Saturday, April 14, 2007

Opportunity Knocks: BJK, Sakarya Finish 1-1

Besiktas and last place and soon-to-be-relegated Sakaryaspor finished in a 1-1 draw earlier today in Sakarya. The game was a head-scratcher, as Sakaryaspor seemingly had little to play for in terms of motivation, while Besiktas has everything to play for. With only 20 points on the season, Sakarya is the only Turkcell Super Lig team that has nearly clinched a relegation spot. The draw puts BJK only three points behind Fenerbahce, but Fener has a golden opportunity on Sunday. With only six games remaining after this weekend, time is running out for Besiktas to catch the Canaries. Should Fenerbahce defeat Vestel Manisaspor on Sunday in Kadikoy, they would move six points up on BJK. Neither team can afford to drop points in the remaining six games, but should one of them do so, the other must certainly take advantage of it. The Fenerbahce vs. Vestel Manisaspor match now becomes an absolute "must win" for the Yellow Canaries if they hope to avoid the same fate as last season and lock up their 17th Turkcell Super Lig Championship.

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