Istanbul rivals square off in league clash

ANKARA: On Saturday, the Turkish Spor Toto Super Lig's two undefeated teams will square off in Istanbul as front-runners Medipol Basaksehir travel to city rivals Besiktas at 7 p.m. (GMT1600).

The league's 12th week kicked off with two matches Friday, Galatasaray beating Bursaspor 3-1 to avoid a three-game losing streak.

Already hurt by Medipol Basaksehir and Fenerbahce losses in the past two weeks, the Lions started the match poorly and conceded a goal in only the 14th minute.

Galatasaray got the equalizer in the 32nd minute, with a sharp passing by Wesley Sneijder and Lukas Podolski which found winger Yasin Oztekin.

In the second half, the Istanbul powerhouse dominated the match, with Sneijder scoring from a free-kick and striker Eren Derdiyok finishing a counter-attack.

Galatasaray increased their points total to 23 and moved to third place, but city rivals Fenerbahce can claim their spot back with a win over Caykur Rizespor on Sunday.

Bursaspor, meanwhile, dropped to fifth place with 21 points.

In the other match of the day, Aytemiz Alanyaspor defeated Kayserispor 3-0.

Here is the schedule for the rest of the 12th week in Turkish Spor Toto Super Lig:

Saturday - November 26

Karabukspor v Gaziantepspor

Akhisar Belediyespor v Kasimpasa

Antalyaspor v Adanaspor

Besiktas v Medipol Basaksehir

Sunday - November 27

Genclerbirligi v Trabzonspor

Caykur Rizespor v Fenerbahce

Source: Anadolu Agency