Attendance: Spine, As-Yet-Unnamed Danish Kanka, a few thousand others.
Gencler Goals: Tomic 59, Dimitriadis 74
Notable events: Rize's Kweuke insisting he must take the penalty, ignoring
coach Hikmet Karaman, and then ranting and posturing at the coach after he scored.
Summary: Gençler dominated the game for long stretches, notably the 20
minutes either side of the half. But Rize were better at taking
chances and the home side sat back when they went 2-1 up and
practically invited the equaliser. Rize's late winner was just a bit
of individual inspiration by the fired-up Kweuke. A draw would have
Gençler don't seem to be playing wingers. This meant wide gaps on
the flanks at some stages, which Rize generally did not exploit.
Gençler Players Positioned, Numbered, and Rated As TV Show
Ferhat Kaplan (Keeper, 1): Generally competent with good
distribution but worrying lack of understanding with Atta. Reggie
Perin, The Rise and Fall of Reginal Perrin.
Ahmet Oğuz (Right-back, 5): Seems like a nice chap who can play.
Chandler Bing, Friends.
Ahmet Çalık (Centre-back, 2): Has become Captain and looks set to
step up to meet great expectations for this new season. Rebecca,
Walid Atta (Centre-back, 26): Looks classy on the ball. Inspires
confidence in everyone except Ferhat. Lee Adama, Battlestar
Iasmin Latovlevici (Left-back, 14): Encouraging new arrival who
may lead the gang to greater things. Frank Reynolds, It's Always Sunny in
Olafur Skulason (Defensive Midfield?, 22): Ball winner, worked
hard. Bron, Game of Thrones.
Panajotis Dimitriadis (Midfield, 8): Wonderfully placed header for
second goal. Good distribution. The Eleventh Doctor.
Martin Spelman (Right Midfield, 88 (subbed min 58 by Berat Tosun)): Seemed
stretched at times. Was he playing the middle or the right? Missed a
few shots but worked hard and tackled hard. Terry McCann, Minder.
İrfan Can Kahveci, (In the hole as them who knows these things
say, 17): A lot rides on Irfan and he sometimes over-thinks things.
He can and did create chances, but can also waste them with too many
touches. Sheldon, The Big Bang Theory.
Bogdan Stancu (Striker 10 (subbed min 15 by Nemanja Tomic)): Didn't see enough of
him. Took a crunching early-match tackle. Hope the injury isn't
serious and his return will be rapid, maybe with added alien powers. Phil
Coulson, Marvel's Agents of SHIELD.
Mostapha El Kabir (Striker, 11): Always a danger and fully committed.
Missed a couple of chances against Rize but remains a real asset.
Buffy Summers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Berat Tosun (Striker, 9): Active, chased the ball, found space.
Good to see another young, strong option up front. Bjorn, Vikings.
Nemanja Tomic (Up Front Somewhere, 7): Took his chance very well,
and must have had a solid game because I didn't notice him much either way. Willow Rosenberg, Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Evidence Spine Needs a Phone With Better Camera, and a Proper Chin: