Beşiktaş break Galatasaray’s European record

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Updated: October 24, 2014

Beşiktaş’ 4-0 away victory at FK Partizan in the UEFA Europa League was the biggest away win for any Turkish club at the group stages of any European competition.

Beşiktaş started off their European campaign earlier this season with a 2-1 away win in Holland against Feyenoord Rotterdam during the qualifying rounds for the UEFA Champions League. They followed that up with a 3-1 home in Istanbul totalling their aggregate win to 5-2.

In the next qualifying round against Arsenal the Black Eagles didn’t find the net in either one of the games drawing 0-0 in Istanbul and unfortunately losing 1-0 at the Emirates stadium making it 1-0 on aggregate knocking them out of the UEFA Champions League.

Due to being knocked out in the final qualifying round of the Champions League, Beşiktaş qualified for the UEFA Europa League group stages where they drew their first game at home against a modest Asteras Tripolis side and on matchday two got another 1-1 draw in London against Tottenham Hotspur. Their 4-0 away win against FK Partizan was their third group stage game bringing them up to five points and top of Group C together with Tottneham who also have five points. Beşiktaş will face Partizan again in Istanbul in two weeks before traveling to Greece to face Asteras and hosting Tottenham on the final matchday in the group stages.

The previous record was on Galatasaray’s name, who had beaten Hertha Berlin 1-4 in Germany on the 26th of October 1999, nearly 15 years ago, in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League.

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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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