Kasimpasa lose to Fenerbahce in controversial fashion
Kasimpasa suffered a 4-1 loss to high flying Fenerbahce thanks to two controversial second half goals from Ozbayrakli and Valbuena respectively, having pulled their way back into the game through Depe.
Kasimpasa XI: Birnican, Popov, Sari, Omeruo, Veigneau, Sadiku, Pavelka, Depe, Mensah, Trezeguet, Diagne.
Fenerbahce XI: Demirel, Ozbayrakli, Neustadter, Skrtel, Kaldirim, Topal, Souza, Potuk, Giuliano, Chahechouhe, Soldado.
Going into the game, Fenerbahce knew that they needed as many wins as possible in order to keep pace with fellow title contenders Galatasaray, Besiktas and Istanbul Basaksehir. This weekend is particularly important as Besiktas and Galatasaray meet this weekend, and Fenerbahce are looking to take advantage of the guaranteed dropped points around them.
Fenerbahce’s Brazilian contingent created the opener as Giuliano’s pass unlocked the Kasimpasa backline before the ball was squared to Souza, who uncharacteristically found himself in the box for a simple finish to make it 1-0.
While the Istanbul giants held onto the lead until half time, Kasimpasa started the second half well and they equalised not long after the interval when Mensah’s mishit shot found its way to Ilhan Depe who slotted past veteran goalkeeper Volkan Demirel.
Kasimpasa did not stay level for long thakns to a bizarre goal around ten minutes later, when Sener Ozbayrakli attempted to cross the ball before it was blocked in a sensitive area of the body by Veigneau, and while the Frenchman was down the Fenerbahce right back capitalised and used the space generated to provide a powerful finish into the roof of the goal.
Fenerbahce sealed the win late on in controversial fashion when Giuliano ran down the wing and put a cross in to Valbuena who wrongfooted the goalkeeper to score, however the ball appeared to go out of play before the Brazilian made contact with the ball, however the goal stood. Kasimpasa were now deflated, and it showed as former Tottenham striker Vincent Janssen made it 4-1 which proved to be the final score.
The result means that Fenerbahce are temporarily level on points with Galatasaray at the top of the table, however it is subject to change after Galatasaray’s clash with Besiktas tomorrow. Kasimpasa remain in 9th place, but may be overtaken when Yeni Malatyaspor play their game in hand.
Kasimpasa’s next game is away at Trabzonspor on Saturday, May 5, with Trabzonspor vying for a European place.
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