UCL: Beşiktaş: 1 AS Monaco: 1

Updated: November 3, 2017

Beşiktaş continue their unbeaten European run but have failed to secure a fourth victory in a row at home against AS Monaco.

The Black Eagles played to a 1-1 draw, coming back from behind thanks to a Cenk Tosun penalty early in the second half. Both sides had chances, with Beşiktaş arguably having the best ones, but it remained all square at the Vodafone Park. With this Beşiktaş now have 10 points and remain top of the table, 4 points clear from second placed FC Porto. Monaco meanwhile remain bottom with 2 points, 2 points behind RB Leipzig who they’ll host on the 21st of November.

Beşiktaş need just one point in their next match against FC Porto on November 21st at the Vodafone Park to secure qualification to last 16 as group winners. But even should Beşiktaş lose, they’d still qualify if Leipzig fail to beat Monaco at the Stade Louis II.

One point in either of their next two games would suffice to see Beşiktaş through to the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League for the first time in the club’s history, however they won’t want to go through a repeat of last season in having to need to secure a result away from home in order to qualify. Therefore Beşiktaş would do well to finish the job with a game in hand at their own Vodafone Park where they’ve never lost a match before in European competition.

Beşiktaş could have sealed the deal already had they beaten Monaco, but despite dominating the first half and creating several promising opportunities, a rare Adriano Correia mistake led to the 0-1 on the stroke of halftime through Lopes.

It didn’t take the Black Eagles long to respond though as both teams took to the pitch again for the second half, Cenk Tosun did briliantly to play Quaresma through on the right, the experienced Portuguese winger was brought down in the box and referee Tagliavento had no choice but to point to the spot. Cenk Tosun stept up for his 4th Champions League goal and converted the penalty: 1-1 after 54 minutes. Monaco’s keeper Subasic got a touch but couldn’t prevent Cenk’s penalty from going in under the bar.

The Black Eagles could’ve found themselves in the lead just 4 minutes later when Ryan Babel provided Quaresma with a golden opportunity, but the experienced Portuguese blasted the ball in to the stands instead of in an open goal.

As the match approached it’s end Monaco took more and more risks as they needed to win in order to still stand a chance to qualify for the next round, this saw them retain more of the ball especially once Tolgay Arslan was subbed off. But it also led to chances for Beşiktaş on the counter.

Ricardo Quaresma got away with murder a few minutes before fulltime after kicking Monaco’s rightback Andrea Raggi, but the referee spared Quaresma and gave him a yellow card. Just a minute or two later Quaresma had the perfect opportunity to provide Ryan Babel with the late winner, but instead he selfishly decided to shoot and put the chance wide.

In the other match in Group G FC Porto secured a 2-1 home victory over RB Leipzig, moving them in to second place with 6 points, Leipzig are in 3rd with 4 points while Monaco are bottom with 2.

Stadium: Vodafone Park

Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)

Beşiktaş XI: Fabricio Ramirez; Gökhan Gönül, Pepe, Dusko Tosic (69′ Gary Medel), Adriano Correia; Atiba Hutchinson (83′ Anderson Talisca), Tolgay Arslan (75′ Matej Mitrovic), Oğuzhan Özyakup; Ricardo Quresma, Cenk Tosun, Ryan Babel

Reserves: Tolga Zengin, Matej Mitrovic, Jeremain Lens, Necip Uysal, Anderson Talisca, Gary Medel, Alvaro Negredo

Head coach: Şenol Güneş

AS Monaco XI: Subasic; Jemerson, Jorge, Raggi, Glik; Fabinho, Moutinho, Tielemans (74′ Carrillo), Lopes (85′ Diakhaby), Lemar (26′ Jovetic) ; Keita Balde

Reserves: Bengalio, N’Doram, Toure, Boschilla, Jovetic, Carrillo, Diakhaby

Head coach: Leonardo Jardim

Goals: Lopes (45′), Cenk Tosun (54′ pen.)

Yellow cards: Tolgay Arslan (25′), Marco (53′), Tosic (65′), Quaresma (88′), Medel (90′), Diakhaby (90′)

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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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