UCL: Beşiktaş: 2 RB Leipzig: 0

Updated: September 26, 2017

The Black Eagles continue their dream start to their Champions League campaign with their second victory in just as many games after beating RB Leipzig at the Vodafone Park: 2-0.

Just as in Porto, Beşiktaş took an early lead to the game this time through Ryan Babel after a superb individual action from Cenk Tosun on the left wing: 1-0 after just 11 minutes.

With that early lead the visitors knew what they had to do and Leipzig showed their quality and at times succeeded in dominating possession. Midfielder Naby Keita was strongly flirting with a second yellow card however after going in to the book after just 17 minutes, on two occassions referee Karasev could have and perhaps should have sent him for an early showever but the Russian refused to show Keita his second card despite a very late challenge on Atiba Hutchinson and a slap to the throat of Anderson Talisca within the first half hour.

While Babel dealt the final blow away at Porto two weeks ago, tonight he opened the score after an excellent Cenk Tosun assist!

Leipzig’s biggest offensive threat, Timo Werner, had to be subbed off halfway through the first half and this left Leipzig in a difficult position. His replacement Klostermann nearly fed Augustin the equalizer just a few minutes later after a sublime through ball from the man who should have been off; Naby Keita. But the linesman judged that Klostermann was in an offside position, the replay showed that it was an extremely tight call.

As Leipzig were growing in the match Beşiktaş struck on the counter, much as in Porto Beşiktaş scored their second goal against the run of play after a tremendous Trivela cross from Ricardo Quaresma on the right wing was met with a thunderous Anderson Talisca header: 2-0 just before halftime in the 43rd minute.

Beşiktaş headed in to the halftime break with a comfortable lead over an energetic Leipzig and so Ralph Hasenhüttl had to take extra risks and took off defender, and captain, Will Orban for an offensive minded midfielder Kevin Kampl.

The Black Eagles invited the pressure as Leipzig pushed them back during the opening 15 minutes of the first half until one of the floodlights gave way and the match had to be paused for roughly 12 minutes. After the unscheduled break the match continued largely the same, in the meantime Bruma (ex-Galatasaray) had come on to replace Naby Keita whilst Gary Medel had to be taken off due to injury and was replaced by Necip Uysal. Leipzig continued to pound on the door but apart from long range efforts they could muster very little, their conditioning and energy was impressive but they just couldn’t find a way through the defensive wall of Beşiktaş.

Anderson Talisca’s unforgiving header gave Beşiktaş a comfortable 2-0 lead just before halftime following an amazing Trivela cross by the master himself: Ricardo Quaresma.

Until Pepe made an error in his own box in the 83rd minute and Sabitzer managed to steal the ball and hit the post, the Germans had only managed to test Fabri from distance. But Leipzig squandered that rare golden opportunity and Beşiktaş grew in the match, with a bit more efficiency perhaps they could have made it 3-0 on the break, with the best chance coming for Dusko Tosic of all people after an impressive solo run and one-two with Álvaro Negredo, but the final score remained the same as the halftime score as Beşiktaş are off to a flying start in Group G with six points out of six following a 2-0 win over Champions League debutants Redbull Leipzig.


Beşiktaş 2 – 0 RB Leipzig
AS Monaco 0 – 3 FC Porto (2x Vincent Aboubakar)

After two games Beşiktaş lead the group with the maximum of the points and goal differential of +4. FC Porto are in second place with 3 points and a goal differential of +1. Leipzig are in 3rd with 1 points and a goal differential of -2 while Monaco are bottom with 1 points with a goal differential of -3.

Fun facts:

  • Ricardo Quaresma has had a hand in 8 goals in 8 UCL appearances for Beşiktaş (3 goals, 5 assists).
  • Beşiktaş win their first ever Champions League home game at Vodafone Park (4 games, 3 draws and 1 win).
  • Beşiktaş are now 10 home games unbeaten in Europe.
  • Beşiktaş have won their opening two Champions League matches for the first time in the club’s history.

Stadium: Vodafone Park

Official: Sergey Karasev (RUS)

Beşiktaş XI: Fabricio Ramirez; Caner Erkin, Dusko Tosic, Pepe, Gary Medel (60′ Necip Uysal); Atiba Hutchinson, Oğuzhan Özyakup, Anderson Talisca (71′ Tolgay Arslan); Ricardo Quaresma, Cenk Tosun (80′ Álvaro Negredo), Ryan Babel

Reserves: Tolga Zengin, Matej Mitrovic, Necip Uysal, Tolgay Arslan, Jeremain Lens, Mustafa Pektemek, Álvaro Negredo

Head coach: Şenol Güneş


RB Leipzig XI: Peter Gulacsi; Stefan Ilsanker, Willi Orban (46′ Kevin Kampl), Dayot Upamecano, Marcel Halstenberg; Marcel Sabitzer, Naby Keita (59′ Bruma), Emil Forsberg, Diego Demme; Timo Werner (32′ Lukas Klostermann), Jean-Kevin Augustin

Reserves: Yvon Mvogo, Lukas Klostermann, Bernardo, Bruma, Konrad Laimer, Kevin Kampl, Yussuf Poulsen

Head coach: Ralph Hasenhüttl

Goals: Ryan Babel (11′), Anderson Talisca (43′)

Yellow cards: Caner Erkin (15′), Naby Keita (17′), Fabri (87′)

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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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