In the 36th week of Spor Toto Super League, Beşiktaş and Fenerbahçe shared their trump card in the derby. The critical fight contested at Vodafone Park ended in a 1-1 draw.
While the derby was successful with a high tempo, Filip Novak scored in the 6th minute and gave Fenerbahçe the advantage. While Beşiktaş couldn’t benefit from a penalty with Michy Batshuayi in the 9th minute, they were awarded a penalty again in the 30th minute with the warning from VAR. This time, Rachid Ghezzal, who was in charge of the ball, scored the goal that tied the score and the circuit was tied at 1-1.
In the second half of the game, both teams couldn’t take advantage of positions and there was no noise of goals. With this result, Fenerbahçe’s 7-game winning streak came to an end and the score was 69. Beşiktaş, on the other hand, moved to 55 points.
BEŞİKTAŞ POLES CANNOT PASS
Moreover, Beşiktaş became the team that returned the most shots from the post in the Super League this season with 24 times. The black and white team played in the Super League game against Fenerbahçe, with the least accurate passing (176) and the lowest passing percentage (68%) this season.
THE FENERBAHÇE SERIES CONTINUES
Fenerbahce (10G 2B), who haven’t lost their last 12 Super League games, enjoyed a longer streak in the 2017/18 season. Vodafone Park is the only stadium among the 30 stadiums that Fenerbahçe have visited more than 2 times since the 2014/15 Süper Lig season.
WEAK IN BEST GAME
Beşiktaş and Fenerbahçe finished the game in which the ball remained in play for the lowest time in the Super League this season.
NOVAK PICKED UP BUT THEN HE GOES IN HISTORY
Fenerbahce’s Filip Novak was the most prominent name in the derby played in Dolmbahçe. In the 6th minute of the match, the yellow-dark blue team took the lead and the scorer was Filip Novak. Only 3 minutes after that goal, Novak handled the ball inside his own penalty area and Arda Kardeşler showed the white spot.
In the 30th minute of the game, as Filip Novak fouled Kenan Karaman in the penalty area, the referee again showed the white spot after the VAR review and the ball went into the net with the kick of Ghezzal.
Filip Novak scored two penalties in the game, which put his team ahead. The Czech footballer has become the defender who has scored the most goals since January 2018, when he joined the Super League. Filip Novak also became the first Fenerbahçe player to inflict two penalties in a Super League game since Mauricio Lemos (vs Fatih Karagümrük in October 2020).
HE MISSED BATSHUAY AGAIN, A FIRST AFTER MARIO GOMEZ
Michy Batshuayi, who recovered the ball from the penalty won by Beşiktaş in the 7th minute, could not take advantage of the shot. The Belgian star’s last two Super League penalties have been sent off the post.
Michy Batshuayi has become the second Beşiktaş player to miss two penalties in a Super League season since 2014/15. Mario Gomez managed to turn one of the three penalties into a goal during the 2015/2016 season.
WHAT DID THE SPORTS AUTHOR SAID?
UĞUR MELEKE: A SCOTLAND CAO OF THE 4th CLUSTER MATCH
It was 33 minutes yesterday, passing stats were reflected on the screen: Beşiktaş made 48, Fenerbahçe 68 passes in the first 33 minutes. In other words, the two league giants played with an average of 3 and a half passes per minute in the first half hour! The public who goes to the stadium pays the ticket and pays to Digiturk who watches it at home. The value of this money should not be 3 passes per minute.
THE UNDERSTANDING HAS NOT CHANGED
Over the minutes, maybe the success stat has changed, but the understanding of chaos has not. I just remember yesterday that both teams made 5 consecutive assists at some point in the game. Continuous long bales. Constantly aerial duels.
ISMAEL GAVE THE TONS
A constant commotion. If that was what we wanted to watch, we would have watched a Scottish Fourth Division game. It’s truly sad. If we leave the chaos aside and try to interpret the football crumbs on the pitch, I can easily summarize: Valerien İsmael set the tone for the game. He also tailored his fellow rival to his own tone.
KENAN KARAMAN USES 15CM TALL ADVANTAGE AGAINST FERDI
Ismael used the 3-4-2-1 formation in his first 4 games at Beşiktaş. He was back 3-4-1-2 in two games, taking Ghezzal down to number ten. He uses Batshuayi-Larin as a double striker. They always shoot far in the back all the time, their game being all about speed. Batsman and Larin try to open both wings and land the function balls. The fact that there was another long option on the court yesterday, apart from this duo, strengthened Ismael’s hand. Ersin-Welinton consistently hit Kenan down the right. Kenan, with 1.89, used his 15 centimeter advantage against Ferdi and landed plenty of balls. This pairing issue played a major role in Kenan’s increased activity and Ferdi became more uneasy yesterday. This game of opportunity by Valérien Ismael is more suited to big games. However, it’s still unclear what kind of solution the French coach will produce against the teams that shut down the Giresun-Kayseri type.
OFFSIDE LARIN-BATSHUAYI: WATCH!
Review the offsides with Larin at 33 and Batshuayi at 39! At 33, Beşiktaş makes an organized attack, the ball is in Ghezzal. He passes the ball to Larin, but the Canadian’s offside is incredible! In 39, Batshuayi still could not regain his place after a long ball launched from behind.
İSMAİL KARTAL TURNED INTO ISMAEL KARTAL YESTERDAY
I wondered how İsmail Kartal would react tactically to this specific Beşiktaş game. Of course, I don’t deny the effect of the Vodafone Park atmosphere, Fenerbahçe’s sense of displacement and the large number of injuries. But I can say that Ismail Kartal also matched his rival yesterday and turned into “Ismael Kartal”. Yesterday Fenerbahce failed to reflect many of the truths they have applied over the past two months. He couldn’t catch a string of passes, he couldn’t attack while knitting, they also turned into some kind of opportunity football yesterday. More importantly, they couldn’t come out from behind with a pass, Altay shot continuously for lengths. Let’s look at the height of the players (other than Serdar) in front of Fenerbahçe, where Altay hit long: Rossi 170, Mert 174, İrfan 176cm…
YOU MUST NOT LIFT THE BALL
Due to Welinton’s close defense against Serdar, the yellow and navy blues couldn’t land almost any of the balls Altay hit for that long. Naturally, they were far from those positive football images of the past two months. Fenerbahce’s technical director must be aware of this: if you play with Rossi-Mert-İrfan, you must not lift the ball. You shouldn’t play with these players if you lift the ball.
NO STRESS PENALTY SHOOT
Beşiktaş took two penalties yesterday, Batshuayi and Ghezzal made those shots with little tension. I would understand not being nervous if Romario, Messi or something like that kicks the penalty. But Cristiano throws with a stretch, Lewandowski throws with a stretch, Benzema throws with a stretch. Luckily, our league’s super über stars don’t need to stretch. Come on, I understand Ghezzal to some extent, it’s amazing that Batshuayi isn’t nervous.
GÜNTEKIN ONAY: BEŞİKTAŞ IS CLOSE TO VICTORY
In the first half, we witnessed a smashing derby. Against the hectic defense of Beşiktaş, Fenerbahçe scored 1 position and 1 goal in the first 6 minutes. 2 minutes after the Beşiktaş loss, they could not assess the chances of a draw with the penalty missed by Batshuayi. The Belgian centre-forward aimed for the penalty against the post, as in the Trabzonspor game.
FENERBAHÇE DETECTED OWNER’S HEART GAME
Beşiktaş, who didn’t look very neat, intimidated Fenerbahçe with brave and aggressive play. Applying intense pressure in every part of the pitch, the black and white team did not allow Fenerbahçe to pass and leave. Simple turnovers, hard play reduced the quality, while high combat power excited the audience. The young Emirhan, who played with Josef in the center of midfield, was successful when the ball was at his feet, and he certainly didn’t get angry in the tough midfield struggle.
The clear goal position that Larin missed at the start of the 2nd half was the game’s defining moment. Facing Altay in the beautiful pass from Emirhan, the Canadian failed to seize the opportunity with a weak strike.
THE PACE OF THE GAME IS WEAK IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE DERB
At Fenerbahçe, who struggled to create positions and be effective in the opposing penalty area, coach İsmail Kartal dismissed Serdar Dursun, who was not effective at all in the game and had a lot of turnovers, from the game too late. On the other hand, in Beşiktaş, especially after the departure of Ghezzal, the black and white team struggled to keep the ball in the opposing half.
There was a lot of action in the first half of the game, especially in the last half hour of the game, the tempo dropped considerably. The changes made by the two coaches did not live up to expectations.
NOVAK CLEARLY MADE ITS MARK IN THE MATCH
Novak, who scored 1 goal and caused 2 penalties, left his mark on the match, while Josef, Emirhan, Wellington, Umut and Kenan were the match winners in Beşiktaş; At Fenerbahçe, Ferdi, Zajc and Mert Hakan succeeded. With this result, Beşiktaş were the team closest to victory while retaining their unbeaten title at Vodafone Park against rivals Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray in the derby. At Fenerbahce, İsmail Kartal is happy with the 1 point he got in such a difficult away derby.