Turkcell Super League – week 13 – Sunday action
The door to the summit of the Turkcell Super League was pried open. With Beşiktaş mauling Fenerbahçe 3-0 in the derby on Saturday, Galatasaray looked to have first place in sight. With Manisaspor coming into the Ali Sami Yen stadium, it looked like there would be a new leader in the standings. It wouldn’t quite work out that way. But if the result of that game was crucial, the Kasımpaşa – Trabzonspor match will be crucial to the rest of Trabzonspor’s season.
Trabzonspor looked to get three points against one of the lower tier clubs in the Super League this season against Kasımpaşa. While Kasımpaşa looks like a team bound for relegation, they started out furiously against Trabzonspor. But Trabzonspor took the lead with a 25th minute penalty goal by Gustavo Colman. Umut Bulut was tripped up in the box by Kasımpaşa player Murat Erdogan, and the referee pointed to the spot. Kasımpaşa tied the game in the 32nd minute through Emre Toraman. Toraman’s shot deflected off the defense and got by Trabzonspor goalkeeper Tony Sylva. Halftime found the teams tied at 1-1. Kasımpaşa started the second half furiously, and in the 50th minute, Murat Erdogan gave Kasımpaşa the lead with a hard shot, deflecting off the defense and beating Sylva. Ceyhun Gulselam had an attempt to tie the game for Trabzonspor in the 55th minute, but his one-on-one effort against the Kasımpaşa keeper led to a corner. Colman would get another shot to tie it for Trabzonspor in the 65th minute, going one-on-one with the Kasımpaşa keeper, but the shot was too hard and out. Kasımpaşa found the killer goal in the 75th minute, as Andre Moritz fire off a shot into the back of the net. Trabzonspor would go onto lose the game by the 3-1 score. After the match was over, Trabzonspor coach Hugo Broos resigned. It was also reported that Tony Sylva, Egemen Korkmaz, Gokhan Unal, Rigobert Song, and Engin Baytar have been left off the first team roster. After Broos’ resignation, it was reported that Trabzonspor chairman Sadri Sener was in negotiations with former Trabzonspor player, coach, and current FC Seoul head coach Senol Gunes, and may bring him in as manager soon. Trabzonspor has a reputation for going through head coaches very quickly if instant success is not achieved. It seems that now Trabzonspor will have to try to finish out the year with a new head coach, and potentially, without some key players for a period of time.
Galatasaray fans jumped for joy after seeing their hated rivals Fenerbahçe go down 3-0 to Beşiktaş on Saturday. Perhaps they wanted to thank Beşiktaş for giving them the opportunity to go to the top of the table. It seemed as though it would be an easy time to the top. Galatasaray would have to play the game without influential captain Arda Turan, who was out with H1N1 influenza. In the 11th minute, Harry Kewell struck a centering pass to Shabani Nonda, who headed the ball towards goal. Manisaspor keeper Ilker Avcibay made a diving save. Galatasaray would score in the 38th minute, as Harry Kewell took advantage of a mistake by Manisaspor’s Eren Aydin, and comfortably put the ball into the back of the net with his left foot. Halftime saw Galatasaray with a 1-0 lead. The second half saw Galatasaray try for a second goal, but treading on thin ice towards the end of the match. In the 58th minute, Elano took a corner and Servet Cetin made an attempt on goal. In the ensuing melee, Mustafa Sarp tried to put it on net for Galatasaray, but the ball ended up in Avcibay’s hands. In the 71st minute, Sabri Sarioglu made a crossing pass to Shabani Nonda, which resulted in Nonda’s shot going off the post. Manisaspor increased their attack throughout the second half, and it seemd a breakthrough would come sooner or later. In the 82nd minute, Manisaspor finally broke through, as Mehmet Nas’ corner found Josh Simpson, and the Canadian put the ball in the goal for the tying goal. The match ended with a 1-1 score, and Galatasaray failing to take advantage of Fenerbahçe’s miscue.
Other results from Sunday included Denizlispor 1 – 1 Antalyaspor, Gençlerbirliği 3 – 1 Istanbul B.B., Kayserispor 2 – 0 Diyarbakirspor, and Eskişehirspor 0 – 0 Ankaragücü, with Sivasspor getting the bye this week and the free three points.