Fenerbahce Takes Derby 2-1
In a match marred by violence and stoppages, Fenerbahce took the World's Biggest Derby 2-1 at Ali Sami Yen Stadium in Istanbul. The win made Fener undefeated against their cross-town rivals Galatasaray on the season, and added three points to their championship total for the 2006-2007 season. Zico went with his typical starting lineup in the Derby, rather than resting any of the usual starters. Fener's starting eleven was Serdar Kulbilge, Ümit Özat, Mateja Kezman, Tuncay Şanlı, Tümer Metin, Önder Turacı, Mehmet Aurelio, Serkan Balcı, Deniz Barış, Diego Lugano, and Eduardo de Souza.
Fenerbahce's goals came from Diego Lugano in the 24th minute, and Edu Dracena in the 40th minute. After a lengthy stoppage time from the game being temporarily suspended, Galatasaray received a closing goal from Arda Turan in the 105th minute. Seven yellow cards were handed out in the match - four to Galatasaray's Cihan Haspolatli, Arda Turan, Orhan Ak, and Sabri Sarioglu. Serdar Kulbilge, Deniz Baris and Diego Lugano picked up yellow cards for Fenerbahce. The game had to be stopped for several minutes in the 82nd minute after moments of violence overshadowed the game on the pitch. Fans pelted the pitch with objects, hitting several Fener players with flying debris.
More to come on this black eye to Turkish futbol....