Skënderbeu Korçë stun Europe and do Black Eagles a huge favour

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Updated: November 5, 2015

Skënderbeu Korçë have just finished their home game against Sporting CP in Group H and have pulled off the upset of the group stages by smashing the Portuguese league leaders by 3-0.

Things looked grim for the Black Eagles after a dissapointing 1-1 draw against Lokomotiv Moscow earlier today, the draw meant that Beşiktaş would no longer be in control of their own faith in the group if Sporting would get a logical win away at the Elbasan Arena against Skënderbeu.

But the Albanian champions decided otherwise as they stunned Jorge Jesùs’ side at the Elbasan by beating them with a clear 3-0 scoreline.

A huge suprise as the Portuguese outfit had beaten the Albanians two weeks ago in Lisbon with a sounding 5-1 scoreline.

Everyone expected a relatively easy win for Sporting tonight, but Skënderbeu took the match by storm as they were already 2-0 up after just 17 minutes and Sporting saw goalkeeper Rui Patricio sent off after 15 minutes, following a penalty foul. Sabien Lilaj had already scored the opener and also converted the spotkick in minute 16 while Bakary Nimago added to Skënderbeu’s lead in the 56th minute.

This victory for Skënderbeu now means that Beşiktaş are in a good position to proceed to the next round. Although they will have to make sure not to make the same mistake as Sporting did tonight and not underestimate Skënderbeu and get the 3 points at the Atatürk Olimpiyat when they meet on matchday 5. If The Black Eagles secure the 3 points and Sporting does not beat Lokomotiv in Moscow, then Beşiktaş qualify for the next round and can rest their key players on the final matchday when they travel to Lisbon to face Sporting, as they have the important Galatasaray derby 4 days later.

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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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