Fenerbahce have shown a good response to their 3-0 defeat at Rize last weekend, beating Spartak Trnava 2-0 in the second group game in the Europa League. Man of the evening in Kadikoy was Islam Slimani.
An outstanding playing Islam Slimani ensures that the sporting crisis in runner-up Fenerbahce does not worsen. In a one-sided game the team of Phillip Cocu had little trouble with the Slovak guest from Trnava and won the match in front of the nearly 33,000 spectators clearly 2-0. In the parallel match of Group J defeated Dinamo Zagreb the outnumbered RSC Anderlecht also easily 2-0. The Croatians are still in the lead with six points, followed by Fenerbahce and Trnava with three points each. On the third matchday the Turkish runner-up will be in Anderlecht, Zagreb will have to go to Slovakia to Trnava.
Surprisingly, Cocu sat after the 0-3 shame in Rize on a three-way with defensive boss Martin Skrtel, Roman Neustädter and Diego Reyes. However, the trio was rarely required. Fenerbahce dictated from the beginning of the events in the Ülker Stadium, but without being able to put playful highlights. The yellow-navy blue were too unsettled after the poor results in the previous weeks, but had at least two good chances in the first half thanks to striker Slimani. It was better after the break, as the Cocu-team came out of the cab much more playful and also met with Slimani for highly deserved leadership. After Andre Ayew and Hasan Ali Kaldirim missed the preliminary decision, it was again Slimani, who turned in a cross from Ayew to 2:0. The Algerian striker became a match winner with his brace, but would have had to score at least two more with more consistent chances. Already after the 0:1 the extremely destructive guests had nothing to oppose the Turks. The second goal of Slimani drew the team of Radoslav Latal final tooth.
Besiktas, on the other hand, has suffered a damper in Europa League Group I. The Eagles were unfortunately mishandled by Malmö FF in Sweden.
Besiktas were beaten 2-0 at the second UEFA Europa League group match day by Malmö FF. After the defeat all four group opponents now have three points on the account, as Sarpsborg 08 FF defeated the KRC Genk 3-1 in parallel.
Besiktas coach Senol Günes revved against Malmö to start with Gökhan Töre and Jeremain Lens on the wing and Necip Uysal in the defensive center alongside Gary Medel. Both teams were trying for a controlled game. After fifteen minutes the guests from Istanbul became dangerous. Lens prevailed against his opponent on the left wing and pulled into the penalty area, where the Dutchman Johan Dahlin could not overcome. Immediately thereafter Gökhan Töre had the lead on his foot, but Dahlin parried again sovereign and cleared the shot over the crossbar.
Adem Ljajic was a bit late on striker Vagner Love, who got too late and got stuck on Dahlin. On the opposite side Loris Karius had to intervene twice in the goal of Besiktas. Once in a dangerous high ball in the penalty area and then in a shot by ex-Bremers Marcus Rosenberg (36). In the first half none of the teams wanted to score a goal. Consequently, it went scoreless in the break.
The second half could not have started worse for Besiktas. A deflected by Caner Erkin flank surprised BJK keeper Karius and landed in the gate of the Turks. After the 0:1 Besiktas tried to equalize. Vagner Love had a good opportunity in the penalty area and tried the turn. Once again, Dahlin was on the spot and also took that chance. After a free-kick Pepe hit, but the Portuguese was offside, so that the score did not count. After a long ball Erkin, who celebrated his 30th birthday today, brought down Andreas Vindheim in the penalty area. There were yellow and penalty. Rosenberg certainly converted the penalty to 2:0, which was finally the final score. On 25 October, Besiktas will welcome Belgian club KRC Genk in Istanbul in their third group match.