Fener slip up, Karabukspor ease to victory
Second-placed Fenerbahce suffered a 2-1 loss to Eskisehirspor, which means Galatasaray could extend their lead at the top of the Turkish Super Lig to nine points with victory over Besiktas tomorrow.
Fener lost at seventh-placed Eskisehirspor, who came into the game having suffered successive league defeats. Bulent Ertugrul put the hosts in front after half an hour, with Senegalese forward Diomansy Kamara adding a second ten minutes into the second period.
Fenerbahce were reduced to ten men as Caner Erkin was sent off in the 73rd minute, six minutes after coming on as a substitute. Moussa Sow pulled one back for the visitors to set up a tense last quarter of an hour but they could not find a equaliser.
Bursaspor remain two points behind Eskisehirspor in eighth place following a 3-0 win at Samsunspor. Pablo Batalla scored Bursaspor's first in the 14th minute and second-half goals from Musa Cagiran (63) and substitute Turgay Bahadir (90) earned them their third straight league win.
Gaziantepspor opened up a three-point gap between themselves and Manisaspor, who occupy the third relegation place, by winning 2-0 away at their rivals. Muhammet Demir and Cenk Tosun goals secured Gaziantepspor their second win on the trot.
In the day's other game, Karabukspor claimed a third straight win as Sanel Jahic's goal earned them a 3-2 win at home to bottom side Ankaragucu, who suffered their ninth defeat in a row. Serol Demirhan scored three minutes after coming on as an 18th-minute substitute for Ankaragucu before Jahic's goal on the stroke of half-time meant it was level at a goal apiece headed into the break.
Florin Cernat's penalty in the 65th minute put Karabukspor ahead, but the visitors quickly hit back through Atilla Aybars Garhan two minutes later. Ankaragucu had Veli Torun sent off in the 70th minute and five minutes later Jahic made the numerical advantage count with the winner for Karabukspor.