Diyarbakırspor Joins Ranks of Relegated Following Week 33Turkcell Super Lig • Author: Nathan Redd • Tuesday, May 11, 2010
The Turkcell Süper Lig title chase is coming down to the final weekend, but we now know which teams will be making the drop. Diyarbakırspor cemented their place in Bank Asya 1. Lig over the weekend, where they will join Denizlispor and Ankaraspor. Just a year after finishing second, Sivasspor can now breathe a huge sigh of relief, knowing they'll be back next season. Here is a look around the league from the second-to-last weekend:
With just the final weekend remaining, only the championship is left to be decided. It will come down to Fenerbahçe and Bursaspor for the crown. Fenerbahçe are at home hosting Trabzonspor - a team they lost to less than a week ago. The Yellow Canaries are a point up in the standings, so they need a win against the Black Sea Storm to ensure the championship. Fener kept their place at the top with a convincing 3-0 win over Ankaragücü on the road on Sunday.
Bursaspor are at home this Sunday, but their task won't be easy. They're hosting Beşiktaş in a must-win for the Green Crocs. The Black Eagles will also be looking to end their season on a high note, however, after a dismal end to what was once a promising campaign. They'll finish either third or fourth in the league, pending the Galatasaray result, after once leading the table. Bursa earned an automatic three points over the weekend due to a scheduled fixture with now-relegated Ankaraspor.
Bursaspor, on the other hand, do not control their own fate. They need points combined with some help from Trabzonspor. Both the Bursaspor and Fenerbahçe matches kick off at 20:00 on Sunday, so there won't be much time for score-checking from either side.
While the championship is yet to be decided, we do know which teams will be relegated. Denizlispor and Ankaraspor will be joined by Diyarbakırspor, who sealed their fate over the weekend. Diyarbakırspor needed to win their final two matches, then hope Sivasspor would drop points. Instead, Diyarbakır suffered a 1-0 loss to Kasımpaşa, which doomed them to the second level of Turkish football. An 86th minute goal broke their hearts, as Diyarbakır will play their 2010-2011 campaign in Bank Asya 1. Lig. They'll join Denizlispor and Ankaraspor there, who were previously relegated. Sivasspor are safe with just a week left. Last season's runners-up pulled out a 1-1 draw with Eskişehirspor over the weekend.
Here are all the results from Turkcell Süper Lig Week 33:
Friday, May 7th:
Beşiktaş 2 - 0 Manisaspor
Saturday, May 8th:
Gaziantepspor 1 - 1 Gençlerbirliği
Galatasaray 1 - 2 Antalyaspor
Sunday, May 9th:
Kayserispor 1 - 1 İBBSpor
Kasımpaşa 1 - 0 Diyarbakırspor
Ankaragücü 0 - 3 Fenerbahçe
Eskişehirspor 1 - 1 Sivasspor
Monday, May 10th:
Trabzonspor 2 - 1 Denizlispor
Here's a look at the current league standings following Turkcell Süper Lig Week 33:
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Here is the final list of fixtures for Turkcell Süper Lig Week 34:
Saturday, May 15th:
Denizlispor vs. Gaziantepspor - 19:00
Antalyaspor vs. Kayserispor - 19:00
Diyarbakırspor vs. Eskişehirspor - 19:00
Sivasspor vs. Ankaragücü - 19:00
Sunday, May 16th:
Manisaspor vs. Kasımpaşa - 18:00
Gençlerbirliği vs. Galatasaray - 20:00
Bursaspor vs. Beşiktaş - 20:00
Fenerbahçe vs. Trabzonspor - 20:00
(photo courtesy of tff.org)