By Türker Tozar
Pierre van Hooijdonk scored his sixth league goal of the season to give Fenerbahçe SK a 1-0 win against in-form Gaziantepspor and move his side clear at the top.
The 34-year-old scored a trademark drive on the edge of the penalty area on 63 minutes to give the champions their eighth win in nine games this season, which sees them move two points clear of second-placed Trabzonspor, who were held 1-1 by BB Ankaraspor. The side looked on course for victory after Mehmet Yilmaz's 67th-minute strike, but substitute striker Jaba equalised four minutes later and Trabzonspor were forced to settle for a draw.
Besiktas JK look to have finally started their season in earnest after a comprehensive 4-0 win against Diyarbakirspor at Inönü stadium. Sergen Yalçin and Emre Asik gave the home side a healthy half-time lead, which Ibrahim Akin doubled with two more goals after the interval. The win, only their second of the season, sees the Istanbul side move up to 13th, level on points with Sunday's opponents.
Galatasaray also recorded their biggest win of the season with an emphatic 5-1 victory against Kayserispor. Turkey international Necati Ates gave the home side a 2-0 half-time lead before Hasan Sas made the score 3-0 six minutes into the second half. Alper Akici's own goal further demoralized Kayserispor before Ergün Penbe completed the scoring for Galatasaray with his 72nd-minute strike. Fazli Ulusoy scored Kayserispor's consolation five minutes from time. Elsewhere, Denizlispor defeated Konyaspor 2-1 to move fourth, while Samsunspor's consistent progress continued as they won by the same scoreline against Malatyaspor.
Ankara side Gençlerbirligi SK were reduced to ten men as they defeated Çaykur Rizespor 2-1 in new coach Oguz Çetin's first game in charge. Striker Souleymane Youla was dismissed just seven minutes into the match, but the home side nevertheless took the lead three minutes later through Abdelzaher El Saka. Elvir Bolic doubled the advantage just before half-time and, although Zafer Demiray pulled one back, Rizespor's were unable to force a second.
Akçaabat Sebatspor managed the feat against fellow strugglers Istanbulspor, overturning a two-goal deficit to take a share of the spoils. Meanwhile, bottom side Sakaryaspor AS recorded their first win of the season with a 1-0 win against MKE Ankaragücü. Midfield player Serdal Kurt scored the only goal of the game with a 40th-minute free-kick although his side were forced to play the last 27 minutes with ten men after Gökhan Kök saw red.
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