The Super League brought about yet another Turkish rivalry last night in Istanbul as Fenerbahce hosted Trabzonspor in a boring and eventful draw. Goals were not scored but tempers flared and opportunities were created.
Both defenses were on their game while the keepers stood strong in their respective frames. The strikers from both sides struggled to create open opportunities due to the sturdiness by all parties in the defensive third on either side. Hence, the match finished in a goalless draw.
However, if one side had to be chosen in a debate regarding who deserved the win, it would have to be home side as Fener did create some decent half chances that that did manage to trouble Trabzon keeper Onur Kivrak. The best shot of the game arrived courtesy of Pierre Webo, who rocked the cross bar from a slight distance away from goal. Moussa Sow also managed to miss a couple of chances of his own with one of them being a spectacular attempt of a bicycle kick.
At one point in the match, Fener coach Ersun Yanal switched his team’s formation to a 4-2-4 which was smart offensively but very dangerous defensively as hitting them on the counter was a bit easier. Lucky for them, the visitors failed to construct a speedy and successful counter as the ball was passed once or twice with the receiving player looking to run the ball up himself. This was never going to work against a team that recovered just as quickly as they sprinted up the field.
None of these sides were able to dominate the other which proves the point that the torch is no longer in the hands of the top sides in the nation. Maybe one day soon we may be able to see a new champion of Turkish soccer be rightfully crowned.