Fenerbahçe beat Kasımpaşa 1-0 at the Recey Tayyip Erdoğan stadium to overtake Istanbul rivals Beşiktaş and move into first place on 10 points after four games.
Yellow Canaries boss Vitor Pereira was forced into making a number of changes to his usual starting line-up with Mehmet Topal and Michal Kadlec being deployed in defence instead of Ba, Simon Kjaer and Bruno Alves who missed the game due to injury.
Ozan Tufan made his first start in central midfield alongside Raul Meireles and Josef de Souza.
Summer signing Josef de Souza scored his first goal since joining the Yellow Canaries from Sao Paulo over the summer transfer window after connecting with Luis Nani’s corner from just outside the six-yard box – his second assist of the season.
The goal was enough to secure Fenerbahçe all three points in the mini-Istanbul derby. De Souza was the man of the match according to Whoscored making the highest number of tackles (6) and interceptions (3) for his team over the course of the 90 minutes.
STADIUM: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
REFEREE: Deniz Ateş Bitnel
KASIMPAŞA: Isaksson, Veysel Sarı, Omeruo, Titi, Veigneau, Donk, Scarione, Hakan Arslan (min. 52 Aydın Yılmaz), Castro, Del Valle (min. 68 Eren Derdiyok), Adem Büyük (min. 85 Malki)
MANAGER: Rıza Çalımbay
FENERBAHÇE: Volkan Demirel, Şener Özbayraklı, Mehmet Topal, Kadlec, Caner Erkin, De Souza, Ozan Tufan, Meireles (min. 88 Volkan Şen), Nani (min. 62 Alper Potuk), Van Persie (min. 62 Markovic), Fernandao
MANAGER: Vitor Pereria
GOAL: min. 42 De Souza (Fenerbahçe)
RED CARD: min. 76 Veysel Sarı (Kasımpaşa)