By Türker Tozar
Fenerbahçe SK continue to head the Turkish Superleague table by four points after the top four sides all won their weekend fixtures.
Having progressed to the Turkish Cup final in midweek, the reigning champions remain on course for a domestic double with victory at BB Ankaraspor. Brazilian midfield player Alex scored the only goal of the game a minute before half-time with a powerful effort that went in off the post.
Galatasaray SK produced the same scoreline in their home victory against Diyarbakirspor to keep up the pressure on their Istanbul rivals. Necati Ates hit the decisive goal on the stroke of half-time, after Hakan Sükür had hit the post with a penalty 15 minutes earlier. However, Gheorghe Hagi's side were forced to complete the game with ten men following Ayhan Akman's 90th-minute dismissal for two bookable offences.
Two points further back, Trabzonspor maintained their chances of reaching the UEFA Champions League next season after coming from behind to win against MKE Ankaragücü. Emre Güngör headed the relegation-threatened side ahead after six minutes, but their lead lasted just three minutes thanks to Adem Koçak's long-range equaliser. Adem went on to score his side's second in similar fashion nine minutes before the break, before Hasan Üçüncü came off the substitutes' bench to seal the win.
Besiktas JK gained revenge on Konyaspor for their Turkish Cup exit earlier in the campaign with a 2-1 win. Konyaspor looked to have secured a point after Muhammet Hanifi Akagündüz cancelled out Ahmed Hassan's 14th-minute strike eight minutes from time, but Ahmed was on target once again with a superb 88th-minute lob to earn Besiktas the spoils.
The Dark Eagles are almost certainly guaranteed European football next season after moving 14 points clear of fifth-placed Denizlispor, who threw away a two-goal lead in the final 30 minutes to draw 2-2 with relegation threatened Istanbulspor AS. Sixth-placed Rizespor were upset 3-1 at Sakaryaspor, who are now four points clear of the drop zone, thanks to goals from Burak Akdis, Saïd Makasi and Fatih Ceylan.
Elsewhere, bottom club Akçaabat Sebatspor earned their 15th point of the campaign following a 2-2 draw against Malatyaspor, Kayserispor moved to within four points of safety after a goalless draw with Gençlerbirligi SK and Samsunspor cruised to a 3-1 win at Gaziantepspor.
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