Ghana defender Joseph Attamah quickly put behind a challenging international break to score against city rivals Fenerbahce in the Turkish Super Lig.
The young centre-back netted for İstanbul Başakşehir in their dramatic 3-2 away victory at the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium Saturday night.
Attamah hit the opener with a header from a corner kick as early as the second minute of the game.
The former Tema Youth player’s impressive club form earned him a debut senior call to the Ghana national team for the September World Cup qualifiers. Attamah was handed a starting berth in the Black Stars’ home draw with Congo but failed to shine.
After the opening goal, the visiting club increased the margin to two in the 33rd minute, when Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor netted in a powerful header.
Fenerbahce managed to pull one back in the 44th minute, when new signing Nabil Dirar’s low-driven shot found its way to Başakşehir goal.
The home team equalized the score in the second half, defender Martin Skrtel’s deflected header went inside in the 78th minute, giving Fenerbahce hope to complete a comeback.
But Kerim Frei’s curved missile in the 94th minute crushed Fenerbahce’s dreams and left the home team without a point.
Başakşehir, who finished the league at second spot last season, managed to continue their recent winning ways with the victory and increased their points total to 9 after four matches.