Turkish football league title contenders Besiktas defeated Genclerbirligi 4-1 Friday to end the first half of the season.

In the opening match of the last week of the first half, Besiktas had a comfortable win against a nine-man Genclerbirligi team at home in Istanbul.

Genclerbirligi were down to two men after Nadir Ciftci received a red card in minute 12 and Yasin Pehlivan was sent off in minute 35.

The opening goal came from Genclerbirigi in the 24 minute but Besiktas responded in the 49 minute by Domagoj Vida, Georges-Kevin N'Koudou in the 60 minute, Oguzhan Ozyakup in the 74 minute and Atiba Hutchinson in the last minute.

Besiktas is currently in the third place with 30 points.

The Turkish top-tier football league's first half of 2019-20 season will end with weekend matches.

Sivasspor will finish the first half at top in the Super Lig as it will go into matchday 17 with 34 points, four points ahead of runners-up Medipol Basaksehir.

Demir Grup Sivasspor are guaranteed to finish 2019 at the top of the table in the Turkish Super Lig.

The team will face Goztepe on Sunday while Basaksehir will take on Kasimpasa in Istanbul on Saturday.

Basaksehir is currently in the second spot with 30 points, followed by Trabzonspor with 29 points.

Trabzonspor will face Istikbal Mobilya Kayserispor on Saturday while Caykur Rizespor will take on Fenerbahce on Sunday.

Fenerbahce collected 28 points, enough for fourth place after it beat Besiktas 3-1 in an Istanbul derby match last Sunday.

Reigning champions Galatasaray fell away in the title race and moved to the seventh spot with 24 points.

Galatasaray will host Antalyaspor at home in Istanbul on Saturday.