Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
It is normally assumed that, statistically speaking, 0-0 matches are boring and uninteresting. However, that was not the case last night in Sakarya, despite the fact that Sakarya with 60% possession could only manage one shot on target and Gencler only two on target.
The match was played at a fast and furious pace throughout and it was a surprise when the match ended goal-less.
From what I saw last night, both of these teams will soon be regulars in the top third of the league and quite possibly chasing promotion this season.
Sakaryaspor 0 GENCLERBIRLIGI 0
Team – Cetin, Wu, Babacan, Nzaba, Yasin, Rodrigues, Cagiran, Ugur Akdemir, Erturk, Yatabare and Ozturk
Substitutes – Enes, Kemaloglu, Amilton, Karakullukcu and Akabueze
It was end to end in the 1st half with both teams stroking the ball around and creating chances, but the defences were solid and only one real chance occurred in the 1st 45 when Yatabare’s shot from the 18 yard line was deflected around the post for a corner.
Sakarya looked the more likely team to open the scoring in the 2nd half, but the opportunities created lacked the killer instinct in the final 3rd.
Yatabare had another chance half way through the 2nd half, but when well placed in the 6 yard box, his overhead effort was screwed past the post.
The final whistle arrived and I suppose Gencler will be the happier of the two teams to have taken a point in Sakarya. However, I doubt if many visiting teams will be able to do that this season !!
Next up for Gencler on Saturday 26 August is a home match against last season’s surprise package, Bodrumspor, who almost made it into the Super League.
Another chance for Gencler to convert their impressive build-up play into goals and points !!
It remains to be seen if the Eryaman Stadium will be ready by then, or if they will play the match at The Aktepe Stadium again.
As always, watch this space for the outcome.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim