The Istanbul giants could only manage a point between them last week but order was resumed over the weekend as Beşiktaş, Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe recorded victories. The transfer window came to a close on Monday 30 August and the most striking trend was the influx of attacking quality that has entered the league. It is little surprise that there has not yet been a goalless draw and that three games over the weekend featured four or more goals.
Gaziantepspor 0-4 Beşiktaş
Beşiktaş responded to last weeks loss against Trabzonspor in spectacular fashion putting four past Gaziantepspor on the road. Premier League youth academy aficionados were in for a special treat as Gökhan Töre (Ex Chelsea), Oğuzhan Özyakup (former Arsenal) and Kerim Frei (ex Fulham) were involved in all but one of the four goals. However, the Falcons did put up a real fight against the Black Eagles and it was not until Özyakup’s stunning free-kick goal on 80 minutes until the deadlock was broken. Töre stole the limelight giving a man of the match performance and providing an assist for Olcay Şahan as well as Kerim Frei. Cenk Tosun however, will probably be wondering why he did not get a call-up to the Turkish national team after scoring his fourth of the season.
Gençlerbirliği 0-1 Kasımpaşa
Beard-hating president Ilhan Cavcav got rid of Stuart Baxter after just his second game in charge for the Ankara based side last week. The manager axing president will be pleased with the results of his no nonsense policy towards coaches as his side won their first game of the season against Kasımpaşa who were undefeated; in-fact they had not even conceded a goal.
Başakşehir 2-1 Bursaspor
Başakşehir returned to winning ways after losing their opening two games of the season. The Istanbul minnows boss Abdullah Avcı was however, not impressed with his sides defensive performance. Last seasons meanest defence have yet to keep a clean sheet this season. Bursaspor meanwhile are showing early signs that this is going to be a pretty rough season. The Green Crocodiles lost just about every key player over the summer and will take time to settle.
Konyaspor 1-4 Galatasaray
Galatasaray needed a response after losing to Osmanlispor in-front of the home faithful last week. Wesley Sneijder took matters into his own hands as the Dutch maestro scored a brace while Turkish international striker Burak Yılmaz and Chedjou also got on the scoresheet. But as is so often the case nothing is ever that simple in the Super League. New signing Carroll was sent off and Galatasaray ended up selling their other left-back Alex Telles leaving them with a full-back crisis after the international break.
Mersin 1-2 Kayserispor
Mersin are starting to look like early relegation candidates after losing their first three games of the season. Meanwhile newly promoted Kayserispor added to their unbeaten run with a 2-1 victory over the Mediterranean based side.
Eskişehirspor 1-1 Rizespor
EsEs fell victim to Kweuke who cannot stop scoring. The Congo international now has four goals to his name this season and helped maintain Rizespor’s unbeaten run.
Trabzonspor 2-2 Akhisar
The Black Sea Storm will be ruing missing their chance to open up a two-point lead at the top of the table. Trabzonspor were held to a 2-2 draw by Akhisar at the Avni Aker stadium. On a brighter note on-loan Chelsea winger Marko Marin was given his debut coming on in the 80th minute and looked pretty impressive.
Fenerbahçe 2-1 Antalyaspor
Nani setup Robin van Persie for the first time in 598 days last week. The Dutch star reciprocated the favour and provided an assist to his former Manchester United teammate for the opening goal. Antalyaspor equalised late on and looked destined to earn an away point until Nani curled the ball round the wall and the keeper from a free-kick in the seventh minute of additional time. Nani had an excellent game and gave the opposition defence real problems with his quick passing – 60 passes at 90 percent accuracy – and technical ability – more successful dribbles than any other teammate. Whoscored gave Nani a Man of the Match rating with a score on 9.21.
Sivasspor 1-1 Osmanlispor
Osmanlıspor continued their impressive run with an away draw against Sivasspor. The newly promoted side are undefeated this season while Sivasspor are without a single victory.