Fenerbahce beat Basaksehir, rise in standings
Victory against Basaksehir puts team in second place
Turkey's Fenerbahce earned a 2-0 home win against Medipol Basaksehir in Super Lig on Saturday -- a key victory carrying the Yellow Canaries to second position in division standings.
Germany’s Max Kruse broke the deadlock in the 72 minute, scoring the opener for Fenerbahce. Kruse dribbled past his opponents to get free in the penalty area and put the ball into Basaksehir net with a low shot.
Near the end of the game at Ulker Stadium, Fenerbahce doubled the gap as forward Vedat Muriqi made a close range finish. Muriqi was assisted by winger Garry Rodrigues from the right flank.
The win gives Fenerbahce 37 points in 19 weeks to climb to the second spot in the league led by Demir Grup Sivasspor which earned 40 points in 18 matches.
Basaksehir falls to third as the Istanbul team has 36 points.
Fans rain scarves for quake victims
Fenerbahce fans showered their scarves and beanies to show support for earthquake victims in east Turkey.
The home crowd chanted that Fenerbahce fans will not let the quake victims feel cold.
Winter accessories will be taken to the quake-hit Elazig province, where winter conditions are generally harsh.
A 6.8-magnitude quake shook the province on Friday. Tremors were also felt in neighboring countries including Syria and Georgia.
The death toll from the powerful earthquake stands at 29, the country's disaster relief agency said.
So far, 1,234 people have been reported injured as rescue workers continue recovering residents buried under rubble, according to the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD).
A total of 43 people have been rescued including a woman, 17 hours after her house collapsed.
A team of surveyors is assessing the damage, with initial reports suggesting 72 buildings were completely damaged.
Federation delays game over earthquake
Turkish Football Federation said Saturday that Monday's Super Lig game between BtcTurk Yeni Malatyaspor and Trabzonspor has been postponed because of the quake.
Malatya is a province nearby Elazig.
AFAD said 843 peole were injured in Elazig, 226 in Malatya, 43 in Diyarbakir, 25 in Adiyaman, six in Batman, 37 in Kahramanmaras, 63 in Sanliurfa.
Week 19 results:
Genclerbi̇rli̇gi̇ - Gazi̇antep FK: 1-0
Hes Kablo Kayseri̇spor - MKE Ankaragucu: 1-1
Kasimpasa - Aytemi̇z Alanyaspor: 1-2
Fenerbahce - Medi̇pol Basaksehi̇r: 2-0
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