Player Ratings - Turkcell Süper Lig: Trabzonspor 0-1 FBCommentary • Author: Mehmet Pozam • Monday, December 21, 2009
Away games at Trabzon are always tough, but Fenerbahçe was able to keep calm and very cool on Sunday night as they took the Black Sea Storm down at the Avni Aker. Sunday's hero scored the only goal of the game, his seventh of the season and pushed the Yellow Canaries up to the top of the Turkcell Süper Lig standings. Fenerbahçe Worldwide Man of the Match: Dani Güiza.
Volkan Demirel - 6.5
If there has ever been a game we didn't need Volkan, this was that game. The keeper had nothing to do all game except kick and throw the ball out to his team mates. All of Trabzonspor's shots were off target, the closest to the target they came was when they hit the crossbar. Had a collision with Umut Bulut but was in the right as he had come in contact with the ball.
Gökhan Gönül - 7.0
A sign of return to form from the young Turkish full back. Played a good game, making good runs down his right wing and running back into defence when needed. Put in a great cross which unfortunately did not result to anything. The one match break seems to have helped him recover some of the form he had lost.
Diego Lugano - 7.0
Solid as a rock at the back. His partnership with Bilica has solidified and together they let nothing promising enter the penalty box. Annoyed Umut Bulut to no end and kept a good mark on Alanzinho. Made some poor decisions on a few of his clearances and passes but he is a defender whose primary job is to defend, in which he did a class job.
Fabio Bilica - 7.5
Fans are still asking for Fenerbahçe to make a defensive transfer better than Bilica, but honestly why replace what's already great? A tireless performance by the defender running everywhere in defence and even up in attack. Had a quiet time in defence, marking his opposition, clearing the ball. Attempted a diving header for goal but wasn't able to hit the ball on target.
André Santos - 7.0
Apart from a slight error in the opening minutes of the game, the full back had a rather quiet game in his position. Kept his area clear of any balls and made a few runs up the wing, but ultimately played the ball off to someone else. Although he doesn't have the pace of Carlos to run into attack, his defensive capabilities are arguably better. A welcome addition to the Canaries defensive line.
Cristian Baroni- 7.5
Does this man ever step a foot wrong? Another great game for the Brazilian defensive midfielder who should have at the least had an assist to his name. He did his best to contain the midfield and even played a creative role with plenty of passes to the attackers. Had a brilliant shot on goal that Onur could only push away from himself, but could have passed to Güiza who would have only had to tap it in.
Emre Belözoğlu - 7.0
My hat goes off to this man. Even though he was still recovering from injury he came on the pitch and gave a respectable performance for 71 minutes. His close ball control confused anyone marking him and he constantly got the ball into the opposition's third.
Mehmet Topuz - 6.5
I guess you could say that he played a decent game. Wasn't a huge factor to the game but was still a consistent player on the field making decent passes and trying a long shot or two (that unfortunately rocketed above the post). Made a quick cross that had Bilica diving for the ball, but didn't result in anything.
Özer Hurmacı - 7.0
Didn't have a standout performance, but does that really matter? He looked a part of the team and played a good game which is all that should matter. Played a good game on the left wing, playing in passes and crosses whenever he could. Had a great lofted through ball to Güiza which was called for offsides and scuffed a great goalscoring chance by passing instead of shooting himself, but he could be excused as he doesn't exactly have the best shot.
Alex de Souza - 7.0
He did play a good game and he did make an assist, but I couldn't help but be disappointed at the legendary midfielder. In the early stages of the game, Alex looked to be in a great position to shoot for goal, but instead fell to the ground in search of a foul. Unfortunately for him the referee did recognize the dive and booked Alex for it. Should have had two assists but his lay off to Güiza was incredibly shot over the bar in front of an open goal. His assist was pure class as it rolled right in front of Güiza's feet waiting for the shot.
Dani Güiza - 8.0 (Man of the Match)
Always looked like he would score this match from the opening stages. Had an incredible shot in the fourth minute that I'm sure nobody thought he was capable of, it had me questioning whether it was Güiza. Did miss an open goal, but in the end he did make up for it. Was really the major factor in Fenerbahçe's game today. Countless times he easily passed Trabzonspor's defence only to be denied by the young and quick to react Trabzon keeper, Onur.
Semih Şentürk - 6.0
Filled Dani Güiza's role fine when he came on. Probably should have had a goal, but the pressure made him shoot it just over the bar.
Deniz Barış - N/A
I didn't really notice his impact on the game when he came on.
Gökçek Vederson - N/A
Didn't have time to impact on the game, but did make a run down the wing, putting in a cross and attempted a long range shot which was blocked.
(Player Ratings & Commentary by Sabit Kozak)
(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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