Akhisar gets crucial win with Gekas goal

Akhisar gets crucial win with Gekas goal

Akhisar gets crucial win with Gekas goal

Theofanis Gekas celebrates the victory with teammate Güray Vural (22). AA photo

Minnows Akhisar Belediye Gençlik took a giant step toward surviving in their first top-flight season, beating Mersin İdman Yurdu with a late goal in a Spor Toto Super League game on May 13.

Greek marksman Theofanis Gekas scored with just minutes left in the crucial game to give Akhisar a 1-0 win over already-relegated Mersin İdman Yurdu.

With the win, Akhisar jumped out of the relegation zone with just one match to play at the expense of Istanbul BB, who suffered a 4-3 defeat at Trabzonspor on the same night.

Another relegation battler, Kardemir Karabük, lost 2-1 to Sivasspor, leaving it also ensconced deeply in the relegation mire.

One of Akhisar (39 points), Karabük (37) or Istanbul BB (36) will join already-relegated Orduspor and Mersin in the second division next season depending on this weekend’s results.

Akhisar visits Orduspor, Istanbul BB hosts Kasımpaşa and Karabük takes on Fenerbahçe at 7 p.m. on May 18.