The result consolidates the leadership in the league of Beşiktaş, who accused the referee of favouring Fenerbahçe.
Beşiktaş and Fenerbahçe ended up on Sunday drawing 1-1 in an exciting derby that kept the tension going until the end, and the result of which serves the Black Eagles of Istanbul to keep themselves as leaders of the Turkish league.
The first half of the match played at the Vodafone Park stadium on the European shore of Istanbul ended goalless; however, shortly after the start of the second half, during a free-kick by Rachid Gehzzal, the Croatian defender Domagoj Vida headed the ball into the area and it entered the rival goal cleanly, thus establishing the 1-0 in the 48th minute for the Beşiktaş.
The team led by Sergen Yalçın almost scored their second goal when in the 61st minute Cameroon forward Vincent Aboubakar staged a one-to-one play with Fenerbahçe goalkeeper Altay Bayındır, who finally avoided the goal. It looked like the match would end with a victory for the Super League leader when in the 89th minute Ozan Tufan launched a powerful right kick from almost the penalty spot that shot across the crossbar, leaving Ersin Destanoğlu powerless.
The result of the match, which closed the 31st week of the Turkish league, did not however produce changes at the top of the table, where Beşiktaş continues to lead with 64 points to its credit and a less disputed match; previous leader Galatasaray is second with 61 points after losing 3-4 at home to Rizespor, while Fenerbahçe is third with 59 points.
Beşiktaş accuses referee of favouring Fenerbahçe
After the match ended, the Beşiktaş coach was nonetheless satisfied with the performance of his players and with the result, which he described as “neither good nor bad for us”, while criticising the match referee, Halil Umut Meler, whom he accused of doing everything possible to favour Fener in the match.
“We are not happy with the referee, I hope I will never see him again in Beşiktaş games. We don’t want to play with referees who make such strange decisions,” said Sergen Yalçın. Regarding the result, the Black Eagles’ coach underlined that the team had increased the distance with its rivals by one point, and congratulated his players for their effort during the derby.
On his side, the Yellow Canaries coach, Erol Bulut, assured that his team could have won and that they dominated during the second half of the match. “Both teams had many opportunities to score. In the 2nd half, Fenerbahçe was playing under pressure; we did everything we could, but we managed to tie. We came to win, and therefore we cannot be happy. There are still 10 games left, and we will do everything we can,” he told the media.
Bulut is under heavy pressure inside and outside the team due to the poor results achieved by the club in recent matches. Fenerbahçe has been unable to win a single derby this season, neither against Beşiktaş (who defeated it 3-4 in the first round in a historic derby) nor against Galatasaray, against whom they drew goalless in the first match and later were beaten 0-1 at home last month.
Results of the 31st week of the Super League:
Fatih Karagümrük 3 – 0 Hes Kablo Kayserispor
Galatasaray 3 – 4 Çaykur Rizespor
Gençlerbirliği 2 – 1 Kasımpaşa
Göztepe 3 – 5 Demir Grup Sivasspor
Yeni Malatyaspor 2 – 2 Gaziantep FK
Trabzonspor 4 – 1 MKE Ankaragücü
Fraport TAV Antalyaspor 3 – 1 Büyükşehir Belediye Erzurumspor
İttifak Holding Konyaspor 1 – 0 Aytemiz Alanyaspor
Yukatel Denizlispor 0 – 0 Medipol Başakşehir
Beşiktaş 1 – 1 Fenerbahçe
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