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Ismail Kartal: I dedicate the win to our fans

Fenerbahçe won 2-1 against Kasımpaşa in the 27th week of the Turkish Süper Lig. The yellow and navy team increased their points to 70. Coach İsmail Kartal made statements after the match.

In the 27th week of the Trendyol , won 2-1 against Kasımpaşa at their home ground.

Kasımpaşa took the lead in the 58th minute with a from Porozo. Fenerbahçe equalized in the 64th minute with Hakan Yandaş. In the 90+5th minute, Fenerbahçe, who won a penalty, had Batshuayi's shot saved by the goalkeeper, but he scored from the rebound.

Fenerbahçe reached a total of 70 points.

“We could have secured the game in the first half. We decided to wait a bit in the second half. While preparing to make substitutions, we conceded a goal from a set piece. After equalizing with a goal, we made our moves. We had discussions with our during the week about supporting the team. Despite being 1-0 behind, our players showed character. The 3 points are crucial for us. I dedicate tonight's victory to the . Fred will start this week.”

RESPONSE TO KASIMPAŞA COACH SAMİ UĞURLU

Kasımpaşa's coach Sami Uğurlu stated in the , “Fenerbahçe did not force us in terms of gameplay and tactics. There was a game that could be easily prevented and stopped.”

Fenerbahçe Coach İsmail Kartal responded, “Other than the goal, do they have any clear chances? We have 8. I asked Çağlar, ‘It clearly comes to your hand; if it didn't, I would have shot it anyway,' he said. We already have an ungiven penalty, Jayden's situation is a clear penalty.”

“Both teams are in an unprecedented championship race for many years”

Speaking about 's performance, Kartal emphasized that his player can do much better, stating, “Right now, Krunic is not at his best. He is experiencing the difficulty of being away from the team for a few weeks before joining us. The adaptation process is still ongoing. I believe he will soon show us the real Krunic.”

Regarding Ferdi's role in the game, Kartal said:

“We also want Ferdi to play in the midfield in training. It's a tactical understanding to solve the game by expanding it. In the first half, the opponent pressed high. In the second half, we completely played in the opponent's half.”

Speaking about the race, Kartal commented, “Both teams are in an unprecedented championship race for many years. It's a beautiful thing for football. At the moment, it wouldn't be right to say that either we or the other side have an advantage. Both teams are putting up a beautiful fight. I think this can continue in this way until the end.”

FRED COMING BACK

“Fred will start training with the team this week. We couldn't achieve the desired performances in the first half. In the second half, we did what we wanted. They had one goal opportunity. Apart from that, we didn't give them any chances. This is also crucial for us.”

Finally, addressing the fans, Kartal concluded his words as follows:

“Even if we concede goals or make mistakes from the beginning to the end of the match, they will support us. This is crucial on the road to the championship. They did it today; they never gave up on the match, and the players didn't give up. In the end, we took the 3 points by winning.”

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