RACHEL – Canaries keep up KadIky win tradition over eternal rival Lions

Canaries keep up KadIky win tradition over eternal rival LionsCoach Hamza HamzaoIlu badly wanted to be the coach to finally break Galatasaray’s tradition of losing in KadIky, and the dream lasted until the final 20 minutes, when the Lions finally succumbed to Fenerbahe’s offensive game to lose 1-0. The result means the Yellow Canaries have not lost to eternal rival Galatasaray in KadIky in 16 years.

More accurately, the Lions have not won at the venue since winning 2-1 in the league on Dec. 22, 1999.

But personal dreams are not the only things that have been shattered for the Lions. In defeating Galatasaray, Fenerbahe has gone a long way toward closing the Spor Toto Super League leadership gap separating the Canaries and their rivals from across the Bosporus.

Galatasaray is still on top with 51 points, but the Yellow Canaries are now close behind with 50. “After this we have 11 matches left.

This race will go until the end of the season,” HamzaoIlu said. “With this victory we have taken a huge step.

We earned an important three points,” Fenerbahe coach Ismail Kartal said. “We were the side that played real football,” he added.

Maintaining tradition Fenerbahe played conservatively at the beginning despite the home-field aantage. Moussa Sow made a few runs up the left and Dirk Kuyt took a long shot, but nothing too dangerous for the first 20-odd minutes.

Even so, Galatasaray was lucky to survive the half and the first minutes of the second — unscathed besides defender Hakan Balta’s injury in the first half — especially after winger Olcan AdIn ran down Nigeria forward Emmanuel Emenike at the top of the box. He received a yellow, but not a penalty.

Captain and playmaker Emre BelzoIlu hit the bar with the free kick. The luck was not to last forever Iukru SaracoIlu Stadium has a curse to maintain against the Lions.

Fenerbahe replied mercilessly to one of Galatasaray’s failed attacks. Netherlands midfielder Dirk Kuyt finally got the goal he had been looking for as he slipped a ball into the corner past a diving Muslera Galatasaray’s next attack was a Yasin ztekin shot Fenerbahe keeper Volkan Demirel tipped out of harm’s way.

Burak hoovered the resulting corner “There were shots from both sides. Fenerbahe is the team that took aantage of theirs,” HamzaoIlu said.

“We started out well we answered pressure with more pressure. We could not capitalize on our chances,” he added.

Rivalry and tension Excitement started early, when it still looked like Galatasaray might find a goal. Seluk Inan nearly scored in the fourth minute off a deflection from Volkan.

Midfielder Diego Ribas was caught diving in the box minutes later Burak stepped in front of Portugal defender Bruno Alves in the 10th minute to go one-on-one with Volkan and popped it over the keeper, but unfortunately he also popped it over the net. The first argument between the rivals broke out when Alex Telles tackled Fenerbahe defender Gkhan Gnul from behind outside the box in the 30th.

Gkhan earlier dropped a ball into the box from the goal line, which Kuyt hit for the first serious offensive play. Galatasaray’s Uruguay keeper Fernando Muslera blocked it, but Fenerbahe got into an attacking groove and began to dominate possession.

Emre hit another uncomfortably close long shot moments later Meanwhile, the Lions completely forgot what organized defense looked like. Fenerbahe was clearly the dominating force for the rest of the match.

And Kartal reveled in it. “Football fans saw which team did what.

In the first half of the first match at Turk Telekom Arena we were down one player, but we lost despite playing well. Tonight we were better than our opponent in every way,” he said.

He can gloat, but he had best not get too comfortable. Fenerbahe is still only in third with one more derby to go, after all.

Also on Sunday, BeIiktaI beat Sivasspor 1-0 on the road to close in on Galatasaray. Both teams have 51 points each, but Galatasaray leads by virtue of a better goal difference.

The match between Istanbul BasakIehir and Konyaspor as well as the match between Karabukspor and Gaziantepspor ended exactly the way they began: 0-0. (Photo: Cihan.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman