Galatasaray SK hit the top of the table with a 1-0 win in Saturday’s hard-fought Istanbul derby against Besiktas JK.
Nervous start for Galatasaray
With coach Mircea Lucescu forced to watch the game from the stands after receiving a one-month touchline suspension from the Professional Football Disciplinary Committee (PFDK), the hosts started nervously and could have been behind early on.
Hasan goes close
It took just three minutes for the visitors to threaten when Zoubeir Baya flashed a free-kick into the side-netting and, after 32 minutes, Besiktas went closer still as Ilhan Mansiz thundered a drive against the post. Gradually, however, Galatasaray settled and after Hasan Sas had shot against the crossbar they made the decisive breakthrough.
Fleurquin on target
Arif Erdem was the architect on the flank and when he crossed into the box, Andres Fleurquin arrived unmarked to head home. Any hopes Besiktas had of finding a way back into the game were virtually extinguished six minutes later when Ahmet Yildirim was sent off for a second yellow card.
Rizespor stumble at home
Rizespor missed the chance to move further clear of the relegation zone as they lost 2-1 at home against Gençlerbirligi SK. In a tight game, the hosts raced into the lead after just ten minutes when Hasan Özer rose above the visitors' defence to head home Serkan Özdemir's cross. However, that seemed to spark Gençlerbirligi into life and they hit back through Tomasz Gregor Zdebel after 57 minutes and Marcel Kibemba M'Bayo netted the winner late on.
Isler denies Samsunspor
A combination of fine goalkeeping and the woodwork denied Samsunspor three much-needed points as they fell to a 1-0 defeat against Istanbulspor AS. Cenk Isler's goal after 16 minutes proved decisive but the visitors were forced to ride their luck when the hosts twice hit the post in the closing stages.
Yozgatspor go down again
Meanwhile, the relegation woes increased for rock-bottom Yozgatspor as they were beaten 3-2 at home by Trabzonspor. Goals from Ilhan Özbay and Mehmet Sahin were not enough for the hosts as Marco Aurelio and Gökdeniz Karadeniz twice struck for Trabzonspor.
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