Beşiktaş kills title hopes of archrivals with derby win
Spor Toto Turkish Super League defending champion Beşiktaş defeated archrival Galatasaray 1-0 in a tight derby game late on Feb. 27 to give it a giant step toward a second consecutive championship.
The game saw no goals in the first half, as both sides were cautious. The hosts were the slightly more attacking outfit, with contributions from winger Armindo Bruma and German striker Lukas Podolski.
However, flamboyant Portuguese attacking midfielder Anderson Talisca’s deflected free-kick deceived goalkeeper Fernando Muslera in the 47th minute, giving the Black Eagles a vital lead.
Following the goal, Beşiktaş adopted a more defending stance, responding strongly to problems posed by Dutch international Wesley Sneijder and Bruma.
Galatasaray’s new coach, Igor Tudor, who handed Beşiktaş a 2-1 loss just two weeks ago with his former Karabükspor, respectively replaced Sneijder, playmaker Selçuk İnan and winger Yasin Öztekin with newcomers Mendes Rodrigues, striker Eren Derdiyok and former Hertha BSC midfielder Tolga Ciğerci, who was heavily criticized for missing a chance when he stepped on the ball and stumbled in the 70th minute. Podolski was also grilled by fans for missing a shot from inside the box in the 82nd minute.
Galatasaray otherwise found no other ways through the Beşiktaş defense in the second half, while the Black Eagles also occasionally took control with a solid passing game.
“We played against a team that was set up with good players and that took the [Galatasaray] fans out,” Beşiktaş coach Şenol Güneş said after the game.
“This was a do-or-die game for them. [For us], it’s the match of week 22. The league would continue whether we had won or lost. Still, I am proud of my players because they won the derby,” he said.
Güneş said his side managed to play a defensive game with attacking players. “This was a good test for me.”
A disappointed coach Tudor said after the game that a draw would have been a fair result. “It was a lucky free kick to decide the game,” he said.
With the victory, Beşiktaş increased its points haul to 50 and continued its lead atop the league, four points ahead of second-placed Medipol Başakşehir, which managed to beat Osmanlıspor 1-0 in Ankara over the weekend.
Başakşehir will take on Aytemiz Alanyaspor on Feb. 5, one day after Beşiktaş hosts Çaykur Rizespor.
Galatasaray, meanwhile, remains in third spot with 40 points.
On Feb. 26, Fenerbahçe failed to halt its poor run of form and dropped two more points, drawing bottom-placed Gaziantepspor 1-1 to remain 12 points behind Beşiktaş
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Football, hugely popular in Turkey, was brought there in the second half of the 19th century when English tobacco and cotton traders visited the main harbour towns of the Ottoman Empire.
In the beginning they played football with each other, and later taught the game to their Turkish neighbours.The first football match on Turkish grounds was played in Salonika in 1875. After that, football was played in Istanbul and İzmir. But during this time, football was only played between English and Greek people. This was also the case in the first Turkish league, named the Istanbul Football League.But some young Turkish men, who loved this game at once, began to play football in open fields without observing any rules.
These young players formed the first Turkish team, playing their first match on 26 October, 1901, against a Greek team. Then the club Beşiktas, founded in 1903, became the first Turkish club to enter the Istanbul League.
A very strong love for football widened to the whole nation. After this period football in Turkey started to develop very fast and treating football like a “national matter” continued until now.
Turkey has a big potential in footbal. There are 4,956 football clubs organized in Turkey, and a registered 4,775 professional and 136,823 amateur players with 233 women. 796 male and 20 female football referees are licensed by the TFF.
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