Going into the second round of play off fixtures, Fenerbache stood five point behind bitter rivals Galatarsaray, with a daunting trip to the Turk Telecom Arena ahead. Former Chelsea midfielder endeared himself to the away fans as he scored the winner in a 2-1 victory for the defending champions.
Swiss defender Reto Ziegler fired home for the visitors in the 17th minute following an Alex De Sousa bass that split the centre backs. Before the game the hosts had built an electric atmosphere, unveiling a 50foot 3D lion, but the team from across the river took the lead against the run of play. Selcuk Inan’s free kick leveled the scores in the 68th minute, and Fenerbahce’s fans looked concerned as start striker Moussa Sow had been taken off injured and the home team’s dominance grew.
Felipe Melo’s dominance in midfield was evident as Galatasaray created chance after chance, but were unable to convert any. As if often the case, their lackluster finishing cost them as Stoch broke through their lines and converted the second of the two clear cut chances the visiting team created.
The result leaves Fenerbahce hot on the heels of Galatasaray, although the news that Moussa Sow will miss the remaining games with a torn hamstring. Gala’s lead has been cut to just two point now, and face a tricky trip to face Trabzonspor next week. The team from the north coast saw off Besiktas 1-0, with Halil Altinstop securing all three points at the Huseyin Avni Aker stadium, moving up to third in the table.
Bursaspor edged Istanbul 3-2 in the other play off group on Saturday. The hosts opened the scoring in 7th Minute through Doka Madureira, but in 25th Minutes team mate Mauel Holmen scored an own goal to level the tie. Stanislav Sestak and Turgay Bahadir scored ether side of half time for Bursa who managed to hold on following a late strike from Holmen at the right end.
The other fixture saw Sivasspor earn a point in a 1-1 draw away to Eskishirspor. Batuhan Karadeniz opened the scoring for the hosts and Czech Jakub Navratil leveled in the second half. The result leaves Sivasspor top of the group with 29, Bursaspor remain a solitary point behind, with the whole group being separated by only three.
Galatasaray 1 – 2 Fenerbahce
Trabzonspor 1 – 0 Besiktas
Eskisehirspor 1 – 1 Sivasspor
Bursaspor 3 – 2 Istanbul BB