UEL: FK Partizan: 0 Beşiktaş JK: 4

Updated: October 23, 2014

What was labeled as a very tough away game prior to the match taking place turned out to be one of the easiest games the Eagles have had to play all season. Beşiktaş took control of the match straight from the kick-off and was rewarded after 18 minutes when Oguzhan played the ball to Veli Kavlak who had a shot at goal from long range, goalkeeper Lukac could not get to the ball and the Black Eagles took an early and deserved lead in the Serbian capital of Belgrade.


Beşiktaş kept bringing the game to Partizan and kept them pinned down on their own half for the majority of the first half but on the 35th minute Skuletic broke free on the left and centered the ball to Zivkovic who had a close range effort but Tolga did brilliantly to tap the ball over the bar. This was Partizan’s best attempt of the game and the resulting corner didn’t threaten Tolga a second time.


Just before halftime Olcay set up Demba Ba for the second goal of the evening and the big man didn’t dissapoint as he scored his 7th goal in 10 appearances for the Black Eagles.

Beşiktaş immediatly went for the jugular in the second half, Olcay played it to Gökhan who set up Oguzhan for the third goal of the night in 52nd minute and barely two minutes later Demba Ba led Gökhan Töre through the offside trap who established the final score barely 9 minutes in to the second half.


For the remainder of the second half the Black Eagles controlled the game and seemed satisfied with the result. Gökhan Töre and Demba Ba were both given an early substitution to rest them for monday’s game against Kayseri Erciyesspor and Oguzhan was later substituted aswell.

In the end the Eagles might have scored even more goals had they kept up the pressure but Bilic and his men were more than satisfied with the impressive 4-0 scoreline.

In the other match in GROUP C Tottenham Hotspur beat Asteras Tripolis 5-1 thanks to a Harry Kane hattrick. But they did see goalkeeper Lloris, who put in a man of the match performance against the Black Eagles some weeks ago, sent off several minutes before fulltime. Hattrick hero Harry Kane took to goal but could not prevent the visitors from getting their late consolation goal.


Beşiktaş and Tottenham now lead Group C with five points from three games, they both have a goal difference of +4. Asteras is in third position with four points and Partizan are bottom with just one point from three games.

The Black Eagles host Partizan on the 6th of November while Asteras will host Tottenham, much will be decided on matchday four of the UEFA Europa League group stages it seems. A win for both Beşiktaş and Tottenham will put them four points clear of Asteras. On the 27th of November Beşiktaş will travel to Greece and will have the chance to qualify for the next round there. The final matchday will be Beşiktaş – Tottenham, likely to decide who finishes the group top.

Some interesting statistics:

  • Demba Ba has now scored seven goals and assisted two more in ten appearances for the Black Eagles.
  • Gökhan Töre now has two goals and three assists in eleven appearances this season.
  • This is Partizan’s first home defeat in twenty-four games, their last defeat at home was on the 6th of August 2013 nearly an entire year ago.
  • This is the biggest away win for any Turkish club in European group competition. The previous record was on Galatasaray’s name who defeated Berlin 1-4.


Stadium: Partizana, Belgrade (Serbia)

Officials: Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni, Riccardo Di Firoe, Matteo Passeri, Alessandro Giallatini (4th official)
Beşiktaş: Tolga Zengin, Necip Uysal, Tomas Sivok, Pedro Franco, Ramon Motta, Veli Kavlak, Atiba Hutchinson, Olcay Şahan, Gökhan Töre (64′ Kerim Frei), Oğuzhan (78′ İsmail Köybaşi), Demba Ba (69′ Cenk Tosun)
Reserves: Cenk Gönen, Uğur Boral, Ersan Gülüm, İsmail Köybaşi, Atınç Nukan, Kerim Frei, Cenk Tosun
Head coach: Slaven Bilic (CRO)


FK Partizan: Lukac, Volkov, Stankovic, Cirkovic, Branko Ilic, Stevanovic, Zivkovic (67′ Grbic), Drincic (61′ Markovic), Pantic, Lazovic (62′ Ninkovic), Skuletic
Reserves: Kljajic, Petrovic, Ninkovic, Markovic, S. Ilic, Fofana, Grbic
Head coach: Marko Nikolić

Goals: Veli Kavlak (18′), Demba Ba (45′), Oğuzhan (52′), Gökhan (54′)

Yellow cards: Olcay (14′), Motta (31′), Volkov (42′), Branko Ilic (75′)

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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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