With most of the top teams absent because of last week's UEFA Cup action, Bursaspor secured the most impressive win in the Turkish first division this weekend with a 4-1 defeat of Diyarbakirspor at the Atatürk stadium.
The visitors took the lead after Celaleddin Koçak struck following Fernand Coulibaly’s free-kick on 18 minutes, but Okan Yilmaz soon levelled from the penalty spot and shortly afterwards Hasan Yigit was sent off. The dismissal did the visitors no favours as Bursaspor turned on the style in the second half, cruising to victory with two goals from Antonio Franja and a further strike from Okan.
Two red cards
Elazigspor defeated Malatyaspor 2-1, despite going behind to a 52nd-minute goal from Sertan Eser when Hüseyin Yenikan struck twice inside the final twenty minutes. Samsunspor and Göztepe, meanwhile, could only manage a scoreless in a match where Cüneyt Kocabiçak was sent off for a second bookable offence for the visitors.
Viola hits right note
Gaziantepspor strolled to a comfortable 2-0 defeat of Adanaspor, both goals scored by Brazilian striker Viola, who was later red-carded for attempting to snatch a hat-trick with his hand. Adanaspor’s Ali Asim Balkaya was also given his marching orders as a result of a late challenge.
Elswhere, Altayspor beat Denizlispor 3-1 while league leaders Genclerbirligi lost 1-0 to sixth-placed Ankaragücü, but nevertheless stayed top. Besiktas JK, who drew 2-2 with FK Sarajevo in the UEFA Cup on Thursday, were involved in another goalless stalemate against Trabzonspor and Istanbulspor heaped more woe on Kocaelispor, who were thrashed 4-0 by Ferencvárosi TC in midweek, with a last-minute winner.
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