ESRA – BeIiktaI takes on 2nd division Adana in Turkish Cup at ‘home’

BeIiktaI takes on 2nd division Adana in Turkish Cup at ‘home’BeIiktaI hopes to make up for a loss last week in the Ziraat Turkish Cup and wants no surprises in game three of the group stage against Adana Demirspor on Wednesday amid injuries and home stadium troubles.Slaven Bilicandrsquos BeIiktaI, aka the Black Eagles, trails leader aykur Rizespor in Group F after losing to the Black Sea club 1-0 in Istanbul last Thursday.

However, key BeIiktaI players are recovering from their injuries. Senegalese star Demba Ba returned to action earlier than expected in the weekendandrsquos Akhisar Belediye match in the Spor Toto Super League, appearing in the last 10 minutes of the game.

With another regular striker Mustafa Pektemek in the process of recovery, Bilic fielded Furkan Yaman from the youth team in the Turkish Cup match against Rizespor and Cenk Tosun reclaimed his spot in the starting lineup in the Akhisar match following his brief absence due to an injury. Cenk, as the player is commonly known, is expected to be on the pitch against Adana Demirspor while Bilic will probably opt to keep Ba on the sidelines to get him up and about in more challenging Super League clashes.

Austrian-born midfielder Veli Kavlak is reported to be in good condition after he sustained a minor injury last weekend. Ramon Motta and Tomas Sivok are also recovering but it is not yet clear whether they will make it to the Adana match on Thursday.

The question of its home stadium is once again on the agenda of BeIiktaI ahead of the Adana Demirspor match. Last week, the club did not find a venue for the Rizespor Turkish Cup match until the last minute and BeIiktaI was bound to play at Ataturk Olympic Stadium BeIiktaI originally planned to take on Rizespor at Yusuf Ziya niI Stadium in SarIyer, a coastal district of Istanbul, but the stadium is not well-equipped enough to host a match in the evening and the broadcaster of the game did not allow a change in its program, which dragged BeIiktaI back to the Olympic StadiumBeIiktaI spokesperson Metin Albayrak said after the Akhisar match over the weekend that the Eagles will head to SarIyer for the Adana match.

However, the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) has announced the Olympic Stadium as the venue of the game on its website. Bilicandrsquos men have not clinched a victory in domestic competitions at the Olympic Stadium this season.

BeIiktaI has encountered Adana Demirspor many times in the history of both sides but there is one match that stands out among others. On Oct.

15, 1989, BeIiktaI trashed Adana 10-0 in a top division match in Istanbul. That season brought a league title for BeIiktaI and relegation for AdanaIn another important matchup of the day, second division side Samsunspor hosts Bursaspor, which was devastated by a piece of news arriving from the European footballandrsquos governing body, UEFA, on Monday.

The organization said Bursaspor will be banned from continental tournaments in one of the four upcoming competitions they had earned a berth forThe club is sanctioned due to its failure to adopt UEFA financial regulations. The latest development upset the one-time Super League champs and reduced the Turkish Cup to a matter of pride and prestige.

Other matches of the day: Sivasspor vs. Gaziantep BIB Istanbul BaIakIehir vs.

Sivas 4 Eylul Bld. Kayserispor vs.

Bayburt Il zel Idare FBM Makina Balova YaIamspor vs. EskiIehirspor and Torku Konyaspor vs.

Cizre SporGaziantep ends 4-game winless streak in RizeWeek 14 of the Spor Toto Super League concluded on Monday evening with Gaziantepspor beating aykur Rizespor 1-0 away at YeniIehir Stadium The only goal of the game came from striker Mustafa Durak in the 36th minute, when the 26-year-old Strasbourg-born forward redirected a header pass by Turkey midfielder Muhammet Demir into the back of the net. The victory put an abrupt end to Antepandrsquos four-game winless streak and moved Okan Burukandrsquos team further away from the danger zone into safer territory.

andldquoThe worst may very well be over for good,andrdquo said Antep coach Buruk, himself a former Galatasaray and Turkey attacking midfielder But the same cannot be said of Hikmet Karaman and his embattled Rizespor, which remained stuck in the penultimate position in the 18-team league standings, staring unbelievably at the relegation abyss. Istanbul Todayandrsquos Zama.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman