Just prior to kick off I was amazed to see Kayserispor, no wins in five, priced to win at 6/5 with a resurgent Gençlerbirliği approaching 3/1. As much as it pains me to take bookmakers money I stuck my bets on (couple of quid on 0-1, 0-2 and Gençlerbirliği ht/ft.)
The opening exchanges of the match were cagey. The breakthrough came after 20 minutes. Gençlerbirliği were fortunate when a Djalma shot was inadvertently blocked by a Kayserispor arm. The ref pointed to the spot and Stancu calmly scored.
Following the goal we were comfortable to allow Kayserispor possession and play on the break. This led to a fantastic second goal for Gençlerbirliği on 40 minutes. Şahin clipped a nicely weighted through ball to Djalma who expertly lobbed the onrushing keeper.
The second half continued in the same vein as the first ended. They had the ball but we had control of the match. In the last five minutes they piled everyone forward and created a few half chances but they deserved and got nothing. This was an organized and clinical away performance, marshalled by the reliable defensive duo Calik and Kulusic. As in recent matches all the players put a shift in. Bring on Galatasaray next week.