Turkish Super Lig Wrap: Galatasaray defeated, Fenerbahce held
By Football News
Roberto Mancini's Super Lig debut ended in disappointment as his Galatasaray side fell to a 2-1 defeat away to Akhisar Belediyespor.
The Italian was appointed as Fatih Terim's successor on Monday, and immediately earned a credible 2-2 draw away to Juventus in the UEFA Champions League.
But he saw Gala's winless run in the league extend to five matches on Sunday, as an Oumar Niasse brace either side of half-time put the home side in command at the 19 Mayis Stadyumu.
Didier Drogba pulled a goal back in the 68th minute to give Galatasaray hope, but they were unable to find an equaliser.
Fenerbahce maintained their grasp on top spot, but they were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw by Trabzonspor at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadyumu.
Ersun Yanal's side have now gone six league games without defeat, but they will be keen to get back to winning ways when they travel to Kayseri Erciyesspor after the international break.
Rizespor fell to a disappointing 2-1 defeat at home to Antalyaspor that saw them slip from third to fifth.
Lamine Diarra opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time for the visitors, only for Tevfik Kose to level on the hour mark.
But the away side snatched all three points with two minutes remaining thanks to Milan Baros' intervention.
In other matches on Sunday, a first-half brace from Dutch defender Ryan Donk helped Kasimpasa to a 4-0 rout of Elazigspor, while Sivasspor defeated bottom side Genclerbirligi 2-0.
On Saturday, Besiktas maintained their promising start to the season with a 1-0 triumph away to Eskisehirspor.
After a goalless first half, Omer Sismanoglu broke the deadlock with 20 minutes remaining to make it five wins from six Super Lig matches for Slaven Bilic's men.
Also on Saturday, Kayserispor's poor start to the new term was extended as they fell to a 1-0 home defeat to Gaziantepspor thanks to Serdar Ozbayraktar's winner, while Theofanis Gekas helped Konyaspor to a 1-0 home win over Kayseri Erciyesspor.
In Friday's match, 10-man Karabukspor were defeated 1-0 at home by Bursaspor.
Samba Sow was shown a red card in the 28th minute for a second bookable offence, and they were punished three minutes later as Murat Yildirim notched the only goal of the game.