Canadians Larin, Hutchinson guide Besiktas to Turkish Super Lig title

Malmo's Soren Rieks, right, jumps for a header with Besiktas forward Cyle Larin during a Europa League match. (Lefteris Pitarakis/AP)

Canadian forward Cyle Larin drew the penalty that led to the eventual winning goal as Besiktas claim its 16th Turkish Super Lig title on Saturday with a 2-1 win over Goztepe.

Besiktas opened the scoring through Domagoj Vida, but Goztepe equalized shortly thereafter in the 24th minute. Then, midway through the second half, Larin sprinted down the left flank before drawing a penalty that was subsequently converted by Rachid Ghezzal to wrap up the victory and the title.

Larin played a major role in the team’s title run, scoring 19 goals in his breakthrough season. The 26-year-old finished second in the Golden Boot race behind Aaron Boupendza of Hatayspor.

Atiba Hutchinson, the club’s captain and Canadian national team veteran, played the full 90 minutes in the victory. This is the 38-year-old’s third league title with Besiktas and ninth major trophy of his career.

Larin and Hutchinson are the fourth and fifth Canadian men’s players to win a top-flight European league title this season after Scott Arfield (Rangers), Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich) and Milan Borjan (Red Star Belgrade) in the Serbian SuperLiga.

Lille’s Jonathan David could become the fourth member of that exclusive list should Les Dogues defeat Saint-Etienne and Paris Saint-Germain drops points against Reims on Sunday.

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