Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Similar to last week against Sivas, Ankaragucu scorned scoring chances last night with the main perpetrators being Orgill, Faty and Rodrigues. It will be impossible for Ankaragucu to move out of the relegation zone if they refuse to take these goal scoring chances. Chance after chance went begging !!
It was a scrappy match with 31 fouls and 8 yellow cards. Also, the referee, Arda Kardesler, had a shocker and I’m at a loss to understand how he managed to achieve his FIFA badge. A disgraceful and biased performance from him all slanted towards Besiktas. He will have to live with his conscience !!
Besiktas 2 ANKARAGUCU 1
Team – Ricardo, Kitsiou, Kulusic, Pazdan, Atilla, Lukasik, Faty, Sedat, Michalak, Rodrigues and Orgill
Substitutes – Saba, Scarione and Ilhan
The kankas met-up in The Alerta Bar – Maniac Kanka Harun, Apple Kanka Erman, Battle Damaged Kanka Damon and Haluk Kanka.
Besiktas almost opened the scoring in the 3rd minute when they broke at speed down the right and when the cross came in there were 3 attackers unmarked waiting to plant the ball in the back of the net. However, the cross was behind all 3 of them and the ball was cleared.
However, just one minute later and a controversial decision which changed the course of the match. Faty made a half-hearted and clumsy tackle inside the box and the Besiktas player made a theatrical dive to the ground in death throws. The referee pointed to the spot despite requests from Sedat and Faty to check the VAR.
Burak stepped up and sent Ricardo the wrong way. Even some of the Besiktas supporters in the Alerta were looking a bit sheepish at the decision !!!
The goal inspired Besiktas into further attacks and Burak missed two good chances by firing past the post when in good positions. Also, Boyd missed one too by firing past the post.
It was then the turn of Ankaragucu to scorn chances when Orgill missed a cross from the right when all he had to do was connect with the ball and it would have gone in.
Approaching half time and another controversial decision by the referee when Sedat was brought down in the box by Karius and the referee waved play on. Disgraceful decision especially after seeing the replay.
5 minutes to go before the break and at last a decision for Ankaragucu when a free kick was given just outside the box in the centre. Up stepped Rodrigues and the ball went flying well over the bar similar to his free kicks last week against Sivas. When will Rodrigues ever hit the target again me asks ??!!
Battle Damaged Kanka Damon’s comment at half time was ............ ‘the only thing Besiktas have that Ankaragucu doesn’t have is ................ a striker like Burak’ !!!
The 2nd half resumed with Ankaragucu still intent on attacking but time and again they were caught dithering on the ball and being easily dispossessed allowing Besiktas to break at speed. Thankfully their strikers were copying Rodrigues and firing off target.
Orgill finally scored but his goal was disallowed after being in an offside position when he received the ball.
15 minutes to go and Faty had a great chance to find the equaliser when he was put through with only Karius to beat but he shot past the post.
Approaching the final whistle and it looked like Orgill went to sleep when he passed to a colleague on the left but remained stationary while the ball was returned with no Orgill in sight. Sloppy and unforgivable !!
2 minutes to go and Ankaragucu gave a present to Besiktas. Pazdan was caught napping and lost control of the ball to Ljajic who fired in past a helpless Richardo for No2.
Into time added on and the referee decided it was time to compensate Ankaragucu for all his wrong calls and give them a consolation penalty after he consulted VAR. Why didn’t he consult VAR before in the previous two controversial moments of the match ??!!
Up stepped Ilhan to make no mistake. However, it was too late to do any further damage, although Rodrigues did have a chance to start an attack but he was easily dispossessed.
Next Friday is crunch time for Ankaragucu when the play Rize at home in a crucial bottom of the league clash. Even winning this match may not lift Ankaragucu out of the relegation zone but it will go a long way to restoring confidence for the more difficult matches to come in the run-in.
We have not given up hope of avoiding relegation ............. yet !!!
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim