UCL: FC Porto: 1 Beşiktaş: 3

Updated: September 14, 2017

Beşiktaş have made a dream start to their UEFA Champions League campaign with a stunning victory away at the Estádio do Dragão

The Black Eagles made a good start to the match and took the lead after just 13 minutes after a splendid pass from Cenk Tosun to play Quaresma open on the right wing, Quaresma put the ball in briliantly for Talisca to head it home: 0-1 and the Dragão stunned for the first time.

It didn’t take the hosts too long to respond however, after the opening goal Porto took the initiative and piled on the pressure. Oliver Torres put Fabri to the test with a half volley and the resulting Alex Telles corner was unluckily put in the back of his own net by Dusko Tosic: 1-1 after 21 minutes.

Some might have thought that goal would have liberated the homeside and would put them in pole position to take control of the match, but their joy didn’t last long as Cenk Tosun silenced the Dragão once again after just 28 minutes with a wicket long range blast that reached 106 km/h from 32 meters out, Casillas tried but couldn’t keep it out of his net: 1-2 just before the half hour mark.

Porto’s initiative stalled and Beşiktaş were able to control most of the remainder of the half without being brought in too much trouble, in fact they made it quite difficult for Porto on several counter opportunities but the scoreline remained the same as we headed in to the dressing room.

Porto boss Sergio Conceiçao made two changes at halftime and sent is team back out with a clear message: find that equalizer as son as possible. His team set out to do exactly that and pressed Beşiktaş back on their own half, but real chances were slim to none and Porto had to hope on a bit of luck on the corners they managed to gather. In the 62nd minute Porto finally managed to put a real chance together but Fabri did briliantly to keep the hosts at bay with an excellent one on one save.

When Gary Medel came on to replace captain Oğuzhan Özyakup in the 65th minute the balance shifted back in to the Black Eagles’ favour.

Quaresma received an emotional standing ovation from the home crowd as he was substituted off for Negredo after 73 minutes.

As time went by Porto became more and more restless and seemingly ran out of ideas, Beşiktaş took hold of the match again and started probing for a third goal.

Ricardo Quaresma was subbed off and received a standing ovation from the Porto fans, who much like Beşiktaş fans, adore the Portuguese magician. Quaresma was clearly touched by this token of respect by the home fans and clapped as he left the pitch.

That third goal ultimately did come after a splendid organized attack involving 15 passes, with ultimately the ball ending up with Álvaro Negredo who set up Ryan babel for the 1-3 in the 86th minute. Babel’s goal secured the 3 points for the Black Eagles, who earn their first ever opening matchday win in the Champions League in impressive fashion away at the Dragão stadium. Şenol Güneş now also holds the record of leading Beşiktaş in the most amount of European matches, surpassing Mircea Lucescu with 18 games.

Beşiktaş also end the first match as grou pleaders for the first time in their history, as RB Leipzig and AS Monaco played to a 1-1 draw. Beşiktaş will host Leipzig on matchday 2, while Porto travel to Monaco.

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Stadium: Estádio do Dragão

Official: Taylor (ENG)

FC Porto XI: Iker Casillas; Ricardo Pereira, Ivan Marcano, Felipe, Alex Telles; Yacine Brahimi, Oliver Torres (46′ Otavio), Danilo Pereira (82′ Hernani), Jesus Corona (46′ André André); Moussa Marega, Tiquinho

Reserves: Jose Sa, Miguel Layun, Diego Reyes, Hector Herrera, André André, Otavio, Hernani

Head coach: Sergio Conceiçao

Beşiktaş XI: Fabricio Ramirez; Adriano Correia (87′ Necip Uysal), Pepe, Dusko Tosic, Caner Erkin; Atiba Hutchinson, Oğuzhan Özyakup (65′ Gary Medel), Anderson Talisca; Ricardo Quaresma (73′ Álvaro Negredo), Cenk Tosun, Ryan Babel

Reserves: Tolga Zengin, Gary Medel, Matej Mitrovic, Necip Uysal, Jeremain Lens, Mustafa Pektemek, Álvaro Negredo

Head coach: Şenol Güneş

Goals: Anderson Talisca (13′), Cenk Tosun (28′), Ryan Babel (86′), Dusko Tosic (21′ own goal)

Yellow cards: Pereira (10′), Caner Erkin (66′), André André (81)

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Kaan Bayazit

Editor-in-chief at Beşiktaş International
Freelance sports writer specialized in Turkish football and Beşiktaş. Co-host of the Black Eagles podcast. Frequently featured in World Soccer Digest Japan and many other international media outlets. Following Turkish football for close to two decades. Proud father to Aedin.
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