Friday, February 07, 2020
Yeni Malatyaspor 0-1 Ankaragücü match report!
Ankaragücü won their first game in 16 outings since they beat Genclerbirligi in the derby back in September after a 1-0 win in Malatya. Hopefully this is the turning point and the team can kick on and avoid the drop.
Michal Pazdan was ruled out with sickness and replaced with Alihan Kubalas while Ricardo Freidrich made his debut in goal for the injured Korcan. There were also a surprise couple of starters in the team as Ilhan and Scarione were both in the starting 11.
Team - Ricardo, Kitsiou, Kulusic, Alihan, Pinto, Lukasik, Scarione, Saba, Ilhan, Rodrigues, Orgill
Subs - Yigit, Michalak, Atilla, Rivas, Sedat, Orkan, Cebrail, Aydin, Stanojevic, Fatih
Ankaragücü were looking to win the ball high up the pitch with Ilhan and Orgill pressing the defence. That resulted in an early chance for Orgill on the 5th minute but Farnolle made a good save.
At the other end Kjartansson had a chance but his shot was deflected with by Alihan who threw his body in the way of the ball.
Malatyaspor were having the majority of possession but not creating anything of note. At the other end Orgill and Rodrigues were wasteful and some of their touches and link up play was very poor, while Ilhan was anonymous.
Rodrigues went on a run from his own half midway through the first half as he beat Mina on the half way line before going through on goal but his shot was deflected wide.
Just before half time Chaalali had a shot on goal easily saved, before Ricardo also made an excellent save from Kjartansson after a poor back pass by Scarione.
A poor first half performance from Ankaragücü with a severe lack of quality from any of the midfield and attack. Only Lukasik was given pass marks in the first half along with the defence and Ricardo.
Early into the second half Lukasik played through a great ball for Orgill but Mustafa Akbas handled the ball and was the last man resulting in a red card. Ankaragücü were still poor in possession with the man advantage and it was Malatyaspor who almost took the lead as former Ankaragucu man Umut Bulut saw his shot deflected wide.
A few minutes later Ankaragücü had a good counter attack with Saba finding Rodrigues but his shot was straight at Farnolle. Next up was Dever Orgill who saw his shot from the edge of the box well saved again by Farnolle.
Konrad Michalak came on for Ilhan Parlak and made an instant impact as he squared the ball to Rodrigues who then played in Orgill who fired from the edge of the box into the bottom corner making it 0-1 Ankaragücü. Great goal.
A couple of minutes later Saba Lobjanidze had a chance but his shot was saved by Farnolle. At the other end Chaalali saw his free kick deflected just over.
Former Ankaragücü winger Thievy Bifouma was trying to get his side back into the game and almost did just that on the 78th minute but his shot came back off the post.
Four minutes later Saba was put though on goal but Farnolle made another good save. Ankaragücü were pushing for that 2nd and another excellent move saw Atilla cut the ball back for Rodrigues who then saw his shot come back off the bar.
In the last minute Stelios Kitsiou should have finished the game off with another golden chance but somehow dragged his shot wide. Ankaragücü did however hang on for the win much to the delight of the squad and fans which will hopefully give them confidence.
Next up is Fenerbahce next Saturday night at home. Another tough game but with a full stadium maybe we can cause an upset.