A 3-0 away loss to Akhisar has left Fenerbahçe hanging dangerously in the relegation zone and third from bottom in the Super Lig table with a mere 14 points.
Goals from Jeremy Bokila, Elvis Manu and an extra-time strike by Adrien Regattin ensured that Akhisar were lifted out of the relegation zone to 16 points on the log.
Akhisar were 1-0 up at the end of the first half, but Manu piled on the misery for the Istanbul team finding the back of the Fernabahçe net in the 82nd minute. If that was not enough, Moroccan international Regattin compunded Fernerbahçe’s misery by scoring five minutes into extra time.
The loss came despite Fenerbahçe having more possession and more shots on goal – 16 shots to Akhisar’s 12 shots.
With this latest result, Fenerbahçe has lost its fourth consecutive match against Akhisarspor.
Fenerbahçe players sent home by bus
Following the shock defeat to Akhisarspor, Fenerbahçe Chairman Ali Koç sent the Fenerbahçe footballers to Istanbul by bus. According to a news report beIN Sports, Koç went down to change rooms soon after the match ended and told the players that the would not be returning to Istanbul by plane, but by bus.
Meanwhile, Fenerbahçe’s Sports Director Damian Comolli also returned to İstanbul by bus. Ali Koç left the stadium with his private car at the end of the match.
Former Turkish international and Fenerbahçe star player, Rıdvan Dilmen said on a TV program at NTV channel that if Ali Koç had decided to send his team by bus he should himself have seated on the first seat of the bus. ‘’ They have to take some preventions until the Istanbul match. You know Fenerbahçe was stoned in an away match! They can also be stoned by their (unhappy) supporters!’’ noted Dilmen.
Akhisarspor: Fatih Öztürk, Miguel Lopes, Sissoko, Caner Osmanpaşa, Güray Vural, Vrsajevic, Josue, Serginho, Helder Barbosa (Min. 87 Kadir Keleş), Onur Ayık (min. 70 Regattin), Bokila (min. 69 Manu)
Fenerbahçe: Harun Tekin, Şener Özbayraklı (Min. 57 Benzia), Neustaedter, Skrtel, Hasan Ali Kaldırım, Barış Alıcı, Isla, Mehmet Topal (Min. 78 İsmail Köybaşı), Eljif Elmas, Mehmet Ekici, Slimani
Goals: Min. 26 Bokila, Min. 82 Manu, Min. 90+5 Regattin (Akhisarspor),
Yellow Cards: Min. 33 Helder Barbosa, Min. 67 Josue (Akhisarspor), Min. 90+3 Benzia (Fenerbahçe)
Stadium: Spor Toto Akhisar
Referees: Bülent Yıldırım, Asım Yusuf Öz, Mehmet Kısal