Not until the final minutes did either team have a chance to outscore its opponent. In the 70th minute, Romanian playmaker Florin Cernat missed a penalty shootout, hitting the ball to the side where the Boluspor goalkeeper was lying. It only delayed the victory for Karabükspor, though, as the winning goal came in the 86th minute from striker İlhan Parlak, a Fenerbahçe reject.
Karabükspor cheered the victory, which marked a historic success for the western Black Sea province club. Coach Bülent Korkmaz said during a post-game press conference that his team is happy to advance to play in the semi-finals, a first in Karabükspor history. “It was important for us to pass this round. I congratulate my players,” he said.
Boluspor, the only second division side in the cup quarters, was sad after the game. “We wanted to win but couldn’t. We will look ahead now,” coach Bahri Kaya said after the game. Boluspor is aiming to advance to the Spor Toto Super League and currently occupies the sixth and final playoff spot of League 1. Should it manage to stay in the top six, Boluspor will struggle for the top division in the playoff round.
Karabükspor will meet Fenerbahçe in the semis.
Elsewhere, Bursaspor trounced Sivasspor 4-1 and advanced to the semis. Bursaspor will face Eskişehirspor in the semifinals.