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Pierre Webo sums 8 goals, Moussa Sow 7 and Emmanuel Emenike 6 with 15 games played. DHA photo

Pierre Webo sums 8 goals, Moussa Sow 7 and Emmanuel Emenike 6 with 15 games played. DHA photo

Fenerbahçe maintained their ruthless domination over the Turkish Super League with a 4-0 dismissal of 10-man Akhisar Belediyespor Dec. 13 at the Şükrü Saraçoğlu Stadium in Istanbul.
 
The game also showed evidence of the efficiency in the finishing of the Yellow Canaries’ African trio of strikers – Moussa Sow, Pierre Webo and Emmanuel Emenike - who scored one goal each as the Portuguese defender Bruno Alves added his share to make it 4-0. 
 
Imperious since dropping its opener away to Konyaspor, Fenerbahçe sums 38 points and are 11 ahead second-placed Kasımpaşa with one more match played. 
 
The visitors started off the game on the wrong foot as their key player, midfielder Bilal Kısa, who was called on by Fatih Terim to the national squad during the last two friendlies, was injured in the 15th minute. 
 
Akhisar then granted a penalty in the 25th minute after Sow’s shot from the middle range was deflected by his compatriot Ibrahima Sonko’s hand. The Senegalese defender received a red card from a second yellow, leaving his side down to 10 men. 
 
Dirk Kuyt’s penalty shot to the corner of the net was, however, saved by the keeper Eren Özyiğit, diving low to his right. 
 
The respite, though, was short-lived as the Yellow Canaries opened the score in the 43rd minute after Kuyt headed a bad goal kick from the keeper towards Emenike, who thundered into the area sending the ball to the far post, unstoppable for Özyiğit.  
 
Sow doubled the score after the break from inside the goal mouth in a pass from Emenike, before providing the assist for Fenerbahçe’s third in the 58th minute, scored by Webo. Bruno Alves settled the score on a corner kick in the 68th minute. 
 
Despite the crushing victory, Coach Ersun Yanal complained about the team’s “generosity.” “There are two more games before winter break. We want to win them both. Today, we were a little generous. Our strongest point is the offense and the players on the front side,” Yanal said after the match.  
 
Galatasaray, fourth at 26, returns to the Super League with a game against Gençlerbirliği on Dec. 15, amid their European high following their victory in the two day epic over Juventus.
 
Also on Dec. 15, Kasımpaşa, second at 26 points, will clash with third Beşiktaş in the game of the week.

December/13/2013

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Apurv Danke

12/16/2013 7:36:17 AM

Right now the only demons Fenerbahce have to conquer is themselves. With such a big lead, only they have to lose it than any other club winning the league. As for Galatasaray, I think they should be happy with 2nd place for an automatic champions league spot next season, now that they've made it to the knockout round of champions league.

Çılgın Kanarya

12/15/2013 4:31:46 PM

Yes DOM UNLU, I agree about the cup. Ersun Yanal made a big mistake by playing our reserve side against Fethiyespor. Resting half of the first team would've been acceptable, but there was no need to start with a completely different 11 from the Beşiktaş match, as we have no fixture congestion issues in the absence of European football. To surrender so feebly the trophy we won for the past 2 seasons was very wrong. However, if we're Champions in May, who will still care about the Turkish Cup? :)

Dom Unlu

12/15/2013 1:35:43 PM

The lead we have gained gives me such a high. If only we could have put more effort into the cup.

Çılgın Kanarya

12/14/2013 9:53:31 PM

By the way, I forgot to congratulate HDN on actually bothering to write a match report on this game, after you completely ignored last weekend's victory at Rizespor! I am overcome with a great feeling of honour and privilege! Thank you, from the bottom of my heart! :)

Çılgın Kanarya

12/14/2013 7:22:48 PM

I think we'll finish the season with 4 more points from the next 2 games (drawing at Karabük & beating Kayserispor at home), giving us a 'Winter Champions' lead of around 10 points. We may even lose next weekend, as Karabük are our bogey team from the past couple of seasons. Most people won't realise this, but they've actually beaten us in the last 3 league games, so I'm a little worried about them. I genuinely can't ever recall us losing 3 consecutive league games to any other club. Let's see.

Çılgın Kanarya

12/14/2013 7:16:24 PM

Comfortable victory, as expected, but it was difficult to deduce too much from this game, after Akhisar went down to 10 men so early on. After that, they just concentrated on defending & it became a case of how many we could score. Great performances & finishing from the African contingent though. With 6S & BJK both having tricky away fixtures to come this weekend, it was important that we got the 3 points & put the pressure on them to win. 12 points is a great lead. Job done, and over to you :)
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