The Super League brought about a very tough road test for Rizespor as they visited the reigning champions, Galatasaray. The game was somewhat balanced and it brought about the scoreline of 1-1, as the spoils ended up being shared at the Ali Sami Yen.
The home side played without a head coach and, at times, it certainly showed, as the home side lost the ball more than once in dangerous areas around the field. The worst part of Gala’s game was the fact that they missed a plethora of chances both in the first and second half.
The one player that missed two clear-cut ones is none other than the 18-year-old winger, Bruma.
Bruma along, with Burak Yilmaz, missed some easy chances in front of frame, and only blaming it on bad luck would be the wrong way to go about it. The players did everything right to open up space, but even if the keeper was off his line, they somehow managed to miss the goal completely.
The team is simply missing that X-factor that was there throughout the entirety of last season. They are having trouble finishing easy opportunities against somewhat simply defenses to beat. However, Rize is not a team that should be taken lightly, and it is important to remember that.
Rize is playing extremely well under Riza Calimbay, who has allowed his team to attack whenever they want and has even attracted some of the world’s already developed talent, as well as rising stars. This team played with heart, passion, intelligence, bravery and hustle, which is why they earned a well-deserved point in Istanbul.
Now, the Black Sea side sits in second place with 13 points, just two behind Fenerbahce. Galatasaray is in 10th with seven points.