Galatasaray bag three more points thanks to two goals from striker Burak Yilmaz, blowing title race wide open.

ANKARA – The race for the Turkish Super League title remains wide open after Istanbul side Galatasaray beat Akhisar Belediyespor 2-0 on Monday.

The win means that Galatasaray are still within striking distance of a 20th league title – trumping the record of city rivals Fenerbahce.

However, both Istanbul clubs till lag behind Besiktas, who remain on top thanks to goal difference.

The Lions roared into the lead against western Turkish club Akhisar in the first half at the Manisa 19 Mayis stadium, thanks to two efforts from goal-hungry striker Burak Yilmaz.

Yilmaz found the net in the 22nd minute when Dutch offensive midfielder Wesley Sneijder’s shot was deflected by Akhisar’s goalkeeper, but Yilmaz was able to find the net with a close-range shot.

This was Yilmaz’s first goal since March 21, which was against Kasimpasa, but he did not stop there.

In the 34th minute, Yilmaz took center-stage one more time, delivering a header from a classy cross courtesy of winger Emre Colak, making the score 2-0.

Meanwhile, the Lions’ Uruguayan goalkeeper Fernando Muslera was on top form again, saving a critical three shots in the first half.

Although there were dangerous attacks from both sides in the second half, the scoreline did not change and “Cim-Bom” won 2-0.

With the result, Galatasaray increased their league points tally to 64 and are now second on goal difference after Istanbul rivals Besiktas.

In the other game of the night, Sivasspor caused an upset against Kayseri Erciyesspor, 3-2. Sivasspor was trailing 0-2 after the first half, but “Yigidos” were able to steal three points thanks to two goals from Burhan Eser in the last five minutes.

After the 29th match day in the league, the title race is wide open with Besiktas leading on 64 points, Galatasaray with 64 points and Fenerbahce with 63 points.

Galatasaray are on the hunt for their fourth jersey star. In Turkey, one star represents five league trophies; so Galatasaray wear three stars because of their 19 championships, the same as their rivals Fenerbahce.

 

Current standings as follows:

Rank        Team P  W  D   L GF GA  Pts  +/-

 

     1 Besiktas  29  20  4  5  51  26  64  +25
2 Galatasaray  29  20  4  5  54  34  64  +20
3 Fenerbahce  29  19  6  4  51  24  63  +27
4 Istanbul Basaksehir  29  12  12  5  40  24  48  +16
5 Bursaspor  29  13  8  8  59  42  47  +17
6 Trabzonspor  29  12  11  6  51  43  47  +8
7 Mersin Idmanyurdu  29  12  6  11  48  41  42  +7
8 Genclerbirligi  29  10  9  10  44  38  39  +6
9 Torku Konyaspor  29  10  8  11  27  37  38  -10
10 Kasımpasa  29  9  8  12  49  60  35  -11
11 Gaziantepspor  29  10  5  14  25  40  35  -15
12 Sivasspor  29  9  7  13  37  41  34  -4
13 Akhisar Belediyespor  29  8  9  12  36  45  33  -9
14 Eskişehirspor  29  7  11  11  34  43  32  -9
15 Caykur Rizespor  29  7  7  15  34  49  28  -15
16 Karabukspor  29  6  6  17  34  46  24  -12
17 Kayseri Erciyesspor  29  4  9  16  33  52  21  -19
18 Balikesirspor  29  4  8  17  37  59  20  -22

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