Fenerbahce hosted Bursaspor in Week 27 of the Turkish Super League in front of a packed crowd that cheered them from well before the opening whistle. The game was tensely played by both sides, but the hosts had the better of their visitors with well-thought and hard-fought plays.
Dirk Kuyt, Moussa Sow and Pierre Webo all scored for Fenerbahce in a 3-0 rout over a Bursaspor side who had their chances, but were unable to capitalize on any of them. Both sides tackled hard, were halted on easy runs and tactically tried to mastermind the other, but the home side always had the upper hand with more dedication and a drive that will most likely lead them to the Super League title for the first time since 2011.
The sad part for Fenerbahce is that they are possibly banned from European competition for another two seasons, which means that second-place Galatasaray would automatically enter the Champions League group stage. Winning the league title without any controversy will be reward enough for a team that has been accused of match-fixing for the past two seasons.
This season, there were some calls made in their favor, but their domination of many opponents surely gives them the respect they deserve.
Caner Erkin, Mehmet Topal and Salih Ucan are the three names that could no longer be seen on the team next season as they are gaining a lot of interest from respected European Leagues such as the Premier League and Serie A. Erkin and Topal are rumored to being courted by Liverpool while Ucan was being looked at by Roma. If these guys continue to have decent seasons, they should depart this summer to increase their abilities.
Besides all of that, Fenerbahce’s next game will be the most-watched derby at Galatasaray this Sunday when points, revenge and pride are all on the line. Fener won the first meeting at home 2-0, and now Gala need to win to avenge that loss, cut the point deficit down to seven and to bring pride back to the colors of red and yellow.