Between them, Fenerbahçe SK, Beşiktaş JK and Trabzonspor AŞ have featured in all but one Turkish Cup final since 2000. However, all fell in the last 32 this week as a total of five Super League teams exited.
In the biggest shock, holders Fenerbahçe – one of five entrants given a bye to the fourth round – were humbled 2-1 at home to Fethiyespor, bottom of the first division. League leaders Fenerbahçe, aiming for a third straight cup success, had not lost at the Şükrü Saracoğlu stadium since 3 February. However, the team from the Agean region barely allowed their hosts a chance despite going in at half-time 1-0 down to a Sabri Turgut own goal. They recovered to win in the last 13 minutes through Onur Okan and Ahmet Aras.
"Fenerbahçe did not have very clear chances to score," Ahmet said. "Although we scored an own goal, we defended solidly in the first half. We really believed we could win and our coach showed his faith in us. He has just been appointed in his role and we have mainly worked on defence.
"Any Turkish boy has a dream of scoring against Fenerbahçe and we made this dream come true with Onur. History will not forget us and this win will remain as a memory that we can tell our children and grandchildren."
Trabzonspor, defeated in last year's final and having negotiated the UEFA Europa League group stage unbeaten, also lost to second-tier opposition, going down 3-1 at in-form Balıkesirspor. Fatigued due to a troublesome journey to their destination, Trabzonspor were two down after eight minutes thanks to Kwame Karikari and Muhammet Reis. Although Marc Janko pulled one back, Hasan Hatipoğlu confirmed their elimination.
The 2011 winners Beşiktaş were not immune as they went down 2-1 to Bucaspor, Canadian striker Tosaint Ricketts getting the winner just past the hour. Meanwhile, two Super League teams lost to third-level outfits as Gençlerbirliği SK were beaten 1-0 at home to Nazilli Belediyespor and Gaziantepspor were defeated 3-2 at İnegölspor.
However, Galatasaray AŞ at least received a boost ahead of their decisive UEFA Champions League match against Juventus. Roberto Mancini's men ousted Gaziantep BB 6-5 on penalties following a 2-2 draw, but only survived when goalkeeper Ufuk Ceylan had saved Cihan Can's spot kick. The fifth round is drawn on Friday and, like the previous stage, will be seeded, allowing for more potential giant-killing with three teams from each of the second and third levels still involved.
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