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Turkish league closes 2020 with Galatasaray as new leader

The Turkish league ends this fateful year with Galatasaray as new leader after dethroning Alanyaspor, and with Başakşehir in a deep crisis.

The Turkish league closes this fateful year 2020 marked by the coronavirus pandemic with Galatasaray as the new leader after having dethroned Alanyaspor, which for 10 games occupied the head of the Super League. Meanwhile Başakşehir, who only 5 months ago lived their moment of glory by winning the first league title in its history, continue its slump and remain close to the direct relegation places.

Galatasaray won without problems in the weekend in the match played in Trabzon; Arda Turan finished off the ball in the small area in the 44th minute after a play by Fatih Terim’s men on the right wing; 10 minutes after the start of the second half, Oğulcan Çağlayan moved away from the centre of the field and stood practically alone before the goalkeeper, establishing the 0-2. The goal, initially disallowed for offside, was later validated by the VAR.

With this victory, the Cimbom team dismisses 2020 as the new leader with 29 points and snatches the place from Alanyaspor, which fell 3-1 to Gaziantepspor on Sunday and now occupies third place with 27 points. One more has Beşiktaş, who after beating Sivasspor 3-0 in Istanbul yesterday rose to second place and maintains a wonderful 5-win streak in the past 6 games. For its part, Fenerbahçe occupies 5th place, just 3 points behind the leader.

Başakşehir: from glory to crisis

Special mention deserves the complicated situation that the current champion of last season of the Süper Lig, Başakşehir is going through. On Sunday it only managed to draw against Kasımpaşa thanks to a goal in the discount time by Visca, despite Kasımpaşa playing all the second half with 10 men due to the expulsion of Aytaç Kara. Başakşehir has already accumulated six games without knowing the victory.

What began as an apparent bad streak in which it reached direct relegation positions to the second division after chaining 4 games without scoring, has ended up proving to be a deep game crisis and the team is currently ranked 16th in the table with only 16 points. Since defeating Gençlerbirliği 2-1 at home on 8 November, the club has not obtained a single victory.

After the last match against Kasımpaşa, Başakşehir coach Okan Buruk simply said that the team felt “sorry” while lamenting the important injury of Slovak defender Martin Skrtel, vital to the next game against Alanyaspor and who has suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon. It is not yet clear whether the current leader, Galatasaray, will be proclaimed Turkish league champion in 2021 … But everything suggests that Başakşehir will not repeat as new champion this season.

Results of the 15th game of the Super League

Göztepe 1 – 1 Fatih Karagümrük

Trabzonspor 0 – 2 Galatasaray

Gaziantep FK 3 – 1 Aytemiz Alanyaspor

Yeni Malatyaspor 1 – 3 Büyükşehir Belediye Erzurumspor

Yukatel Denizlispor 1 – 2 MKE Ankaragücü

Medipol Başakşehir 2 – 2 Kasımpaşa

Gençlerbirliği 3 – 2 Hes Kablo Kayserispor

İttifak Holding Konyaspor 1 – 1 Çaykur Rizespor

Beşiktaş 3 – 0 Demir Grup Sivasspor

Fraport TAV Antalyaspor – Atakaş Hatayspor (played today)