Your good correspondent is a little under the weather today. I came down with a fever the other day and am still recovering. So don't expect any words of wisdom, not that you ever really get that sort of stuff on the blog, just some sort of straight reporting on Kasimpasa v Genclerbirligi.
The match is being played in Istanbul at the "White Elephants are downright useful compared to here" Stadium rather than the "Definitely no alcohol or adultery" Stadium which Kasimpasa call home. Rather than looking at the absolutely crap squad they have, Kasimpasa officials during the week where whining away that this was the reason they were doing so badly this season.
It seems that the TFF had refused to give the necessary approval for matches to be played at "Certainly no alcohol or adultery allowed" Stadium due to various infrastructure problems which I can't be bothered to research. So, we are playing at the "Will never see an" Olympic Stadium.
Bugger TRT radio today. I've decided to try listening to Lig Radyo. Let's see if they are any better.
Sunny but very windy in Istanbul. National anthems over and off we go. Almost, a minute's silence for soldiers killed in the recently ended Operation Gunes. No one is making a sound.
An enormous crowd for the 80,000 capacity stadium, with about 50 Gencler fans and 200 Kasimpasa fans... why oh why do they play matches at such a crap stadium a million miles from civilization?
A few minutes in and it seems like Engin is going to try and repeat his amazing free kick goal from last week. We reported last week he will never get such a goal again... he kicks and... unfortunately we were right.
Bugger all happening... although the commentator is saying the Gencler defence is looking good.
About 18 minutes in and finally a shot for goal but Kasimpasa stuff it up. Phew. Oh dear, another chance for Kasimpasa, the ball goes out but Gencler have to be careful.
23rd minute: Free kick to Kasimpasa in the same place where they scored the only goal in their match against Galatasaray. Six men in the wall. Fingers crossed... missed... one metre over, or possibly to the side of, the post
30 seconds later and another missed shot from Kasimpasa. Bloody hell Gencler, we were at least two-nil up by this stage last week!
We seem to be getting our fair share of the ball but can't sort out the last passes... Get on with it!
Mehmet Cakir in a great position, passes it towards Okan but the ball is stolen... dear oh dear. Almost half time.
Half time 0-0. I'm falling asleep.
Mehmet Cakir has been taken off. mmm
Getting a few shots but none are brilliant... none of them even sound as if they are halfway to brilliant, as the commentator just said, there has been little decent football all match.
El Saka saves our blushes heading the ball out from a dangerous position and then a few seconds later Kasimpasa just miss a shot on goal.
With four or five players waiting in front of goal Erhan sends the ball out. This is pathetic. About 12 minutes left.
Isaac Promise... You flamin' galah! In a bomboş position with just a minute to go Isaac stuffs up.
And that's it.
Kasimpasa 0 - 0 Genclerbirligi
Radio-wise, like TRT radio, Lig radio doesn't go for analysis. Lig radio doesn't even bother with going around the grounds. But they did give the full 90 minutes of the Gencler match and for that reason I'll be listening to Lig radio from now on.