Göztepe last team to advance to top flight
ANTALYAGöztepe became the third team to advance next season to Spor Toto Super League with a 4-3 win over Eskişehirspor in a penalty-shootout on June 4 at Antalya Stadium, ending its 14-year longing for the top flight action.
The first half ended scoreless but teams had to play more than 45 minutes because fans threw torches at the field shortly after the kick off, causing an extra 17 minutes of action.
Nigerian striker Chikeluba Ofoedu found the opening goal for Eskişehirspor in the 53rd minute that came on the finishing end of a counter-attack.
On the brink of elimination and saying goodbye to its Super League dreams, Göztepe managed to find life with a score from Adis Jahovic in the 90th minute.
The tied match went to extra time but neither team managed to find a difference, setting up a dramatic penalty shootout.
Göztepe scored on three of their five penalties to defeat Eskişehirspor 3-2 and advance to the top league in the country for the first time since the 2002-2003 season.
Göztepe fans stormed the pitch and celebrated with their team following the result.
Göztepe will join newcomers Sivasspor and Yeni Malatyaspor in the top Turkish league next season, while Adanaspor, Gaziantepspor and Rizespor relegated to the First Division.