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Turkey round-up: Gençlerbirligi top despite draw

Published: Sunday 15 September 2002, 22.43CET
Leadrers Gençlerbirligi SK kept their unbeaten record with a 1-1 draw against Trabzonspor.

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Published: Sunday 15 September 2002, 22.43CET

Turkey round-up: Gençlerbirligi top despite draw

Leadrers Gençlerbirligi SK kept their unbeaten record with a 1-1 draw against Trabzonspor.

Turkish first division leaders Gençlerbirligi SK were held for the first time this season but maintained their unbeaten record with a 1-1 draw against Trabzonspor.

Baris levels scores
Trabzonspor took the lead on 37 minutes when Fatih Tekke scored, but Gençlerbirligi salvaged a point after Deniz Baris equalised on 49 minutes, to reclaim top place from Galatasaray SK, after their 2-0 victory bottom club Kocaelispor on Friday night with goals from Arif Erdem and Brazilian Felipe.

Late joy for Gaziantepspor
Gaziantepspor are still well in contention after a dramatic 2-1 win against Altay GK. Emmanuel Owona put Altay ahead on 14 minutes, but Gaziantepspor's Brazilian striker Viola equalised ten minutes later, and Volkan Bekiroglu scored the winner in added time.

Göztepe hold Besiktas
Besiktas JK had to be satisfied with one point after drawing 2-2 with coachless Izmir side Göztepe. Ahmet Dursun put Besiktas ahead, but Göztepe equalised through Ercan Agaçe. And although Sergen Yalçin restored Besiktas' first-half lead with a great finish, Zafer Biryol levelled again 19 minutes from the end.
 
Signing pays dividends
Samsunspor had a similar escape at Diyarbakirspor, as the home side took the lead in the opening minute when Deniz Kolgu converted a penalty, only for Serkan Aykut to equalise, justifying his signing from Galatasaray.
 
Delight for Malatyaspor
Malatyaspor surprised Fenerbahçe SK by beating the Istanbul giants 2-0, Albanian international Klodian Duro and Fazli Ulusoy securing the home side's first win of the season. Fenerbahçe coach Werner Loran admitted after the game that he was considering his position.

Denizlispor boost
Adanaspor AS secured a 1-1 draw at MKE Ankaragücü, although the home side had to come from behind and play the last 19 minutes without the red-carded Radu Niculescu. Meanwhile, Denizlispor, who face French side FC Lorient in the UEFA Cup in midweek, stayed on course with a 3-1 win over Elazigspor, and Istanbulspor AS and Bursaspor played out a 1-1 draw.
Last updated: 15/09/02 22.48CET

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