Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Goals for Everyone! Fenerbahçe Rolls 10-3 in Alanya

Goals for Everyone! Fenerbahçe Rolls 10-3 in Alanya
By Nathan L. Redd

Gol....and Gol Again! Fans who packed tiny Milli Egemenlik stadium in Alanya hoping for offense got their money's worth on Wednesday. Fenerbahçe overwhelmed third division Alanyaspor 10-3 behind four goals from Mateja Kezman to advance to the knockout stage of the Fortis Türkiye Cup.

It took 30 minutes to get the offensive onslaught rolling, but thirteen goals in the last 60 minutes kept the scoreboard active this afternoon. With the huge clash against Sivasspor coming up this weekend, Zico gave most of the starters a break, opting for valuable playing time for key reserves. No one needed an offensive outburst more than much-maligned striker Mateja Kezman, who put four goals in the back of the net to lead all scorers. He was followed by Mehmet Aurelio who got the Canaries rolling in the 31st minute, then added another at the 66-minute mark. Ilhan Parlak also added two goals for Fener in the 52nd minute, and again just three minutes later. Kemal Aslan, having scored two goals last weekend against Gaziantepspor, kept his hot streak going with another goal today in the first half. Colin Kazim-Richards would add a final goal just before the end of regulation to put the Canaries in double-digits for the day.

Volkan Babacan, starting in goal today for Fener, conceded three goals to Alanya. They were the first goals scored by Alanya during their Fortis Türkiye Cup run.

Zico went with a starting eleven of Volkan Babacan, Yasin Cakmak, Gokcek Wederson, Mateja Kezman, Onder Turaci, Ilhan Parlak, Ugur Boral, Gokhan Gonul, Colin Kazim-Richards, Kemal Aslan, and Mehmet Aurelio. Ali Bilgin, Gurhan Gursoy, and Can Arat all saw time as substitutes.

The win means Fenerbahçe has scored 15 goals in their last two games, coming after media criticized the team for a lack of offense previously. The Canaries know, however, the real test comes this weekend when the team travels to Sivas to take on the league-leaders.

After the game, Kezman told reporters "I'm very happy about scoring four goals which made my team the leader of our group. It was not unexpected, as I have been working and training really hard for the last couple of weeks. I knew that my comeback would be that fantastic."

The last two games have temporarily silenced critics who claimed Fener was going through a slump of sorts. A win in Sivas on Sunday would go a long way toward silencing those critics for good.

(photos courtesy of Hurriyet)


Blogger Gulay said...

After the negative reaction to the new Turkey changed shirts, white with turquoise edging the color choice for Fenerbahce was interesting to say the least. Is blue suddenly okay but only for club sides.....does anyone care...just inetersted to hear comments as few of the Turkish Teams play in plain blue whereas in England its quite common.

9:58 PM  
Blogger Nathan L. Redd said...

Yeah, I don't really understand when teams do uniforms in a color that is not one of their actual colors. I get the significance of Turquoise to Turkiye, but still.....I personally don't like Fener's turquoise uniforms or the turqouise stripe on the Milli Takim's shirts.

By the way, Fener introduced these uniforms back last summer; they just haven't worn them much this year. I think this is the only the second or third time they've worn them this year.

Speaking of weird colors and England....NOTHING is more horrid than Chelsea's neon-yellow kits. Ouch....

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