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Thursday, April 26, 2007

WEEK 28: REVIEW
THANKS TO VESTEL MANISA AND GIRAY BULAK RACE GOES ON!
First things first, I have to admit ,I was wrong about Besiktas,like many people !.. For sure, I thought that they would have , easy Saturday, against Sakaryaspor. I think ,Tigana ,Burak and Baki , cost the match for Besiktas.
Luckly, Vestel Manisaspor and their master minded coach Giray Bulak helped Besiktas to stay in the race as well as he helped Vestel to stay out of fire zone for now....
Fenerbahce same old Fenerbahce!
Turkcell Super League leaders Fenerbahce have suffered an unlikely setback in their title push after being held to a goalless draw at home to Vestel Manisaspor.
Giray Bulak's team , who are still in real danger of being being relegated this season - managed to keep Fenerbahce at bay in a stale affair in Istanbul.Despite dropping points, Fenerbahce still lie four points ahead of second-placed Besiktas with 28 games played.
At the other end, Erciyesspor's chances of survival took a big knock as they went down 1-0 at home to Ankaragucu.Burak Karaduman grabbed the game's only goal in the 75th minute to plunge Erciyesspor deeper into the mire, leaving them second-bottom and four points from safety.
Another side who find themselves in the dog-fight are Denizlispor but they managed to earn a plucky point at Antalyaspor.Roman Kratochvil's fifth-minute penalty put them ahead before Coskun Birdal brought things level midway through the first half.Caykur Rizespor moved out of the drop zone with an impressive 3-2 win at home to Trabzonspor, thanks to two goals from Anderson and one from Zafer Biryol.
In the day's other games, Ankaraspor got the better of Konyaspor with a 4-2 win, Kayserispor enjoyed a 3-0 victory at Bursaspor and Sivasspor came from behind to beat Gaziantepspor 2-1
Besiktas draw against last place team!
Besiktas have slipped up in their pursuit of Turkish Turkcell Super League leaders Fenerbahce after they could manage only a 1-1 draw at bottom club Sakaryaspor.
The home side had Evren Nuri Turhan dismissed in the 36th minute, and second-placed Besiktas took only six minutes to capitalise on their extra man.Ibrahim Toraman's 42nd-minute goal looked to be enough to secure all three points, but Franco Cangele's equalizer five minutes from time denied them.
Galatasaray wins on the road !
Third-placed Galatasaray edged to within eight points of Turkish Turkcell Super Lague leaders Fenerbahce with a 3-1 win at Genclerbirligi.A penalty from Umit Karan (24) and Necati Ates (30) put the visitors from Istanbul 2-0 up at half-time, which became 3-0 in the 67th minute with Karan's second of the game for Galatasaray.
Substitute Isaac Promise pulled one back for the hosts with 14 minutes to go, who stay sixth in the table.
RACE WILL GO ON ON TOP AND ON THE BOTTOM OF THE LEAGUE !
I wrote it before ,This league, will see enormous race, until last minutes of this season. Race for top spot and the fight for staying live in the league. There is six weeks more of soccer to play ,yet!...Fenerbahce has to play against Besiktas, Galatasaray and Trabzonspor ,still.. Fight at the bottom is getting very curial every week.
Remember what I said in my earlier article " there is only 11 point difference between 17th place team Erciyesspor (28 points) and fifth place team Trabzonspor (39 points). well that hasn't changed ....the only thing has changed was , Trabzonspor lost the fifth spot to Sivasspor! From Trabzonspor to Erciyesspor ,all the teams between has a lot matches against each other. That's why race for the staying alive, in the Turkcell Super League, is getting hotter, as the completion comes close to the end.
The teams just above the fire zone,also can't afford to lose any points too....So, top to the bottom there is fire!..... the teams who play with fire will burn!
TURKISH FORTIS CUP SEMI FINAL MATCHES(FIRST LEG)
BESIKTAS GREAT FENERBAHCE WITH FLOWERS!
Besiktas team greeted Fenerbahce team officials with flowers at the gate first ,than, beat Fenerbahce with one goal. Aziz Yildirim, Fenerbahce president, did what he does best and not showed up !.
After the match , Besiktas president said He will not be at the second leg match in Kadikoy . Can you blame him for that!... I think Aziz Yildirim did not help this with his attitude again. Just when things were getting a little calm, a bad behavior by him would not help this league get any better.The scene at the Besiktas Inonu Stadium, before the game was worth seeing. Besiktas fans did not curse Fenerbahce nor their former player Tumer Metin and they did not throw any obstacles into the field which made more beautiful.So, after a ugly week of soccer this was joy to see !
Besiktas's only goal of the game came from Bobo da Silva in the 82nd minute. Prior to that former Fenerbahce player Nobre Mert, missed a open net before the winning goal.After the match Fenerbahce Coach Arthur Zico said that there is also another match which will define the finalist of the Cup. ’Besiktas only won the first half of the 180-minutes. We will play the second half in our own stadium. Today Besiktas scored a goal although we did not play bad. Besiktas used its chance well today.’When he was asked at the press conference after the match "why Appiah ,Kezman and Alex did not played " He replied "’Appiah was injured but it was my decision not to let Alex and Kezman play. Appiah suffers from a knee injury, we did not want to risk such an important soccer player just for this game. Alex and Kezman were substitutes because I decided in that way. I told Alex, that I do not want him to be tired in this critical period.’On the other hand, Besiktas Coach Jean Tigana said "we still have a second leg match in Kadikoy,this is not secure score to sleep on!
Kayseri Erciyesspor shock Trabzonspor
TTrabzonspor were handed a shock 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Erciyesspor on Wednesday in the Cup semi-final first leg. Lazarov scored the winner 8 minutes before time to get his team a very precious victory .
The second leg of the semifinal matches in the Fortis Cup will be played on April 26th ,2007.