If you are a football fan domiciled in Turkey, you can’t miss the clash between the ‘Big Four’ for any reasons. And because I fulfill the criteria, I didn’t miss the big match between Besiktas and Trabzonspor. Forget about the fierce rivalry between Fenerbahce and Galatasaray for a while, they might sitting comfortably at the top side of the table, but neither of them play a good, attractive football so far this season, Besiktas, Bursaspor, and Trabzonspor are.
The latter started to play an attacking football since Ersun Yanal, the man who brought the 19th league’s trophy for Fenerbahce last season, took in charge. A morale-boost victory against Galatasaray (0-3) in Istanbul and a big win at home against Gaziantepspor (4-1) were a good start for Ersun Hoca, that’s how they call the manager in Turkey. But Trabzonspor couldn’t keep the same form when they played Besiktas in week 12 of Turkish Super League.
Played in Konya, Slaven Bilic’s army took the initiative since the very beginning by pushing forward and put intense pressure on Trabzonspor defenders. The result was seen in less than 5 minutes when Veli Kavlak scored a beautiful goal with his weaker foot from just outside the penalty box. The process was started by the pressure put by Besiktas players on the other half of the pitch that forced Trabzonspor goalkeeper to ‘clear’ the ball to Veli, 1-0.
Down by an early goal didn’t break Trabzonspor spirit, instead the players were having more courage to keep the ball. The problem was that they couldn’t break a solid defensive wall led by Ersan Gulum. Besiktas’ back-four were so brilliant in this match that they even didn’t let Oscar Cardozo to fire a single shot, let alone scoring a goal.
The pressure from Besiktas players once again paid off. Their marquee signing this summer from Chelsea, Demba Ba, scored with his back-heel in 25 minutes with a nice assist from Olcay Sahan. The latter was stealing the ball from Avraam Papadopoulos, who was ‘waiting’ for Olcay to take the ball away, before delivering the perfect pass to Demba Ba who was unmarked. Not long after that, Ersun Yanal ‘punished’ Avraam by subbing him out and put Kevin Constant to the game. Besiktas was leading 2-0 until the half time whistle.
In the second half, Mustafa Pektemek was subbed in by Bilic to replace Demba Ba who got a slight injury. But unfortunately the 26 years old striker was subbed out and replaced by Cenk Tosun in 71 minutes before he could contribute more due to a broken nose after a collision with Belkalem. Besiktas had at least two wasted chance in the second half, both from a counter-attack. The first was Gokhan Tore whose shot was blocked by Carl Medjani right in front of the goal line, and the second was Jose Sosa whose movement was well read by Trabzonspor goalkeeper, Fatih Ozturk, in a one-on-one situation outside the penalty box.
Trabzonspor were dominating the match and still trying to find a way to breakthrough until another blatant mistake made by Musa Nizam in 84 minutes. He made a bad clearance which captured by Serdar Kurtulus who then give the ball to Sosa. With one look, the Argentinean midfielder gave a one-touch pass to Cenk Tosun who was free in the penalty area and fired a shot to write his name in the score sheet and put Besiktas to a 3-0 lead. The score board didn’t change until the referee blew his full-time whistle.
Objectively, Besiktas were the better side tonight. They were more discipline when defending and more effective in converting the chances into goal. The high-pressure tactics by Slaven Bilic was playing a big role in this victory. On the other hand, Trabzonspor were lacking of creativity in midfield. Ozer Hurmaci who was supposed to be the creator was effectively closed down by 2 defensive midfielders, Veli Kavlak and Atiba Hutchinson. Trabzonspor might have a higher possession ball, but they weren’t able to penetrate into the penalty box. It is like taking a tour outside an iconic stadium but not permitted to go inside, how pity. But on top of that, the poor decisions by the defenders were the ones that cost Trabzonspor tonight.
With this result, The Storm Trabzonspor stay in the 7th place with 8 point difference with The Eagle Besiktas who reclaim the top seat of the table with 26 point.