Beşiktaş: 1 Tottenham: 0

Updated: December 11, 2014

The Black Eagles faced Tottenham Hotspur tonight for the top spot in Group C on the final matchday of the UEFA Europa League group stages.

Beşiktaş had a long list of absent players due to injury (Demba Ba, Tomas Sivok, Mustafa Pektemek, Veli Kavlak), suspension (Atiba Hutchinson) and illness (Oguzhan Özyakup) and therefore had to fill the bench with academy players.

Beşiktaş found it difficult in the first half to get control over midfield due to the absense of Atiba and Veli and saw the visitors dominate most of the play. Tottenham looked the most dangerous but appart from a good chance for Roberto Soldado couldn’t really treaten Tolga Zengin.

The first half was also overshadowed by the first of two power outages, the game was paused for roughly 15 minutes. In the last 5 minutes of the first half the Eagles had their best spell of said half and had a good chance to open the scoring via Olcay Sahan, but his shot went just over the crossbar.

Ersan Gülüm picked up an injury and had to be replaced at halftime, Bilic had few options on the bench and had to put 21-year old Atinç Nukan on the pitch, a Beşiktaş academy product.

The Black Eagles started the second half off more determined, needing a win to top the group and just before the hour had their best offensive spell of the entire game: first Cenk Tosun’s strike from distance spat out on the crossbar and a minute later Gökhan Töre crosspassed the ball to Olcay in the box who layed it back for the simple tap-in finish from Cenk Tosun.

Cenk Tosun celebrated his 4th goal in 3 games by holding up Mustafa Pektemek’s shirt, who got severely injured over the weekend in the game against Trabzonspor (3-0 win), breaking his cheekbone and nose.


A few minutes after the goal there was a fantastic one-two between Kerim Frei and Cenk Tosun, Kerim came one on one with Michel Vorm and should have doubled the Black Eagles’ lead but his shot went in to the side-netting.

After the 70th minute Tottenham made several substitutions in an attempt for a late offensive.

But the final 20 minutes saw few to no chances for Tottenham despite piling on the pressure. Bilic brought on Ismail in the 84th minute for Gökhan Töre.

The referee added on 3 minutes of extra time and just as the clock went over the 90-minute mark the lights went out for a second time. The power issues were caused by power shortages in other areas in Istanbul at the time.

After another extended break the lights came back on and the final 3 minutes of the match were finished off, at this point Tottenham created the most intense pressure of the game but still couldn’t find a good chance. Atinç Nukan did very well in the air clearing quite a few balls up the field, the youngster made a solid impression. 19-year old striker Furkan Yaman who made his senior squad debut a week ago in the Turkish cup against Sariyer also came in in the final minute of added time.


A massive win for the Black Eagles especially given the circumstances, missing so many first team players, this victory takes them top of Group C and puts them in a more favourable position for tomorow’s draw for the round of 32.


Stadium: Atatürk Olimpiyat

Officials: Stefan Johannesson, Fredrik Nilsson, Daniel Gustavsson, Magnus Sjöblom (4th official)
Beşiktaş: Tolga Zengin, Serdar Kurtuluş, Ersan Gülüm (46′ Atınç Nukan), Pedro Franco, Ramon Motta, Necip Uysal, Gökhan Töre (84’İsmail), Kerim Frei (90+3′ Furkan Yaman), José Sosa, Olcay Sahan, Cenk Tosun
Reserves: Emre Metin, Tugay Kaya, Ümit Karaal, Atınç Nukan, İsmail Köybaşi, Furkan Yaman
Head coach: Slaven Bilic

Tottenham: Michel Vorm, Walker (76′ Capoue), Rose, Younés Kaboul, Chiricheş, Paulinho (69′ Aaron Lennon), Townsend, Moussa Dembele, Nacer Chadli, Stambouli, Roberto Soldado (69′ Eric Lamela)
Reserves: Lloris, Fazio, Davies, Lennon, Lamela, Capoue, Onomah
Head coach: Mauricio Pochettino

Goal: Cenk Tosun (59′)

Yellow card(s): Ersan (Dk.21)

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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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