Fenerbahçe and Konyaspor, League match

Fenerbahçe defeated at home, loses league lead

The last game of the league puts Alanyaspor back as leader, with Galatasaray and Başakşehir close behind.

Fenerbahçe lost the league lead this weekend – which briefly snatched from Alanyaspor last matchday – after being beaten 2-2 at home by İttifak Holding Konyaspor on Saturday.

The match, played at the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium in the Turkish metropolis, went goalless during the second half and it was not until 67 minutes into the game that Konya’s Serbian midfielder Marko Jevtovic finished off in the area with a spectacular volley that struck down the goalkeeper of the Yellow Canaries, Altay Bayındır, setting the score 0-1.

Just 10 minutes later, the Ukrainian Artem Kravets picked up a pass ball from Abdülkerim Bardakcı’s midfield and began a solo race by planting himself against Bayındır, and after controlling the ball he threw it over the head of the Fenerbahçe goalkeeper establishing the final 0-2, with which Konyaspor broke a losing streak of 4 games without a win since they beat Beşiktaş on September 27.

After the game, Fenerbahçe manager Erol Bulut attributed his team’s first loss this season to the poor performance of some players “in the last two or three weeks”. “We are going to wait and see if there are changes (in the team) after the international break (which ends on November 20),” he added.

Alanyaspor leader again

The defeat at the home of Fener leads Aytemiz Alanyas to regain the leadership of the Süper Lig that it has held since Matchday 4 of the season and lost just last week; and it did so thanks to the goal average despite the fact that it could not pass the draw against a mythical Trabzonspor that nevertheless remains in the last spots of the table.

Once again, the goals did not arrive until the second half of the match and it was the Antalya team that inaugurated the scoreboard barely 4 minutes after the break, when Alanya’s English defender Steven Caulker finished off in the small area with his head – and with quite luck – a free kick.

However, that same luck would turn against Caulker just 10 minutes later, when a loose ball in the area that Afobe had come up to finish off clumsily got tangled in the Englishman’s legs, which ended up pushing it to the back of the net scoring an own goal.

Despite the draw, which allows Trabzonspor to come out of the direct relegation positions – a situation that cost their coach, Eddie Newton, his position last week – in this strange 21-team Turkish league, Alanyaspor is not only leader again – with one game played less than Fenerbahçe – but also remains the only Turkish team that has not yet been defeated.

Galatasaray and Başakşehir approach the leader, Beşiktaş sinks

The team coach, Çağdaş Atan, declared after the game before the journalists his satisfaction for “not having lost to a great club such as Trabzonspor”: “We were always ahead during the second half, but we conceded only one goal. My players have played very good in the league so far … We want to make the most of the international break and start (later) another winning streak, ” he said.

In the remaining matches of the weekend, Galatasaray achieved an important victory in Sivas that allows them to remain third in the table just one point behind the leaders, while Beşiktaş fell in the southeastern city of Gaziantep and falls to the position 11th in the table.

Reigning league champion Medipol Başakşehir wins another game after a disappointing start of the season, and after winning in Ankara they rise to 4th place just 4 points behind Alanyaspor and Fenerbahçe.

Results of the 8th day of the Super League

Gaziantep FK 3 – 1 Beşiktaş

Kasımpaşa 2 – 2 Fraport TAV Antalyaspor

Büyükşehir Belediye Erzurumspor 1 – 1 Göztepe

Aytemiz Alanyaspor 1 – 1 Trabzonspor

Fenerbahçe 0 – 2 İttifak Holding Konyaspor

MKE Ankaragücü 2 – 2 Fatih Karagümrük

Yeni Malatyaspor 2 – 0 Yukatel Denizlispor

Hes Kablo Kayserispor 0 – 1 Atakaş Hatayspor

Medipol Başakşehir 2 – 1 Gençlerbirliği

Demir Grup Sivasspor 1 – 2 Galatasaray