Başakşehir beats Fenerbahçe, Beşiktaş wins
A goal in the dying minutes gave last season’s runner-up Başakşehir its first-ever league victory at Fenerbahçe on Sept. 9, while defending champion Beşiktaş also won in the Turkish Super League.
Başakşehir went ahead as early as the second minute of the game when Joseph Attamah headed in a ball crossed by veteran midfielder Emre Belözoğlu from the corner kick spot.
The visiting club increased the margin to two in the 33rd minute, when striker Emmanuel Adebayor netted in a powerful header.
Fenerbahçe managed to pull one back in the 44th minute, when new signing Nabil Dirar’s low-driven shot found its way to Başakşehir goal.
The home team equalized the score in the second half, defender Martin Skrtel’s deflected header went inside in the 78th minute, giving Fenerbahçe hope to complete a comeback.
But Kerim Frei’s curved missile in the 94th minute crushed Fenerbahçe’s dreams and left the home team without a point.
Fenerbahçe has made one of the worst starts to the league in the club history, accumulating only five points in the first four games.
Başakşehir has nine points.
In the other clash of the day, Beşiktaş managed to defeat Karabükspor 1-0 in an away match.
The second half was a thriller, as Beşiktaş missed a penalty shot in the 59th minute. Midfielder Oğuzhan Özyakup bottled the penalty high over the goal as Beşiktaş missed the chance to go up.
In the 69th minute, Beşiktaş’s Tosic was given a second yellow card and was sent off, leaving his team with 10 men on the field.
Oğuzhan Özyakup gave out a great pass to winger Ryan Babel, who calmly finished in the 79th minute to give his team the crucial 1-0 victory.
With the win, Beşiktaş increased its points total to 10 in four games.