Amedspor defeats Galatasaray in Turkish Cup action

Amedspor defeats Galatasaray in Turkish Cup action

Amedspor defeats Galatasaray in Turkish Cup action

Amedspor's players salute their supporters at the Türk Telekom Arena after vanquishing Galatasaray 2-0 in the Turkish Cup. DHA Photo

Third-tier Amedspor upset Galatasaray 2-0 on Jan. 22 in a Ziraat Turkish Cup tie at the Istanbul giant’s Türk Telekom Arena.

The club from Diyarbakır, which was fined by the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) last week on the grounds that it did not receive formal approval to alter its name from Diyarbakır Büyükşehir Belediyespor to Amedspor, won thanks to goals from Ercan Çapar in the third minute and Yusuf Yağmur in the 90th minute.

The win provided a measure of revenge for Amedspor after the Lions defeated the Diyarbakır club 4-1 earlier in the competition in the southeastern city. Galatasaray and Eskişehirspor remain at the top of Group G with nine points, five more than Amedspor. İzmir’s Balçova Yaşamspor is last with one point. The top two teams in each group will advance to the knockout round of the cup.

During the match, Amedspor’s supporters offered support to residents of the restive southeastern district of Cizre following recent incidents in which police were accused of shooting dead a number of youth, with spectators shouting, “Everywhere is Cizre, everywhere is resistance,” as well as “Everywhere is Kobane, everywhere is resistance.”

The victory also prompted celebrations in Diyabakır’s Ofis neighborhood.

Diyarbakır Metropolitan Mayor Co-Mayor Fırat Anlı congratulated Amedspor’s players in the dressing room following the final whistle.