STSL: Bursaspor: 0 Beşiktaş: 2

Updated: May 15, 2017

Beşiktaş have successfully hopped one of their final hurdles in the season by beating Bursaspor 2-0 in a very hostile Bursa Büyükşehir Belediye stadium thanks to goals from Cenk Tosun and Vincent Aboubakar.

Beşiktaş knew heading in to this match it was do or die, winning was the only option for the Black Eagles.

Both teams were under enormous pressure at the start of the match, albeit very different kinds of pressure. Beşiktaş were in the hunt to retake their first place after Başakşehir had successfully seen off Gençlerbirligi on Saturday, temporarely taking them up to first place. Bursaspor on the other side of the medallion have come off an abyssmal run of form as of late and their fans have put immense pressure on the club and players to show a conviction and heart on the pitch. The homeside team’s players got the message and were visibly very motivated to derail Beşiktaş on their tracks to their second consecutive championship. The gamplan of Adnan Örnek was very apparant by only glancing at the starting lineup, a very defensive minded lineup who’s main objective was to shut out the Black Eagles.

Beşiktaş initially had a very difficult time finding their way through, the double even triple marking on the key players such as Quaresma became very frustrating very quickly. But in the 29th minute Beşiktaş found their first openeing, Aboubakar was sent through the middle and Tomas Sivok (ex-Beşiktaş) had to resort to pulling out the handbreak as the last man, which resulted in only a yellow card.

Ricardo Quaresma put Harun Tekin to the test for the first time with a briliant trivela attempt from the edge of the area in the 34th minute, but the 27-year old Turkish international did just as briliantly to deny the Portuguese Wizard a goal of the season candidate.

Cold off the bench Cenk Tosun silences the hostile home crowd after just two minutes, scoring his 18th Süper Lig goal of the season and the all important opening goal after a splendid Aboubakar assist.

The match had to be temporarely paused after fan missconduct by the home fans, who relentlessly kept throwing objects towards the Beşiktaş players.

The best chance of the first half came after the short break and it fell for Vincent Aboubakar, after a splendid headed pass by Marcelo who had stayed up after a corner kick, but Aboubakar’s shot went wide off target.

Bursaspor were forced to make a substitution during halftime and 10 minutes later were again forced to make a substitution, both due to injuries. Beşiktaş in turn were also forced to make a substitution towards the final 15 minutes of the game due to a slight injury to Gökhan Gönül.

In the meantime the hosts had taken a somewhat more daring approach now that Bogdan Stancu had joined the attack in the second half. This led to a few warning shots early on and one huge chance on the hour mark, Kubilay Kanatsızkuş was sent through on goal but Fabri denied the youngster the opener on Bursaspor’s first real opportunity. An excellent save from the Spanish goalkeeper, which only minutes later would see itself paid off at the other end.

Knowing his team had to win tonight Şenol Güneş put on an extra striker just past the hour mark and took off Atiba Hutchinson for Cenk Tosun. This change wouldn’t take long to pay off as Vincent Aboubakar set up Cenk Tosun with a golden opportunity to put the Black Eagles in front, Cenk went around goalkeeper Harun Tekin and put the ball in the back of the net: 0-1 after 65 minutes and Şenol Güneş’ men final got their breakthrough.

Beşiktaş remained in control of most of the match but towards the end still had to allow Bursaspor to pump the ball forward, as they were desperate for a late equalizer. Given the potential trauma of last week’s late conceded equalizer and the way it went about, it was impressive to see Fabri step up and take responsibility on high balls; Beşiktaş iced the game right at the death after an excellent through ball by Tolgay Arslan to Vincent Aboubakar, Aboubakar went around Harun and put the second goal on the scoreboard: 0-2 in the 5th minute of second half stoppage time.

With this crucial win Beşiktaş retake first place and head in to matchday 32 with a slight advantage as they play on Saturday while Başakşehir play on Sunday away at Trabzonspor, giving Beşiktaş the opportunity to put them under pressure with a home victory over Kasimpaşa.

Beşiktaş travel to Gaziantep on the 33rd matchday and finish the season at home against Osmanlispor.

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Interesting facts:

  • Tonight’s game was Şenol Güneş’ 100th official match in charge of Beşiktaş (60W 24D 16L).
  • Tonight’s game was also Ricardo Quaresma’s 100th league appearance for Beşiktaş.
  • Tolgay Arslan has provided 3 assists in his last 3 league starts for Beşiktaş.
  • Beşiktaş haven’t conceded a goal away at Bursa since April 8th 2013.
  • Vincent Abobuakar has contributed to 6 goals in his last 6 league appearances (5 goals, 1 assist).
  • Cenk Tosun has scored his 7th goal in his 9th league game against Bursaspor.

Beşiktaş celebrating their crucial win away at Bursaspor after the match.

Stadium: Vodafone Arena

Official: Bülent Yıldırım

Beşiktaş XI: Fabricio Ramirez; Gökhan Gönul (79′ Andreas Beck) – Marcelo Guedes – Dusko Tosic – Adriano Correia; Atiba Hutchinson (63′ Cenk Tosun) – Oğuzhan Özyakup – Tolgay Arslan; Ricardo Quaresma (90′ Necip Uysal) – Vincent Aboubakar – Ryan Babel

Reserves: Tolga Zengin, Tolgay Arslan, Necip Uysal, Andreas Beck, Atınç Nukan, Gökhan İnler, Caner Erkin

Head coach: Şenol Güneş

Bursaspor XI: Harun Tekin; Erdem Özgenç – Ertuğrul Ersoy – Tomas Sivok – Aziz Behich (55′ Onur Atasayar); Emre Taşdemir (46′ Bogdan Stancu) – Bilal Kısa – Şamil Cinaz – Cristobal Jorquera – Sinan Bakış; Kubilay Kanatsızkuş (82′ Sercan Yıldırım)

Reserves: Mert Günok, İsmail Konuk, Onur Atasayar, Ricardo Faty, Furkan Soyalp, Sercan Yıldırım, Bogdan Stancu

Head coach: Adnan Örnek

Goals: Cenk Tosun (65′), Vincent Aboubakar (90+5′)

Yellow cards: Bilal Kisa (24′), Tomas Sivok (29′), Ricardo Quaresma (45+5′), Ertuğrul Ersoy (50′), Cristobal Jorquera (83′), Ryan Babel (85′), Şamil Cinaz (89′)

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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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