Friday, May 05, 2023

Ankaragucu - Concentration Lapse!!



Greetings Kankas and Kankies. 


Last night in the Semi Final of the Turkish Cup 1st Leg in Istanbul, Ankaragucu scorned the opportunity to return to Ankara for the 2nd Leg all square at 0-0.       Despite playing against 10 men for the 2nd half, Ankaragucu failed to seriously trouble the goalkeeper, and after a lack of discipline by the defence at the end of the match were made to pay the price   !! 


Realistically, it was probably a big ask for Ankaragucu to claim a famous victory, but in all probability the game plan was not to concede a goal, and it almost worked. 


A basic lack of concentration and discipline by the defence almost on the final whistle enabled Basaksehir to make a fast break, and with Bahadir totally exposed, Figueiredo had the simple task of ‘stealing’ a vital goal which gives them a head start in the 2nd Leg in Ankara on 24 May. 


Basaksehir             1               ANKARAGUCU          0 


Team – Bahadir, Kevin, Atakan, Mujakic, Kitsiou, Andrej, Pedrinho, Matej, Emre, Ali Sowe and Milson 


Substitutes – Diack, Tasos, Taylan and Oko 


The warning signs from Basak came as early as the first minute when they scored a goal, but it was correctly ruled out for offside. 


It was mostly one way traffic towards Bahadir in the 1st half with the Ankaragucu defence working overtime and Bahadir saving goal bound attempts. 


Then just before half time in a rare Ankaragucu attack, Milson was brought down by Touba as he was about to go one on one with the goalkeeper.     The referee brought out the yellow card, but was then directed to VAR and then produced the RED card. 


I have to say that the large Ankaragucu travelling support were in fine voice throughout the match with high volume – it felt just like a HOME match   !!! 


I should also mention the fact that Alexsik (who had received a yellow card earlier in the match) was hooked in time added on in the 1st half, probably as a ‘panic measure’   !! 


I would also like to praise the workrate of Ali who continuously tracked back throughout the match to help his defence, especially in dead ball situations   ! 


Ankaragucu had a couple of possible chances in the 2nd half, but only Oko’s attempt is worth mentioning when his shot from the left of the box went just past the right post with Ali unable to get a touch to it before the ball went out of play. 


Near the end a 2nd RED card was shown to Basak when the Assistant Coach obviously said something which shouldn’t have been uttered   !!      The 1st Coach was already in the Directors Box serving a touch line ban   !!! 


Then 4 minutes into time added on and ‘the sword was thrust’ into Ankaragucu after their sterling efforts to deny Basak the crucial goal.      Ankaragucu was obviously seeking to sneak a winning goal and were flooding the Basak area in their search, but when the ball was cleared from the Basak defence the fast attack was on.    The ball was carried down the right wing with the Ankaragucu defenders scurrying back in panic.     The ball was crossed to the only Basak attacker in the area with Atakan unable to cut it out, and it was so easy for Figueiredo to score unopposed with 3 other Ankaragucu defenders unable to get back quick enough to tackle him. 


A cruel blow, but, nevertheless, a classic goal for Coaches to use for Development Teams on how to punish defences caught out of position   !!! 


No prizes for guessing the tactics which will be necessary for Ankaragucu in the 2nd Leg   !!!    Also, for those optimists in our ranks, there is still hope that Ankaragucu can do the necessary and reach the Final. 


As always, keep watching this space   ! 


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim 

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