Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
I have to say that it is sad that in a city of over 5 Million people there was only a few small pockets of Gencler fans there last night, especially when you contrast that with the large Rize travelling support. Things are looking bleak for those long suffering Gencler souls !!!
It was a fairly even 1st half, but Rize looked the more dangerous of the two going forward and I was expecting them to up the pressure in the 2nd half, and that’s exactly what happened as they gradually took control of the match.
It was interesting to note that there were two Ankaragucu ‘old boys’ in the Rize line-up, ie, Alper Potuk and Kubilay Kanatsizkus, both of whom made positive contributions during the match !!
Gencler will be looking for miracles before the mini Winter Break, and as I have said many times here, there are no ‘easy’ matches in The Championship League !!
GENCLERBIRLIGI 1 Rizespor 3
Team – Adiyaman, Metehan, Gokhan, Muhammed, Abdullah, Hrechyshkin, Aksel, Byelyayev, Baris, Ahmet and Ilker
Substitutes – Mert, Altiparmak, Baran and Seyit
Surprisingly, Gencler took the lead in the 6th minute through a well taken goal arising from a corner on the right. The ball was swung over and Abdullah was first to it in front of the goalkeeper to head in unopposed. The Rize defenders will not relish seeing a replay of that goal !!!
20 minutes gone and a similar goal at the other end for Rize to snatch the equaliser. A corner on the left was swung over and Emirhan, surrounded by 4 defenders, headed in with another defender on the goal line unable to reach it and Adiyaman caught out of position.
Approaching half time and Rize claimed handball against a Gencler defender in the box. The referee consulted VAR and quite rightly ruled it out. It looked to me like the defender had his back to the ball and it cannoned off his shoulder, so no doubt the correct decision was made !
It was mostly all Rize in the 2nd half and it was Adiyaman to the rescue 10 minutes in when he made a spectacular save from a goal bound free kick.
However, it was no surprise when Rize took the lead half way through the 2nd half with a piece of predatory skill by Kubilay. A cross came in from the left and Kubilay was in the right place at the right time to side-foot the ball in.
Into time added on and Rize put the sword in to consolidate their win. There didn’t look any danger when a Rize player started an attack on left side of the halfway line. He sent a pass to his right when he found his colleague (No 17 – couldn’t catch his name !!) who surged forward into the box on the right avoiding 3 attempted tackles, cut the ball back into the centre for Farouk to score the easiest goal he will ever score !!
Almost on the full time whistle and Kubilay missed a sitter inside the 6 yard box when he skied his shot off Adiyaman when a cool side-footed shot to either side was all that was needed !
Gencler only had 2 shots on target in the entire match which is a poor return for a team looking to escape from the relegation zone !!
It won’t get any easier for Gencler with an away trip next Saturday to play the surprise package of the season, Bodrumspor, who have only lost 4 matches this season and sit in 7th top position in the league.
As always, watch this space for the outcome.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim