Shehu Abdullahi, Troost-Ekong’s Bursaspor hold Besiktas in Four-goal Thriller

Shehu Abdullahi, Troost-Ekong’s Bursaspor hold Besiktas in Four-goal Thriller

Another 90 minutes, another yellow card for Shehu Abdullahi as Bursaspor ground out a 2-2 result against Istanbul giants, Besiktas in a Super Lig match on Friday.

Abdullahi, who joined Bursaspor from Cypriot club Anorthosis, made his second appearance for the club – in front of the back four.

On the day, the 24-year-old shared the pitch with his national teammate, William Troost-Ekong.


Bursaspor who have been without a league win in the last five matches – 3rd December 2017 – were facing a difficult hurdle as early as the 13th minute when Brazilian and former Barcelona man, Adriano struck the back of the net from range to hand the visitors the lead.

Abdullahi was then booked for a foul – his second in his second appearance – but 10 minutes later the Nigeria International would be celebrating with his teammates after former Man City forward, Alvaro Negredo turned a corner into his own net, bringing the sides level.

In additional time of the first-half, Bursaspor went ahead through Republic of Congo’s Dzon Delarge.

Both Bursaspor and Besiktas have a long history – that has not been favorable to the Green Crocodiles – and Paul Le Guen was keen to see his men hold the lead.

Bursaspor have not claimed points from the more Illustrious opponents since 2013 and Friday looked like it would provide the perfect opportunity for another course of history.

Unfortunately, it was not meant to be and on the second minute of added time in regulation time, Alvaro negrdo redeemed his earlier mishap by netting the leveller – again – to help Beskitas claim a point.

The result saw Le Guen’s men move a spot into 9th place on the log, but tied on points with Yeni Malayatspor who play later on Saturday away to Antalyaspor.

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