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Besiktas lose footing

Published: Sunday 11 April 2004, 16.34CET
Defending Turkish Superleague champions Besiktas JK fell to third place after a 2-2 draw.

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Published: Sunday 11 April 2004, 16.34CET

Besiktas lose footing

Defending Turkish Superleague champions Besiktas JK fell to third place after a 2-2 draw.
Defending Turkish Superleague champions Besiktas JK dropped to third place in the standings following a 2-2 draw against Gençlerbirligi SK on Sunday at the Inönü stadium.

Quick start
Veysel Cihan and Souleyman Youla scored two goals in as many first-half minutes to take the initiative away from the Istanbul side, but Daniel Pancu's penalty and a last-minute equaliser from defender Ahmet Yildirim ensured a share of the spoils.

Trabzonspor win
Besiktas knew all three points were a necessity as second-placed Trabzonspor defeated Bursaspor 2-1 on Saturday. Fatih Tekke set them on their way, tucking in a Gökdeniz Karadeniz through-ball for the opener. Provider then turned goalscorer for the second in the 71st minute, rendering Tayfun Seven's late consolation redundant.

Run over
Leaders Fenerbahçe SK are four points clear at the summit but finally bade farewell to their 16-week unbeaten league run on Friday following a 1-0 loss against Rizespor. Striker Saffet Akyüz's 87th-minute goal settled the game.

Diyarbakirspor demolition
A 1-0 loss at the hands of MKE Ankaragücü meant Galatasaray SK slumped to their fifth consecutive reverse with Umut Korkut's 70th-minute lob of goalkeeper Faryd Mondragón proving the difference. Malatyaspor, meanwhile, collected their first victory in ten weeks, crushing Diyarbakirspor 5-0. Atilla Birlik, Serkan Özsoy, Fazli Ulusoy, Celaleddin Koçak and Ilyas Kahraman were all in the goals.

Relegation trouble
At the wrong end of the table, Elazigspor's relegation worries intensified following a 3-1 loss at Istanbulspor AS. Cem Can struck first for the hosts and Yunus Altun levelled, but Elvir Bolic and Pini Balili scored late on to turn the match on its head. Akçaabat Sebatspor, meanwhile, beat bottom club Adanaspor AS 4-3, while the unexpected death of Konyaspor coach Tevfik Lav led to the postponement of his club's fixture with Samsunspor.

Last updated: 12/04/04 12.35CET

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