Week 5 saw Beşiktaş score their 3000th league goal, Fenerbahçe moving three points clear at the top of the table and Galatasaray joining the early title race plus a whole lot more.
Başakşehir 2-0 Akhisar
Abdullah Avcı will be delighted with the win but perhaps even more pleased with his side keeping their first clean sheet of the season. Last seasons meanest defence has looked rather less menacing this season but the former Turkish national team coach has started to steady the ship once again. The defeat was a season first for Akhisar but more worryingly the Akigolar have only managed to pick up two points on the road.
Mersin 0-4 Osmanlıspor
Galatasaray dropping points to Mersin was made to look even more embarrassing as even newly promoted Osmanlıspor managed to put four past the Mediterranean based side. Papa Alioune Ndiaye was the star of the show scoring a hat trick for the away side in what was their most emphatic victory since promotion.
Rizespor 5-1 Antalyaspor
Antalyaspor were on fire going into the game with Samuel Eto’o in red hot form but it was Deniz Kadah who stole the limelight with the weekends second hat trick. Eren Albayrak also deserves a special mention for providing three assists in what was a brilliant performance from the 24-year-old left-back.
Sivasspor 0-0 Konyaspor
The weeks sole goalless draw was a borefest at Sivas. The main talking point was Jerónimo Barrales getting sent off for a second yellow card offence on 77 minutes.
Eskişehirspor 0-3 Kasımpaşa
The Istanbul minnows returned to winning ways with a convincing win over one of the leagues strongest home sides. Kasımpaşa also kept their third clean sheet of the season and have the best defensive record in the league having conceded just twice all season. Eren Derdiyok’s goal wasn’t half bad either.
Trabzonspor 0-1 Galatasaray
Trabzonspor hit the cross-bar twice and to be fair had the lion share of the chances but it was an own goal from M’bia that ended up gifting Galatasaray a vital three points. The victory helped alleviate some of the mounting pressure building up on manager Hamza Hamzaoğlu but Burak Yılmaz picked up an injury ruling him out for a month which will be a concern. On a brighter note midfield duo Jose Rodriguez and Bilal Kısa showed an unexpected understanding in central midfield and on-loan Manchester City Jason Denayer was impressive once again in his second consecutive start for the Istanbul giants.
Gaziantepspor 1-0 Kayserispor
The Falcons took home all three points thanks to a Muhammet Demir penalty but Ildiz who came on as a second half substitute managed to get himself sent off with just half an hour remaining in the game.
Fenerbahçe 2-1 Bursaspor
Fenerbahçe responded to their 3-1 home defeat against Molde in the Europa League in not-so-impressive fashion. The Yellow Canaries put pressure on Bursaspor in spells but it came down to former Manchester United stars Luis Nani and Robin van Persie to rescue all three points from the Green Crocodiles. Nani has now been directly involved – assist and goal – in five of the Yellow Canaries last six goals. On-loan Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic also made his first start for Fenerbahçe and setup Nani with the opening goal on 20 minutes. Van Persie came on as a second half substitute on 77 minutes and in typical fashion scored with his first shot on goal just two minutes later to move the Istanbul giants three points clear at the top of the table.
Beşiktaş 1-1 Gençlerbirliği
The Black Eagles will be disappointed with being held to a 1-1 draw and failing to move within one point of first placed Fenerbahçe. Gökhan Töre did however, have something to celebrate as he scored the Istanbul giants 3000th league goal. Töre now has four assists and one goal in five games for Beşiktaş this season.