Turkcell Super League – week 16 – Friday and Saturday action.
The Turkcell Super League was thrown into a tizzy last week. After last weekend was all said and done, Kayserispor was the leader of the league based on their goal differential. The Anatolian Lions, as Kayserispor is nicknamed, were tied on points with Beşiktaş and Fenerbahçe. But Kayserispor led the league for the first time in their club’s history. With losses last week, both Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray looked to get back into the win column. Both teams would struggle to get wins, having to come back from deficits.
Galatasaray went down to the vacation city of Antalya to face Antalyaspor in the only match on Friday. Perhaps the Galatasaray players were swimming in the Mediterranean Sea for too long, at least in the first 20 plus minutes. On a free kick from Sedat Agcay in the 7th minute, Galatasaray tried to catch Antalyaspor on an offside trap. However, Orhan Ak, a former Galatasaray player, was not offside when the ball was kicked. His header put Antalyaspor up to a shock 1-0 lead. Antalyaspor would double the lead in the 21st minute, as Mile Jedinak put in a cross from Sedat Agcay to make the score 2-0 to Antalyaspor. Galatasaray would pull one goal back in the 30th minute. Harry Kewell made a run from the left side of the penalty box and shot the ball off the post. The ball would then be headed in the goal by Abdul Kader Keita. The second half saw Galatasaray complete the comeback. In the 64th minute, Arda Turan completed a pass to Kewell and Kewell passed to Elano, who would score to tie the game 2-2. Galatasaray played sloppy defense in this match, but the firepower of the offense more than made up for the defensive lapses.
Fenerbahçe would play behind closed doors once again as Ankaragücü came into the Sukru Saracoglu stadium. Fenerbahçe was looking to end a three game league losing streak, the first such streak since 1992. In the 12th minute, Fabio Bilica passed a through ball intended for Dani Guiza. Guiza would make a run for the ball, but his touch would be saved by Ankaragücü goalkeeper Stefan Senecky. In the 27th minute, Gokhan Gonul made a crossing pass to Dani Guiza. Guiza would fake the shot, letting the ball find Alex de Souza, and Fenerbahçe’s first goal. Ankaragücü would tie the game in the 38th minute. Cihan Haspolatli came in from the right flank and passed to Metin Akan. Akan passed the ball with a back heel flick to Darius Vassel, and the former Manchester City striker tied the match at 1-1. The second half saw the action pick up. In the 49th minute, Fabio Bilica headed the ball behind him and toward Vassel, and Vassel came in on the right flank. Vassel made a crossing pass to Aydin Karabulut and Karabulut put the ball into the net to give Ankaragücü the lead. Roberto Carlos would get a yellow card after the goal for referee dissent, because he thought a foul was committed on Bilica. Alex de Souza was determined not to let Fenerbahçe lose four straight. Ozer Hurmaci passed a through ball to Alex de Souza and the Fenerbahçe captain scored to tie the match in the 60th minute. Ankaragücü came close to taking the lead back in the 80th minute, as Maidou Konate crossed the ball to Roguy Meye, but Meye’s shot went off the crossbar. Fenerbahçe took the lead in the 87th minute, as Alex de Souza’s corner found Dani Guiza, who put the ball in the back of the net. Some controversy arose in the second minute of four of stoppage time, as Erich Brabec’s header off a corner appeared to cross the goal line. However, Ozer Hurmaci cleared the ball of the line, and Fenerbahçe held on to win 3-2.
Both Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe got back into the win column this week. It will be important going into the final week of the first half of the season. With Bursaspor getting the bye and the free three points, and Beşiktaş and Kayserispor still to play on Sunday, both Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray picked up a crucial three points going into the final weekend of the season before the winter break.