Player Ratings - Turkcell Süper Lig: FB 3-2 AnkaragücüCommentary • Author: Mehmet Pozam • Sunday, December 13, 2009
Fenerbahçe came back from behind to beat MKE Ankaragücü on Saturday night, giving an end to their three-game losing streak. The Yellow Canaries are now back on top of the league standings and they owe major credit to one player who topped off his stunning performance with two goals and one assist. Fenerbahçe Worldwide Man of the Match: Alex de Souza.
Volkan Demirel - 6.0
Conceded two goals and could have easily been three. Didn't dive for the first goal, but can't be blamed much about the second. His woeful goalkeeping effort in the dying minutes could have cost his team valuable points hadn't Özer come to the rescue. Did make one crucial tackle coming out to shut down a counter attack. All-in-all not his worst performance of the season, but did concede two goals at home.
Gökhan Gönül - 4.0
His worst defensive performance of the season. Failed to even attempt a tackle or disrupt the attacker who he unfortunately let equalise. Somehow managing to worsen his performance when he lazily stuck out a leg to attempt a clearance, but 1-2 was the result. Not all his fault, but definitely should have done better in both situations. Positives for Gökhan were mainly in the attacking half where he had one good long range shot and he also put in the cross for the subsequent Alex opener.
Diego Lugano - 5.5
Not at his best tonight. Looked strong for the most part of the game, but the whole defensive line including the usually reliable Diego looked lost. Was caught out flat footed for the first goal and overall wasn't as commanding as fans have seen so far this season.
Fabio Bilica - 7.0
Looking more and more like the strong centre back of yesteryear. Made crucial tackles throughout, especially when defending counter attacks. Used his body well, winning tackles and free kicks. Also put through a delightful through ball for Güiza who failed to capitilize on the pass.
Roberto Carlos - 5.0
Very likely the last time we see Roberto Carlos in a domestic league match in Europe. Purposefully earned himself a yellow card, basically booking his trip to Brazil a week earlier than originally planned. Put in a few dangerous looking crosses to no prevail, but his laziness was covered most of the time by the hard working Özer. His lackluster effort created problems in defence, particularly when Carlos chose to walk around the halfway line while the opposition sides counter-attack on his wing led to the second goal for the visitors.
Cristian Baroni - 7.0
Worked hard as usual, both winning tackles and making passes. The silent assassin continued his ways, but seemed to have been let down by some around him. Was miles ahead of his defensive midfield partner tonight. (Mehmet's note: Goes to show how effective the Cristian-Emre duo is in the Fener midfield. Was clearly one of the better players on the field tonight.)
Selçuk Şahin - 5.5
Looked lazy and slow to react which will come as a suprise to some, considering the starting opportunity he is currently getting. Could have intercepted the lead in pass to the first goal, had he put a foot out. Could be seen walking around near the half, both in attack and in defence, and on a number of occassions.
Mehmet Topuz - 7.0
Could be found all over the park tonight. Mehmet worked hard in the midfield, working well with Alex & co. His long range efforts were stopped and held by the Ankara keeper which on another day could have easily gone in or led to fumbles. Was not one to shy away from his defensive duties either and was seen racing back to help the lagging defence.
Özer Hurmacı - 8.0
To the delight of many fans, Özer was given a chance in the starting lineup and he did not disappoint. Firstly, ran his heart out; not suprisingly the leader in metres ran at half-time. Used the ball well and maturity oozed through his willingness to pass when pressure arose. Set up Alex for the equaliser with an excellent faked shot and through ball. Saved the squad further defensive embarassment by clearing the ball off the line in the dying minutes of the game. The only development point from this game was his crossing and shooting accuracy which will come with training and game experience.
Alex de Souza - 8.5 (Man of the Match)
Not much more can be said about Alex de Souza this year. I have time and time again written what Alex does well and what Alex doesn't do so well. So in short two goals and one assist. King Alex does it again.
Dani Güiza - 7.0
Could have had a couple more goals in this game, missing multiple through balls that set him up and a well placed Alex corner that found him open. But in the end, our record signing earned us two extra points in a tightly contested season with a well struck goal after an Alex corner.
Semih Şentürk - 6.0
Opened up the defence by posing as another threat in attack, but didn't see any goal scoring opportunities for his troubles.
Deniz Barış - N/A
Uğur Boral - N/A
(Player Ratings & Commentary by Edis Koç)
(Note: Every player starts out the match with a rating of 6 points. Depending on how well they play, their rating either drops or goes up to a maximum 10 points.)
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