!

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Interesting facts:

  • Beşiktaş have never lost at Vodafone Arena in the Süper Lig (13W 3D).
  • Anderson Talisca has scored the most amount of goals from outside the box this season in the Süper Lig (5).
  • Anderson Talisca has scored 8 goals and provided 3 assists in 16 Süper Lig games, he scored just 3 goals last season for Benfica in 21 league games.
  • Oğuzhan Özyakup has now scored five goals, making him the second highest scoring player at Vodafone Arena in the Turkish Süper Lig after Cenk Tosun (12). Marcelo Guedes and Mario Gómez both have four goals.

Stadium: Vodafone Arena

Official: Serkan Çınar

Beşiktaş XI: Fabricio Ramirez (44′ Tolga Zengin); Gökhan Gönul – Marcelo Guedes – Dusko Tosic – Adriano Correia; Atiba Hutchinson (87′ Necip Uysal) – Oğuzhan Özyakup – Anderson Talisca; Ricardo Quaresma (83′ Tolgay Arslan) – Cenk Tosun – Ryan Babel

Reserves: Tolga Zengin, Matej Mitrovic, Andreas Beck, Gökhan İnler, Necip Uysal, Tolgay Arslan, Demba Ba

Head coach: Şenol Güneş

Gençlerbirliği XI: Johannes Hopf; Ahmet Oğuz – Luccas Claro (46′ Vedat Muriqi) – Sergey Politevich – Anıl Karaer – Uğur Çiftçi (75′ Renato Bady); Jonathan Ring (57′ Etien Velikonja) – Aydın Karabulut – Selçuk Şahin – Abdul Khalili; Serdar Gürler

Reserves: Taha Demirtaş, Orhan Şam, Renato Bady, Kamal Issah, Murat Duruer, Vedat Muriqi, Etien Velikonja

Head coach: Ümit Özat

Goals: Oğuzhan Özyakup (45+5′), Anderson Talisca (61′), Ryan Babel (86′)

Yellow cards: Luccas Claro (21′), Cenk Tosun (27′), Ahmet Oğuz (45′), Ricardo Quaresma (65′)

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