Fenerbahçe finish Turkish League in third place

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 03.06.2017 19:07
Updated 04.06.2017 12:33
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Istanbul's giants Fenerbahçe finished the Turkish Super League in third place after defeating Adanaspor 3-1 on Saturday as their archrivals Galatasaray came in fourth place.

At the same hour, Galatasaray beat the newly-crowned Ziraat Turkish Cup champions Atiker Konyaspor, however, it did not help the Lions grab the third spot as Fenerbahçe still had more points on average.

Atiker Konyaspor, on the other hand, will be going straight to the Europa League group stages after they beat Başakşehir in the Turkish Cup Final Wednesday.

However, arguably the most exciting matches were played out by Bursaspor and Çaykur Rizespor as both grappled to stay in the Super League Saturday. Çaykurspor took the last spot in the drop zone following Adanaspor and Gaziantepspor, despite winning 2-1 against Aytemiz Alayaspor as Bursaspor defeated Trabzonspor 2-1.

Elsewhere, Beşiktaş will take on Osmanlıspor as they will appear in front of home fans for the first time since securing their 15th title, beating Gaziantep last Sunday.

The Black Eagles have claimed two successive titles since moving to Vodafone Park last April. But, Saturday's celebration will be special for Beşiktaş fans, since it will end their longing to add a third star to their jersey.

Every five title win allows a team to add a star to their jersey. Beşiktaş archrivals, Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe, however, are well ahead of them. Galatasaray added their fourth star in 2015, while Fenerbahçe have been wearing a third star since 2001.

Beşiktaş, oldest yet the least decorated of the "big three" teams in Istanbul, will qualify directly for next year's Champions League.

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