The match appeared to be heading for a 1-1 draw after Okan Yilmaz had levelled on the cusp of half-time following striker Tuncay Sanli's 23rd-minute opener but Marcio Nobre broke through in the 85th minute and Sanli struck again almost immediately to put a gloss finish on the result.
Trabzonspor moved to within a point of second-placed Besiktas JK thanks to a potentially vital 1-0 defeat of Denizlispor, the club directly below them. Mehmet Yilmaz secured the three points when he slotted in the winner with five minutes to go, boosting Turgay Semercioglu's team's hopes of gaining a UEFA Champions League berth next season.
Besiktas went down 3-1 to Diyarbakirspor on Friday - their fourth loss of the campaign. Murat Salar opened the scoring for the home side in the 37th minute and Murat Hacioglu was twice on target in the second half. Daniel Pancu reduced the deficit for the visitors 12 minutes from time but it was too little, too late. Gaziantepspor, in fifth, put the pressure on fourth-placed Denizlispor thanks to a 1-0 win against Samsunspor. Tunisian Ziad Jaziri registered the only goal in the eighth minute.
Gençlerbirligi SK warmed up for the second leg of their UEFA Cup fourth-round tie against Valencia CF with a morale-boosting 3-1 win against Akçabaat Sebatspor. But they had to come from behind in the 19 Mayis stadium after Muzaffer Bilazer's opener, Souleymane Youla's double and a Mustafa Özkan strike sealing the three points.
In Fatih Terim's last match in charge of Galatasaray SK following the announcement of his resignation earlier this month, the Istanbul team slipped to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Rizespor. Saffet Akyüz gave the home team the lead and Okan Öztürk made victory a certainty, converting a penalty after Hakan Sükür had equalised from the spot himself. Zafer Biryol produced the outstanding individual performance of the weekend, scoring all four goals as Konyaspor compounded Adanaspor AS's miserable recent run with a 4-1 triumph.
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