Monday, March 19, 2007

A Look Around the Turkcell Super Lig in Week 25


Here is a look around the Turkcell Super Lig in Week 25 by Ahmet Turgut:
In the Turkcell Super Lig, there were disturbing scenes as relegation-threatened Manisaspor hosted basement club Sakaryaspor. The game was abandoned after 37 minutes as the players effectively hounded the referee off the field in reaction to a booking. The score was 0-0 at the time, but the authorities seem certain to take action over the incident.

Kayserispor missed the chance to move level on points with third-placed Besiktas as they squandered a 3-0 first-half lead to draw 4-4 with lowly Antalyaspor in a thrilling encounter. Kayserispor seemed to be cruising as goals from Gokhan Unal and Mehmet Topuz (2) fired them into a 3-0 lead after half an hour. However, Coskun Birdal quickly got a goal back for the visitors before the break. Then, three goals in 12 minutes turned the game on its head as Birdal, Ali Bilgan and Birdal again struck to make it 4-3 Antalyaspor, leaving the hosts to rely on Unal's 89th-minute equaliser to get anything at all from the game. Kayserispor at least avoided dropping a place in the table as fifth-placed Genclerbirligi went down 3-2 against 10-man Denizlispor. Goals from Serhat Gulpinar and Roman Kratochvil (2) did the trick for the hosts as they survived the 80th-minute dismissal of Fatih Egedik. Engin Baytar and Mehmet Cakir got the goals for Genclerbirligi.

Ankaraspor beat Sivasspor 2-1 as the visitors had Servet Cetin sent off, Gaziantepspor edged out Caykur Rizespor 1-0 and Ankaragucu were 1-0 winners at Trabzonspor.

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