Former Manchester United winger Luis Nani put himself in the limelight just weeks after completing a move to Fenerbahce by scoring two goals to help the team get a 2-1 victory in front of the home supporters againstAntalyaspor.
After having failed to secure the league title last season, Fenerbahce are under immense pressure to deliver the league trophy to the fans. In order to do so, an exceptional start was of paramount importance and it has come in the form of a hardfought victory againstAntalyaspor. Fenerbahce are now one of the two teams still to be beaten in the Turkish super league.
Nani opened the scoring just before half-time, but the home team was left immensely surprised whenGuilherme equalised in the 70th minute. As the final whistle approached, the game was to level and this provided a lot of uneasiness to the fans.Coach Vitor Pereira felt that a draw would have been an extremely unjust result given that Fenerbahce dominated from start to finish.Antalyaspor have been doing well in the league after having taken two wins in their last matches. The presence of names like Samuel Eto’o was giving them a huge amount of confidence, but Nani showed his quality with an impeccable freekick.
“We played a team with good morale after winning both of its matches. We knew they would play counter attacks looking for a goal. If we had dropped points tonight, it would have been an utterly unjust result, but we came away with a victory,” said the Fenerbahce manager after the game. The match also witnessed another former United player – Robin van Persie – playing the entire 90 minutes without scoring a goal. The home team had an incredible 13 shots at goal. Yet, they required a lastgasp winner from Nani to secure three points.