Almost 50,000 fans were packed into Sukru Saracoglou Stadium for the season opener between the two sides, but that crowd was largely silenced in the 16th minute when William Troost-Ekong flung himself at the ball from a corner, his sublime diving header putting Bursaspor ahead.
⚽️ GOAL!! Nothing like a diving header to get things cooking, and @WTroostEkong is the chef!! @Fenerbahce 0️⃣-1️⃣ @BursasporSk | Watch LIVE on beIN 2 and CONNECT ▶️ https://t.co/5HYXb74mC9 #SuperLig pic.twitter.com/QPYPNqNBWc— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS_AUS) August 11, 2018
It was just six minutes later when the hosts found themselves level courtesy of a penalty, Mehmet Topal bundled over in the box as he ran on to a pass.
Giuliano coolly slotted the ball home to level things up after confirmation of the spot-kick came from the video assistant referee.
⚽️ GOAL!! #Giuliano keeps his cool from the spot, and it's all square!! @Fenerbahce 1️⃣-1️⃣ @BursasporSk | Watch LIVE on beIN 2 and CONNECT ▶️ https://t.co/TAxEwZsJw9 #SuperLig pic.twitter.com/nDNb6xvzCD— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS_AUS) August 11, 2018
Fenerbahce was ahead just before the half-hour mark when Souza prodded home from Roberto Soldado's knodded pass, the former Tottenham Hotspur man leaping well to provide the assist.
⚽️ GOAL!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Great knockdown from @R9Soldado and @souza5 puts it away!! @Fenerbahce 2️⃣-1️⃣ @BursasporSk | Watch LIVE on beIN 2 and CONNECT ▶️ https://t.co/UA13u9ULOH #SuperLig pic.twitter.com/e9GTpnnQSD— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS_AUS) August 11, 2018
The visitors had a great chance to equalise before the break, but failed to find a shooting position, and the second half would prove no more fruitful.
Andre Ayew also wasted two simple chances for Fenerbahce, and a defensive mix-up in stoppage-time almost saw his side pay, but a referral to the video assistant referee for a possible penalty was turned down and Fener held on for the victory.