The Süper Lig leaders Trabzonspor won against Göztepe and Fenerbahçe won against Kayserispor as the Turkish top-flight football league began with coronavirus measures on June 12.
Visitors Trabzonspor took the lead as Nigerian forward Anthony Nwakaeme scored by header in the 16th minute, 1-0. He was unmarked in the penalty area.
Near the end of the first half Trabzonspor’s Brazilian winger, Guilherme was sent off after a foul against Goztepe midfielder Andre Castro.
So visitors were down to 10 men.
In the early minutes of the second half, Trabzonspor was awarded a penalty as Norwegian forward Alexander Sorloth was brought down in the area.
Ghanaian forward Caleb Ekuban converted the penalty kick successfully as Trabzonspor doubled their lead, 2-0.
Similar to Trabzonspor, Göztepe were given a penalty kick as English forward Cameron Jerome was fouled.
Göztepe narrowed the gap to one after Turkish-Belgian defender Alpaslan Öztürk scored from the white spot in the 57th minute, 1-2.
This goal encouraged the home team but in 84th minute, Trabzonspor made the score 3-1.
Trabzonspor midfielder Abdülkadir Ömür had the ball while he was entering the Göztepe penalty area on a counter-attack.
Göztepe goalkeeper Beto left his goal to parry the ball but it was deflected by Ömür towards the Göztepe goal.
Meanwhile, the Turkish defender of Göztepe, Berkan Emir ran after the ball but was unable to clear it from the goal line, scoring an own goal.
After the goal Ömür was subbed out due to injury caused by collision with Beto.
The late goal clinched the victory for Trabzonspor.
So Trabzonspor, who are on the top of the Super Lig, boosted their points to 56.
Everyone outside the pitch in Gürsel Aksel Stadium- including police forces- wore face masks as part of the coronavirus measures.
10-men Fenerbahçe topple Kayserispor
Fenerbahçe fought hard to beat Hes Kablo Kayserispor 2-1 in the league match in Istanbul.
Visitors Kayserispor broke the deadlock in the 59th minute as midfielder Bernard Mensah from Ghana scored a freekick goal.
This goal upset Fenerbahçe as in the first half they were reduced to 10 men, as Turkish midfielder Ozan Tufan was shown the red card after a hard tackle.
Fenerbahçe came back near the end of the match with consecutive goals.
Yellow Canaries’ forward Vedat Muriqi equalized with a penalty kick in 87th minute and Brazilian midfielder Luiz Gustavo scored the winning goal for his team just a minute after the equalizer, 2-1.
Seventh-placed Fenerbahçe had 43 points.
As the matches in Turkey were held behind closed doors, cardboard fans filled the Fenerbahçe’s Ülker Stadium.
Substitutes sitting on chairs respected social distancing rules and wore masks to avoid the virus.
Each team in Super Lig is able to substitute five players during a match, one of the measures for the fight against the COVID-19.
Göztepe – Trabzonspor: 1-3
Fenerbahçe – Hes Kablo Kayserispor: 2-1
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