German midfielder Mesut Özil made his Fenerbahçe debut on Tuesday as the team emerged 2-1 winner over Hatayspor in the Süper Lig.
Ozil started the game on the bench and came on in the 77th minute for Mame Thiam who scored the first goal for his side.
It was the first competitive match for Ozil since March 2020, a week before football was suspended due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. Since then, he has been frozen out of the squad by coach Mikel Arteta.
In a tweet after the match, the midfielder said: "Overwhelming feeling to have made my debut for Fenerbahçe.”
The German of Turkish descent terminated his contract with Arsenal in January and signed a 3.5-year deal with Fenerbahçe during an official unveiling ceremony last week.
In the game, Fenerbahçe took the lead in the 26th minute with Jean-Claude Billong scoring an own goal to hand their opponents a two-goal advantage. Aaron Boupendza's beautiful half volley goal into the top right corner in the 90th minute came only as a consolation for Hatayspor.
The win saw Fenerbahçe remain at the top of the Süper Lig, four points clear of Beşiktaş who has one game in hand.