Eagles regain league lead with win over spirited Sivas

Besiktas needed the win to keep ahead of Fenerbahce in the standings, 29 points to its 27. Sivasspor would have liked three points to help dig itself out of the gutter as it is now in a dangerous 16th place.

More missed chances

“Our opponent had good players and we knew that. We had a lot of opportunities and we managed to score two of them,” Besiktas coach Senol Gunes said after the match. “We found chances especially with [Ricardo] Quaresma on the wings,” he added.

“Besiktas started out pressuring this evening, especially with the wind at the beginning of the match. But we had clear opportunities,” he said. “We think the harsh penalty decision spoiled the match,” he added, noting Sivas could have had one of its own.

Indeed, Sivas did not just lay down and take it. Aatif Chahechouhe had two dangerous shots blocked by Tolga Zengin at the near post. An effective short passing game led Sivasspor to the top of the box, where Burhan Eser missed the target. In reply to a denied point-blank Gomez header, Sivas bolted to the goal and fed the ball to Nigerian Michael Eneramo, who aimed just wide.

The pace picked up in the second half. Chahechouhe got the ball on a counterattack and broke away from Rhodolfo. He was tackled in the box. The Moroccan later stole the ball from defender Atiba Hutchinson and broke free of four defenders, but Tolga blocked his attempt.

“Even if we upped our pressure in the second half, we gave away dangerous chances as well. Later, in the final minutes came the second goal,” Okan said. “In general, I am happy with my players. Without the referee’s decision it could have been a very different match,” he added.

In one of its more deadly attempts, Besiktas tapped the ball away from the Sivasspor defense to give the Black Eagles a four on two advantage, but Mario gave it to Setkus. Later, Oguzhan passed it from the top on the box to Cenk, who meet it with his back to the goal front and center. He tapped it back to Oguzhan, who rolled it into the corner to make it 2-0.

Fanless and coachless

Trabzonspor had not won in three matches, and it looked like its match against Genclerbirligi would end with another draw. Both teams had chances across the board.

The match was played at Huseyin Avni Aker in front of no fans, as the club is serving a sentence of two matches behind closed doors. Until Sunday, the club had won just one match since September and the string of poor results had also led to the dismissal of coach Shota Arveladze.

The Black Sea Storm thus had no coach for its match against the Ankara team, but the team managed to weather attacks from Guy-Michel Landel, Bogdan Stancu and Nemanja Tomic, while launching its own through Özer Hurmacı and Stephane Mbia.

In the end, Alper Uludag launched a ball to Özer in the box. Crowded out by defenders, he touched it back to Ekici who bounced it into the back corner from the top of the box in the 90+2, finally giving the fanless and coachless Storm something to be happy about.

In other Sunday fixtures, Osmanlıspor lost to Caykur Rizespor 1-0 at home and Torku Konyaspor edged visiting Eskisehirspor 3-2.

SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN

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