Medipol Basaksehir lead Turkish Super Lig in away win

– Slovakian defender Skrtel scores late winner against Caykur Rizespor as Basaksehir earns 2-1 victory to top league table

By Can Erozden

ANKARA (AA) – Football club Medipol Basaksehir on Monday topped the Turkish Super Lig in a 2-1 away win over Caykur Rizespor.

Basaksehir's Bosnian midfielder Edin Visca converted a first-half penalty successfully to break the deadlock in the Black Sea province of Rize.

But in the 60th minute, Caykur Rizespor's Nigerian forward Aminu Umar scored the equalizer.

The visitors' Slovakian defender Martin Skrtel netted the winning goal near the end of the match to secure victory for his club.

This season the Super Lig saw a relentless race for the title as four teams are now struggling to win it.

Leaders Basaksehir had 46 points in 23 matches.

Second-place Trabzonspor earned 45 points in 22 games.

Similar to the defending winners Galatasaray, Demir Grup Sivasspor had 45 points to chase Basaksehir.

– Former Kasimpasa executive dies

Nursal Bilgin, a former sporting director of Kasimpasa, has died of a heart attack, club officials confirmed.

While watching Kasimpasa's Super Lig game against Yukatel Denizlispor on Monday, Bilgin was taken to an Istanbul hospital due to a suspected heart attack.

Kasimpasa won the match 2-0.

– Monday's results:

Caykur Rizespor – Medipol Basaksehir: 1-2

Kasimpasa – Yukatel Denizlispor: 2-0

– League table:

Teams P W D L GF GA +/- Pts
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1. MEDIPOL BASAKSEHIR 23 13 7 3 43 23 20 46
2. TRABZONSPOR 22 13 6 3 49 23 26 45
3. GALATASARAY 23 13 6 4 39 18 21 45
4. DEMIR GRUP SİVASSPOR 23 13 6 4 42 26 16 45
5. AYTEMIZ ALANYASPOR 23 11 6 6 41 22 19 39
6. FENERBAHCE 23 11 5 7 42 29 13 38
7. BESIKTAS 23 11 4 8 36 30 6 37
8. GOZTEPE 22 9 7 6 29 24 5 34
9. GAZIANTEP FK 23 8 7 8 34 36 -2 31
10. GENCLERBIRLIGI 23 7 6 10 32 39 -7 27
11. FRAPORT TAV ANTALYASPOR 23 6 7 10 25 40 -15 25
12. BTCTURK YENI MALATYASPOR 22 6 6 10 35 32 3 24
13. YUKATEL DENİZLISPOR 23 6 6 11 21 32 -11 24
14. CAYKUR RIZESPOR 22 7 3 12 22 34 -12 24
15. ITTIFAK HOLDING KONYASPOR 23 4 9 10 19 32 -13 21
16. MKE ANKARAGUCU 23 4 8 11 20 39 -19 20
17. KASIMPASA 23 5 4 14 31 49 -18 19
18. HES KABLO KAYSERISPOR 23 3 7 13 24 56 -32 16

– Upcoming fixtures:

Friday:

Aytemiz Alanyaspor – Besiktas

Saturday:

Ittifak Holding Konyaspor – Kasimpasa

Trabzonspor – Caykur Rizespor

Fraport TAV Antalyaspor – Fenerbahce

March 1, Sunday:

Yukatel Denizlispor – BtcTurk Yeni Malatyaspor

MKE Ankaragucu – Demir Grup Sivasspor

Galatasaray – Genclerbirligi

March 2, Monday:

Medipol Basaksehir – Gaziantep FK

Hes Kablo Kayserispor – Goztepe