By Türker Tozar
Fenerbahçe SK remain four points clear of Galatasaray SK at the top of the Turkish Superleague after hampering Trabzonspor's UEFA Champions League qualification hopes with a 2-1 victory at the Sükrü Saraçoglu stadium.
Brazilian Márcio Nobre headed in compatriot Alex's free-kick on 16 minutes to put the leaders ahead, only for the league's leading scorer Fatih Tekke to equalise with a 62nd-minute header. However, it was Fenerbahçe who claimed the spoils thanks to an Alex penalty three minutes later.
Hakan Sükür supplied the winning goal for Galatasaray against Malatyaspor on 49 minutes from a Necati Ates assist. Team-mate Ergün Penbe had earlier missed a penalty. Fourth-placed Besiktas JK also capitalised on Trabzonspor's defeat to close to within four points of third place after Ibrahim Akin's magnificent 30-metre strike defeated Rizespor 1-0.
Having accumulated just 15 points all season, Akçaabat Sebatspor were relegated after losing 5-0 against Gençlerbirligi SK. Sertan Eser and Souleyman Youla had put the visitors two goals ahead before Sebatspor's Yusuf Simsek was dismissed on the stroke of half-time. Sertan added two more after the interval to complete his hat-trick, either side of a goal from Sammy Gtari, who also missed a spot-kick.
Istanbulspor AS look increasingly likely to join Sebatspor, after losing 3-1 against Gaziantepspor, despite taking the lead through Bülent Karaman, to slip six points adrift of safety. This is due to 15th-placed Sakaryaspor's 1-1 draw with Samsunspor and MKE Ankaragücü's 4-1 win against fellow-strugglers Diyarbakispor, a result which moved them three points clear of the drop zone.
Kayserispor moved to within two points of safety with victory against Denizlispor, ending a run of six consecutive draws courtesy of a Gökhan Ünal strike. Elsewhere, Erman Özgür scored the winning goal to give BB Ankaraspor a 3-2 win at Konyaspor, after Altan Aksoy and Elvir Baljic had cancelled out efforts from Jabi and Ramazan Tunç for the visitors.
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