Turkcell Super League – Week 10 – The Fenerbahce-Galatasaray derby
Considered one of the great derbies in the world, the Fenerbahçe vs. Galatasaray derby had its 361st meeting between the two top clubs in the history of Turkish football. The match would have great implications for both teams. Fenerbahçe looked to consolidate its position at the top of the table. Galatasaray looked to leapfrog Fenerbahçe for the top of the table in the Turkcell Super League. The match took place at Fenerbahçe’s Sukru Saracoglu stadium, where Galatasaray has not won in nine years.
The fireworks would begin during the warm-ups. Cristian Baroni gave Arda Turan a push as the Galatasaray players would go to salute their fans. Turan would go to argue with Baroni and looked to start a fight, perhaps to get in Baroni’s head. The potential fight would be broken up. One of the linesmen would get hit in the head with a water bottle, and he had to get stitches in the back of his head. The start of the match would be delayed a few minutes because of the treatment given to the linesman.
The first half started the fireworks between the two clubs. Galatasaray’s defense looked bad as Fenerbahçe established their rhythm. With only one minute gone, Milan Baros and Emre Belozoglu collided, and Milan Baros had to be carted off the field. Baros would not return to the match and Shabani Nonda would come into the match in the fifth minute, earlier than would be expected perhaps. In the 6th minute, Fenerbahçe almost had their first goal, but Gockek Vederson passed the ball after it had crossed the goal line. In the 12th minute, Gokcek Vederson would provide a cross from the left wing. Roberto Carlos let the ball go to Alex de Souza, and the Fenerbahçe captain put the ball in the back of the net to give Fenerbahçe the lead, 1-0. In the 21st minute, Galatasaray had a chance at Fenerbahçe’s goal with a cross from Sabri Sarioglu into the box. However, Nonda and Ayhan Akman could not get any feet or their heads to the ball. At the 25th minute, as he was taking a corner kick, Abdul Kader Keita had the back of his head struck by a water bottle. He was holding his eye during the time he was down. When he got up, he took the water bottle, the match ball, and jogged over to the sideline, handing the thrown bottle to a reporter and saying a few words. He would get a yellow card for that. In the 44th minute, Colin Kazim-Richards blocked a clearance attempt by Galatasaray goalkeeper Leo Franco, and Alex’s attempt on goal was saved by Franco. On the ensuing corner kick, Diego Lugano’s header came close to doubling Fenerbahçe’s lead, but the ball went off the crossbar. The first half would end with Fenerbahçe up 1-0.
The second half consisted of more fireworks. Fenerbahçe had another chance in the 49th minute. Mehmet Topuz got theball away from Servet Cetin and passed to Colin Kazim-Richards, but his shot was too powerful. Kazim-Richards started at forward during this match, but he was totally ineffective. In the 53rd minute, Alex had a shot at goal, but Galatasaray goalkeeper Leo Franco tripped him up with his right arm as he tried to go for the ball, and referee Bunyamin Gezer pointed to the spot for the penalty. Leo Franco got a yellow card for this foul. Alex converted the penalty and doubled Fenerbahçe’s lead to 2-0. Galatasaray would pull one goal back off a corner in the 56th minute, as Hakan Balta scored off an error by Fenerbahçe goalkeeper Volkan Demirel to cut Fenerbahçe’s lead to 2-1. Gokcek Vederson attempted a long range shot in the 59th minute, but it was saved by Franco. In the 61st minute, Shabani Nonda looked to attack. He tried to get past Diego Lugano, but Lugano didn’t touch Nonda, and Nonda would get a yellow for simulation. In the 74th minute, Roberto Carlos and Abdul Kader Keita were fighting for the ball. Carlos wrapped his arms around Keita, taking him down. As both were going down, Keita proceeded to give Carlos a right hook punch to Carlos’ head. Referee Gezer produced a straight red to Keita, sending him off, and Roberto Carlos would be given a yellow card. With Galatasaray down to 10 men, the play opened up and Fenerbahçe looked to pad their lead. Dani Guiza came in for Kazim-Richards, and nearly did with a header at the 79th minute, but his header went just wide of the goal. A controversial offside call was made in the 81st minute, as Dani Guiza looked to be onside when theball was played. Guiza had a clear shot at goal, but the linesman (the linesman would got stitches before the match began) called offside. The final goal would be scored two minutes into stoppage time, as Dani Guiza scored his fourth goal of the season to put the match beyond doubt. The final score ended up Fenerbahçe 3 – 1 Galatasaray. Galatasaray has not won at the Fenerbahçe’s Sukru Saracoglu stadium this decade (or this millennium for that matter).
This derby certainly lived up to the hype this time around. What ruined the experience was the amount of water bottles thrown onto the field. Also, there was a laser pointer that was shone on Leo Franco’s face during the match, which I felt was taking away from the match. It wouldn’t surprise me if Fenerbahçe gets a home game behind closed doors as punishment for the fans behavior.
Other results from the Turkcell Super League this weekend are as follows: Trabzonspor 2 – 1 Kayserispor, Bursaspor 6 – 0 Istanbul BB, Eskişehirspor 0 – 1 Beşiktaş, Kasımpaşa 3 – 1 Denizlispor, Manisaspor 1 – 2 Antalyaspor, Diyarbakirspor 1 – 0 Gençlerbirliği, Sivasspor 3 – 0 Gaziantepspor. Ankaragücü got the bye this week because of the punishment to Ankaraspor.
The top five of the Turkcell Super League is as follows: Fenerbahçe consolidates its league lead with 27 points. In second place, after their six goal show, is Bursaspor with 24 points and a +15 goal differential. Galatasaray is in third place with 24 points, but with a +11 goal differential. Kayserispor is in fourth place with 18 points, with a +7 goal differential. Beşiktaş is in fifth place with 18 points, but with a +4 goal differential.