Algerian international Rashid Ghazal, star of the Turkish club Besiktas, sent a strong message to the club’s fans after his team’s new stumble against rivals Fenerbahce in the Istanbul derby, Sunday, May 8, when he was satisfied with a 1-1 draw with him, in the meeting of the 36th stage of the Turkish Super League.
Ghazal scored the only goal for his team in the match, through a penalty kick in the 31st minute, scoring his fifth goal since the beginning of the season, with 6 assists in 41 games he played in various competitions. Besiktas is ranked fifth in the Turkish league with 55 points, knowing that it won the double last season.
Ghazal, 30, said in statements to the media after the end of the Fenerbahce match, about the secret of his brilliance in the derby: “As long as I wear the Besiktas shirt, I will give everything I have on the field,” and he continued, “It is a great feeling to be here. I felt the love of the fans.” From day one,” he added, “That is why I give everything I have on the field.”
And he added: “The club’s fans deserve the best in everything. We are very sorry that we did not win against Fenerbahce. We tried to do everything, but it did not work,” before moving on to talk about his team’s first penalty kick in the match (in the ninth minute), which he executed The Belgian striker Batshuayi and failed to convert it into a goal, although the Algerian player is responsible for taking the penalty kicks in Besiktas.
Ghazal said in this regard: “I am the first concerned with paying when there is a penalty for the team, but Batshuayi wanted to take responsibility,” adding: “Maybe I should not have said that, but I did.” He continued, “He took responsibility because he also plays the role of top scorer.” “But unfortunately he missed a penalty and this is normal in football. There is absolutely no problem for Batshuayi to miss because we play with one soul.”
Turkish media said that it was the coach of the Besiktas club, Valerian Ismail, who personally intervened when his team received another penalty kick in the match during the 31st minute, and asked Rashid Ghazal to pay it.
Besiktas coach said in media statements: “After the first penalty kick was lost, there was no way to miss the second kick,” and he continued, “That is why I asked Ghazal to pay, and fortunately he managed to score it,” before indicating that Besiktas will look for a striker next season. Frank is of great style, saying: “Next season we will look for a striker who can finish attacks and score goals.”
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