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    Beşiktaş has one foot in Fortis final

    Hürriyet Daily News
    22.04.2009 - 00:00 | Son Güncelleme:

    ISTANBUL - Three days after missing out on taking the top spot in the Turkcell Super League, Beşiktaş will be looking for consolation in the Fortis Turkish Cup tonight. Beşiktaş takes on Ankaraspor at home at İnönü Stadium in the second leg of the semifinal second leg game with a considerable advantage.

    The Black Eagles won the first-leg match at Ankaraspor 3-1 on March 3, thanks to goals by Mattias Delgado, Fabian Ernst and Yusuf Şimşek, giving them a good foot in the door of the final.

    Of course, Beşiktaş will not be taking that win for granted, and it is likely to keep in mind that Ankaraspor can be a really tough team to beat when it is on form. Something the Istanbul has bitter memories of as Ankaraspor beat Beşiktaş 3-1 in a league game last season, one of the worst defeats of Beşiktaş this year.

    It should be noted of course that after that game in December, both teams’ form were running the other way. Beşiktaş has since recovered to have been beaten only once since that game, while Ankaraspor have only managed three wins in its 14 games since.

    Ankaraspor finally showed some vital signs last weekend, when it beat Fenerbahçe by one goal.

    Prolific striker Mehmet Çakır scored in the 74th minute to down Fenerbahçe, giving his side its first win after 10 games. That was Çakır’s ninth goal of the season, but arguably the most important one, as it saved the club from relegation woes, at least for now.

    As the only team that has managed to beat Beşiktaş at İnönü Stadium this season, Ankaraspor would like to believe that it can do it again, but overturning a 3-1 deficit in one of the most intimidating grounds in Turkey will not be no easy feat, and may even require more than a small miracle, considering Beşiktaş’s recent form.

    Beşiktaş is yet to be beaten in the new year, and with 13 wins and four draws in 17 games, it is close to its first league title in six years. But the Istanbul side will try its best to win the Turkish Cup too, securing the only second double-trophy year in its history and the first since 1990.

    Most recently, Beşiktaş has won back-to-back cups in 2006 and 2007.

    For Ankaraspor, who has already achieved its best cup performance, it will be a first-time success if it advances to the final.

    The game kicks off at 8 p.m.


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