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Fenerbahçe totals 22 points, six ahead of rivals Beşiktaş and nine more than Galatasaray, which will be playing on the week-end. AA photo

Fenerbahçe totals 22 points, six ahead of rivals Beşiktaş and nine more than Galatasaray, which will be playing on the week-end. AA photo

Fenerbahçe stays at the top of the Turkish Super League after dismissing Gaziantepspor 3-1 in tonight’s game at the Şükrü Saraçoğlu Stadium in Istanbul.
 
Emmanuel Emenike, who opened his scoring account for the Yellow Canaries in a dramatic fashion with a last-minute goal last week, continued his form netting a brace. Moussa Sow was also on target for a second consecutive victory after the goalless Trabzonspor drew before the international break.
 
The Nigerian striker opened the score with a perfectly executed header on a cross from Alper Potuk’s header in the 9th minute. His Senegalese partner in Fenerbahçe’s frontline, Sow, doubled it before the break leaving the visitors in the lurch.  
 
But Fenerbahçe failing to find the third, Gaziantepspor reacted by reducing the score in the 75th minute when the Bosnian Semir Stilic chipped past Volkan Demirel an assist headed by Turgut Doğan Şahin.
 
Struggling since the start of season with financial woes, Gazaintepspor pushed for a second goal and even came close to equalizing the score in the 84th as Muhammet Demir pushed the ball inside the net. But his goal was canceled by the referee for being slightly offside.
 
It then only took two minutes for Fenerbahçe to definitely seal the game, as Salih Uçan robbed the ball from Gaziantepspor defenders surging into the area, leaving it to Emenike to score his second after improvising an exquisite faint.
 
Fenerbahçe now totals 22 points, six ahead of Beşiktaş, which will be playing on Oct. 26 against Akhisar Belediyespor. Galatasaray will visit the struggling Kayserispor on Oct. 27 and the much-anticipated Kasımpaşa - Trabzonspor showdown, out on the night of Oct. 28

October/25/2013

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Adam Polk

10/26/2013 7:37:28 PM

Cilgin, I got my fish food ready :) no worries

Çılgın Kanarya

10/26/2013 1:48:50 AM

Now all that remains is for Laz K to write in and tell us how much we paid the opposition players, coaches and directors, plus the referees, assistant referees, TFF match observers, simit sellers and every other man and his dog for this victory!

Çılgın Kanarya

10/26/2013 1:43:55 AM

As for tonight's match, well I was there in Kadıköy & the most pleasing aspects were of course the 3 points, & Eminike continuing from where he left off last week after breaking his duck at Erciyesspor. He just needed a confidence boost, & these goals have certainly provided it for him. I've seen us play much better, but it was enough to beat an average Antep team. We have the problem of switching off when we get a couple of goals ahead. We'll be better with the return of Gökhan, Meireles & Emre

Çılgın Kanarya

10/26/2013 1:43:08 AM

Spot on Adam Polk. In general, Fenerbahçe, Champion or not over the past few seasons, at least takes it to the final day (2010, 2011, 2012). And it's been more or less the same with the Turkish Cup too during this period, either winning it or being runners up (2010, 2012, 2013). Whereas a bad season for our rivals means finishing nowhere, like 36 points behind us, a bad season for us usually means missing out at the last hurdle. This perennial excitement is the very essence of being a Canary!

Adam Polk

10/26/2013 12:28:08 AM

I would like to add something else before some people come here and talk trash about FB. just look at the last ten, twelve years league outcomes, FB always play for championship even after alleged match fixing case. this is the best proof, match fixing case was totally witch-hunt.

Adam Polk

10/25/2013 11:29:07 PM

great victory! thank you Ersun Yenal for making this team like goal machine in a short period of time. I guess other teams will be following FB from far behind :)
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