Turkish Super Lig Review: Basaksehir Pass Another Hurdle After Beating Fenerbahce, Galatasaray Remain In Title Race

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TOPSHOT - German goalkeeper Loris Karius arrives for a press conference for his presentation at the Vodafone Park Stadium, on August 29, 2018, in Istanbul. - Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has joined Turkish football team Besiktas for a two-year loan deal. (Photo by OZAN KOSE / AFP) (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

Basaksehir passed the first of their final few hurdles with flying colours after beating Fenerbahce in the Istanbul derby.

Abdullah Avci’s side took an early lead before the Yellow Canaries found an equaliser in the second-half.

Fenerbahce have a few golden opportunities to take the lead but ended up having their defence torn in half by Edin Visca who setup Mossorro with the winner.

The defeat saw the Yellow-Navy Blues sink dangerously close to the relegation zone just a single point above the bottom three.

Fenerbahce are well and truly in a relegation scrap. They are tied on 28 points with Bursaspor, Goztepe are just one point behind in 16th place. The three teams immediately above; Ankaragucu, Rizespor and Kasimpasa are on 31 points.

I don’t think the Yellow Canaries will end up getting relegated. But I didn’t think they would be in this position 25 games into the season.

With Basaksehir winning it was vital that Galatasaray kept pace. The Lions crushed Antalyaspor 5-0 at the Turk Telekom Arena. Everton loanee Henry Onyekuru became the first player in the team to reach 10 goals this season. The scoreline may lead you to think the attack are deserving of praise. And they are. But who really stood out was Fernando Muslera. The Yellow-Reds lead by just a single goal until the 65th minute and it was largely thanks to Muslera that the visitors were unable to equalise. The Uruguay international was fantastic in goal, keeping a clean sheet in the process.

Besiktas also ended up winning but had to rely on a last-gasp goal from Shinji Kagawa. The Black Eagles recorded a hard-earned 3-2 victory over Konyaspor at the Vodafone Park Stadium. Thirteen points separate third-placed Besiktas with leaders Basaksehir. The championship looks out of reach but a second-place finish could still be on the cards.

Loris Karius has had a rough few weeks. The Liverpool loanee was at fault for Rizespor’s first goal. Besiktas fans ended up booing the German keeper. To make matters worse head coach Senol Gunes openly criticised his No 1. That’s not the end of it either. Karius claims that he hasn’t been paid in four months. The matter is being investigated by FIFA.

Elsewhere, Trabzonspor are breathing down Besiktas’ neck. The Black Sea based side beat Akhisar 2-1 to move four points behind the Black Eagles.

Konyaspor (5th) and Malatyaspor (6th) continue to drop points as they have done through most of 2019. Malatyaspor ended up losing the central Anatolian derby 2-0 against Sivasspor.

Akhisar meanwhile remain rooted to the bottom of the table six points adrift 16th placed Goztepe. Erzurumspor who are just one point above the Akigolar are not doing much better. Both sides look like they will be relegated.