Galatasaray SK marked Gheorghe Hagi's first game at the helm by falling to their third consecutive defeat in the Turkish Superleague as the top four teams all triumphed to add salt to the Istanbul club's wounds.
The sixth-placed capital club went down 1-0 to Samsunspor courtesy of a 65th-minute goal from Nuri Turhan in a game in which Hakan Sükür was sent off for the first time in his career. Leaders Fenerbahçe, meanwhile, maintained their six-point advantage at the summit over Besiktas JK. Brazilian striker Márcio Nobre scored twice in a 2-1 win against bottom club Adanaspor AS after Murat Özatak had put the home side in front.
Besiktas cruised to a 4-1 home defeat of Gaziantepspor. Ahmed Hassan’s opener was levelled by Devran Ayhan but goals from Daniel Pancu, Tümer Metin and Adrian Ilie, with a lob at the death, sealed a convincing victory.
Trabzonspor, in third, prevailed in a 3-2 thriller against Malatyaspor. With only Fatih Tekke's penalty to show for their efforts at the halfway stage, the Trabzon side trailed 2-1 after goals from Celaleddin Koçak and Ilyas Kahraman. But second-half strikes from Ibrahima Yattara and Gökdeniz Karadeniz turned the tables.
Fourth-placed Denizlispor stayed on the heels of Trabzonspor, Ersen Martin collecting a hat-trick in a 3-0 demolition of Elazigspor. Gençlerbirligi SK, knocked out of the UEFA Cup by Valencia CF on Thursday, went down 2-0 away to Rizespor thanks to two goals from Saffet Akyüz.
Diyarbakirspor, meanwhile, missed the chance to leapfrog Galatasaray following a 3-1 defeat at the hands of MKE Ankaragücü. In the weekend's other games, Akçaabat Sebatspor and Konyaspor fought out a 1-1 draw, as did Bursaspor and visitors Istanbulspor.
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