ANDY SCHREUR - Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Maurice Edu played 90 minutes in Bursaspor's loss to Cup holder's Fenerbahçe on Wednesday night in Istanbul.
Semih Şentürk opened the scoring when he converted a penalty kick in the 41st minute after Hakan Aslantas handled the ball inside the 18 yard box trying to block a cross. Aslantas argued the call but replays showed his elbow to be above his shoulder.
Fenerbahçe's second goal was courtesy of Bursaspor keeper Scott Carson. Şentürk lofted a ball from 35 yards after beating a defender to the ball and it appeared to be headed at goal harmlessly when Carson realized he needed to make a play. The former West Brom keeper tried to catch the ball while backpedaling and appeared to take his eye off the ball while trying to avoid crashing into the goalpost. In doing so, he walked the ball into the net to give the hosts a two goal advantage.
The final goal saw the visitor's pressing for a goal and caught on a counterattack. Substitute Beykan Şimşek scored his first professional goal and was hoisted up by his teammates in the ensuing celebration. The 18 year old scored just 14 minutes after entering the match.
Bursaspor sits in third place in Group A with three points, trailing Fenerbahçe by nine and Sivasspor by four. Edu and the Green Crocodiles will stay in Istanbul ahead of Saturday's match against 12th place Istanbul BB in Süper Lig play.