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Monday, 26 March 2012 20:21

Fernandes magic not enough for Besiktas

Black Eagles held by city rivals as Bebe makes injury comeback

Manuel FernandesManuel Fernandes scored his fifth league goal of the season and helped set up another, but the Black Eagles were consigned to only a share of the spoils by their lesser known city rivals Istanbul B.B. in an absorbing encounter at Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul.


Manager Carlos Carvalhal was without Hugo Almeida and Ricardo Quaresma (injured) but started Simao and Manuel Fernandes, the latter being of particular importance to the Black Eagles’ cause. The Turkish club’s fifth Portuguese player, Bebe, made his comeback after months out injured as a late substitute.

Besiktas came into their last derby match of the season on somewhat of a high note after their brilliant performance against Manisaspor, but it didn’t show for much of the opening half.

Slow start from Besiktas

Istanbul B.B. started the match in commanding fashion, but it was perhaps more due to Besiktas’ incompetence in possession than their own ability. The hosts made their early dominance count in only the sixth minute when the ball fortuitously bounced into the path of Inanc, who thundered in a shot off the left upright that left keeper Cenk Gonen with little chance.

Istanbul B.B.’s early aggression diminished after the goal and the game went into a lull for much of the remainder of the half. Besiktas sought out an equaliser, but as in games gone by, were unable to create any clear-cut chances.

Brilliant Fernandes strike

Then, seemingly out of nowhere, Besiktas drew level after a brilliant piece of skill from Manuel Fernandes. Keeper Kenan Hasagic’s throw was acrobatically plucked out of the air by the Portuguese midfielder, who then proceeded up field in traffic, played a lovely one-two with Mustafa Pektemek, and finished as cool as ice into the far corner of the net.

Fernandes’ goal seemed to inspire the entire squad, and within five minutes of the restart, Besiktas were ahead. Fernandes, who was truly having a blinder by this point, once again initiated the goal-scoring move. Besiktas countered at pace with Fernandes on the ball, and just when it looked like he would slow the pace of the attack, he played a wonderful through ball to Simao, who’s cross was met six yards from goal by Pektemek.

All of a sudden, the match was ignited and the hosts were denied only by the woodwork in the 51st minute. Besiktas too created some fine chances to score and were immensely profligate on more than occasion. The game went end to end, but neither team could put the finishing touches to their sparkling attacking play, that is, until Visca struck in the 70th minute.

A cross from the right, that really should have been easily dealt with somehow found its way into the back of the net off Visca. Replays appeared to show the ball bouncing in off the knee of Visca, who was as surprised as anyone to see the ball find its way to him through several Besiktas defenders.

Bebe gets a run-out

Portuguese striker Bebe made his long awaited return in the 76th minute, and had his first sight of goal minutes later after being played through the right channel. The on-loan Manchester United forward cut back well onto his right foot, but finished well over the bar.

The hosts nearly had the last word in stoppage time, but Cenk Gonen did just enough to push Visca’s shot wide of the left upright with only two minutes left to play.

The Black Eagles remain in 4th place with two matches remaining in the Turkish Super Lig.

by Nathan Motz

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Comments (8)
@G/USA
8 Tuesday, 27 March 2012 23:22
Its not completely their fault that they have dropped points and are not currently 1st in the Turkish league. The only player who has sucked and who has pretty much always sucked is Hugo Almeida. Quaremsa and Simao have been great for Besiktas. As well as the most important player Manuel Fernandes! Bebe was injured so you can't expect him to have helped, he only just came back late in this game here. Countless games, Besiktas will go up first and be leading the game only for their defense to throw it away. Honestly its their back four and goalkeeper if anything that really needs improvement for them to win titles. Also since Hugo Almeida is a totally average and uninspiring forward they would be better off playing Mustafa Pektemek all the time or just buying a top quality striker. Manuel Fernandes, Quaresma and Simao have been great players for Besiktas so its unfair of you to say otherwise. Its their defense and "striker" that needs improvement!
not yet enough
7 Tuesday, 27 March 2012 20:12
All these Portuguese players are not enough for the success of Besiktas. They are not consistent with their performance. Q7, Almeida, Simao are totally disappointing. Bebe has not played over 7 months. Only Fernandes is trying his best at this point but not really helping Besiktas to win the title in Turkish soccer. They will play 6 more games for the play-offs but no chance to win the title.

Fernandes is a very talended player but Besiktas gave him an opportunity to prove himself back again. He should really be appreciated for a team that made him alive again.
@Dave/UK
6 Tuesday, 27 March 2012 18:54
Fernandes is fully capable of playing in top teams. He was a star player every where he was in Besiktas, Pourtsmouth, Everton, AND in Valencia he was a big player for their midfield and was actually initially ahead of Ever BAnega in the pecking order before he got injured. When he was starting and playing in Valencia he was great for them. What happened was that he got injured and had alot of recurrences of the injury and then he can sometimes be a sort of bad boy, and there were some bad incidents with him and Miguel going out and partying too much, and being on the news etc for it, and he was fined like twice I think for stuff like that. So by the time he had come back from injury because of his misdemeanors as well, Ever Banega who is a player very similar to Fernandes, became Unai Emery's first choice box to box mid. That is all that happened bro. It wasn't that Manuel Fernandes didn't have the quality to be a star in the team. He was starring for a while and if Emery had more faith in him, he could have gone on to be great for them as well! Manuel Fernandes has all the ability AND now since he as matured the mentality to be a star in a top team in a top league!
Fernandes
5 Tuesday, 27 March 2012 09:25
I don't any clubs will pay him the money besiktas is. If he's willing to take a paycut, he can risk playing for a bigger team and end up being a sub again like at valencia.
@Dave
4 Tuesday, 27 March 2012 02:36
Are you sure with your comments?i think galatasaray or fenerbahce are the same level with besiktas,,so there is no use for fernandes to move playing there...i think fernandes deserve to play in tottenham,,he already gain some experience in EPL with portsmouth and everton..simply he's just too good for besiktas..
Fernandes
3 Monday, 26 March 2012 23:07
I think what stop fernandes from being world class is two things. The first being his lack of pace, he lacks pace and without the ball is always late getting to it. The second concerns him being error prone especially in defence.

These two areas stop him from being the world class player he should be. He is a great player, but would find it hard to cement his place in any of the great teams in the world.

Honestly he should go to either Fenerbahce or Galatsaray and compete in the champions league.That would be best for him.
Fernandes Is Class!
2 Monday, 26 March 2012 21:35
He always has been and still is! Unai Emery for some reason just didn't value or give Manuel as much regard as he deserved and got from all of his other managers. Benfica (Camacho/Trapattoni), Portsmouth (Redknapp), Everton (Moyes), and now Besiktas (Carvalhal). He's been brilliant at all of those clubs and at Benfica he was simply sold for his career's development and Benfica's profit, and at Portsmouth they simply didn't have the money to afford him, and at Everton it was the same story that they really wanted him but just didn't have the money to sign him permanently. Emery for whatever reasons didn't treat him as well as he should have. Thats all past as he has again been showing in Besiktas that he is top class. There's been a rumor that Tottenham are looking to make an offer for him, and if Harry Redknapp stays at Tottenham, this will be a perfect move for Fernandes! No disrespect to Besiktas, but I much rather have a player of his talent for Portugal playing in a top team in a top league in the world. Redknapp already knows Fernandes well and has a good relationship with him. Tottenham are currently 4th in the league and have a talented squad. I think it would be a great move for him. But on the other hand Besiktas is alright, but they just need to get a better defense. Besiktas' defense always lets them down. Also striker wise with Hugo Almeida they're just okay. Mustafa Pektemek is more talented but still not really world class. I wouldn't be upset if he stayed in Besiktas but for them to even win the Turkish league they need to strongly invest in improving their defense! I always thought Man Utd should have bought Manuel Fernandes instead of Anderson. Anyways, he is a world class player!
Fernandes
1 Monday, 26 March 2012 21:12
Manuel Fernandes is having a brilliant season and I have read recently that Jose Mourinho wants him at Real Madrid. I know that Meireles has been a consistent performer for the seleccao over the last few years, but this season for Chelsea, his form has been atrocious. He is usually a hard working and a reliable passer of the ball. He is also good at making runs into the box from deep. However, this season his passing has been embarrassingly sloppy and his defending is nonexistent. Other than a decent work rate, he has offered nothing to Chelsea.

Manuel Fernandes, unlike Meireles, is excellent defensively. He is much stronger physically and he's a great tackler. He is also much better on the ball, better technically, better passer, and a better goal scorer.

I know that when on form, Meireles can be a very good midfielder, but Fernandes is much better at pretty much every aspect of the game. I know many will disagree with me, but I really think that Fernandes deserves a chance to start a friendly with Ronaldo, Nani, Moutinho and the other starters.

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