Club Brugge: 2 Beşiktaş: 1

Updated: March 15, 2015

Despite controlling the majority of the game in ball possession the Black Eagles returned from their first leg in the Europa League round of 16 with a defeat.

1. Half

Beşiktaş dictated the pace of the game and had 57% ball possession in the first half but it was Club Brugge who proved to be most dangerously, but only on set-pieces. The home side could not truely string together any clear cut chances and preffered to play the long ball over their usual combination style of play, something which was sort of forced on them due to the injury of their playmaker Victor Vazquez. While the Eagles controlled possession and dictated the pace, they did escape several time from going a goal down on set-pieces. In fact, Brugge saw a goal dissalowed in the 12th minute after their first corner kick.

2. Half

The second half got off on a flying start as Gökhan Töre ripped open the home side’s defence with an impressive rush on the right wing, he cut inside and fired a shot at goal which superbly beat goalkeeper Matthew Ryan and put the Black Eagles in the driver’s seat. The all important away goal was now scored.

For the following 15 minutes the Black Eagles absolutely dominated the game, Brugge couldn’t get off their own half and Beşiktaş kept flirting with the second goal which would most likely secure qualifcation for the next round. However, opportunities were squandered and Brugge managed to get back in to the game after a shot at goal was deflected in by their striker Tom De Sutter.

That goal really seemed to have put a fire under Brugge as they kept pressuring the Black Eagles int heir own half and pinning them down, suddenly reversing the roles of the match, where Brugge were completely ont he back foot a minute earlier they were now firmly in control of the game.

In the 78th minute Serdar made an unlucky challenge in the box and the Scotting referee pointed to the spot. Lior Rafaelov converted and made Brugge’s comeback complete.

Cenk Gönen had a huge brainfart towards the end which nearly made this, still very favourable scoreline for the return leg, in to a much less favourable 3-1. But luckily Ersan was there to save his goalkeeper and the team from conceding another goal.

In the end a 2-1 result isn’t bad in these types of games, the away goal could prove incredibly important but nevertheless the Eagles will feel that they missed a huge opportunity as they should really have killed off the game after the 0-1 by scoringa second goal. Slaven Bilic was not amused after the game.


 Stadium: Jan Breydel stadion, Brugge

Officials: Craig Thomson, Francis Connor, David McGeachie, Stuart Stevenson (4th official)
Beşiktaş: Cenk Gönen; Serdar, Necip, Ersan, Opare; Veli Kavlak, Tolgay, Oğuzhan (72′ Kerim); Gökhan Töre, Olcay (83′ Mustafa), Demba Ba
Reserves: Tolga Zengin, Pedro Franco, Atınç Nukan, Ramon Motta, Kerim Frei, Mustafa Pektemek, Cenk Tosun

Head coach: Slaven Bilic

Club Brugge: Ryan; Duarte, De Bock, Meunier, Mechele, Mbombo (46′ Conceiçao); De Fauw (61′ Oulare), Vormer, Simons; De Sutter(87′ Dierckx), Refaelov
Reserves: Kujovic, Silva, Reuten, Conceiçao, Oulare, Storm, Dierckx
Head coach: Michel Preud’homme

Goal(s): Gökhan Töre (46′), Tom De Sutter (62′), Refaelov (78′ Pen.)

Yellow card(s): Tom De Sutter (16′), Tolgay (38′), Necip (42′), Cenk Gönen (69′), Oulare (85′)

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Kaan Bayazit

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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