UEL: Lyon: 2 Beşiktaş: 1

Updated: April 13, 2017

At first glance Beşiktaş have gotten a decent away result tonight at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, however they’ll be kicking themselves after leading the match until minute 83 but allowing the game to be turned around in just a minute.

Beşiktaş started the match briliantly and came close to opening the scoring after just 4 minutes, when Marcelo made a spectacular overheaded attempt but goalkeeper Lopes managed to tap it from under his bar.

Six minutes later again Marcelo came close to opening the scoring after a dangerous corner, but Marcelo’s shot was cleared in front of the line. Beşiktaş would get their deserved lead however after 15 minutes when Anderson Talisca took a free-kick surprisingly quickly and just lifted it perfect in for Ryan Babel who left Anthony Lopes with no chance: 0-1 after 15 minutes and Beşiktaş had their precious away goal.

Lyon had much of the ball during the first half but couldn’t create any real chances and frequently found themselves caught offside. Beşiktaş again through Marcelo had a good chance 5 minutes from halftime but the Brazilian’s free headed opportunity was put wide. 0-1 at halftime.

Ryan Babel gets the all important away goal for the Black Eagles, after a briliant quick freekick by Anderson Talisca

Beşiktaş came out of the dressing room with the same lineup and again came close to scoring after just 3 minutes, Anderson Talisca was left unmarked at the far post but somehow put his header wide, perhaps due to the Lyon goalkeeper’s dived effort to save the ball. An excellent opportunity and one that Beşiktaş should have put away to perhaps kill off the game.

Two minutes later Alexandre Lacazette was sent through for the first time and brought down by Fabri, the home crowd expected a penalty but referee Antonio Mateu spotted his linesman’s flag and called for offside, a very good decision as the replay would show.

Just past the hour mark Lyon again thought they’d won a penalty, but once again Lacazette was ruled offside and once again the officials made the correct decision despite heavy pressure from the home crowd.

But Lyon’s pressure remained relentless and Mathieu Valbuena came close to levelling the scores with a well curled shot from the edge of the area, but the 32 year old playmaker put it just wide. At this point though Beşiktaş continued to invite heavy pressure by the homeside and an equalizer was hanging in the air.

Another apparant penalty a few minutes later, this time for Beşiktaş, but again the officials ruled for offside.

After 78 minutes Lyon surely should ahve scored but Tolisso somehow put a header from 5 yards out against the bar, the rebound was blasted over, it just seemed to not be their day. Especially when Fabri denied Cornet a golden opportunity 3 minutes later with a briliant one on one save.

But the inevitable equalizer did come just two minutes later, Tolgay Arslan gave away a dangerous free-kick in the 83rd minute and this time Tolisso did connect well enough with the cross to beat Fabri: 1-1.

Beşiktaş couldn’t believe what happened just mear seconds after the equlizer, after a poor back pass from Atiba, Fabri made a huge mistake while under pressure by 3 Lyon players, he tried to dribble once too many and gifted Lyon the second goal on a silver platter: 2-1 after 84 minutes, Beşiktaş concede twice in 60 seconds.

Fortunately for the Black Eagles it stopped there, Lyon seemed content with their narrow win and Beşiktaş will be kicking themselves for conceding two late goals in quick succession. However, a 2-1 away result isn’t the worst thing in the world and hopefully Beşiktaş can now channel their energy positively over the next 7 days and turn things around at the Vodafone Arena.

Beşiktaş will have to do without stalwart defender Marcelo Guedes in the return leg though, as he will miss Thursday’s match due to a yellow card suspension. Lyon defender Rafael will also miss next week’s game. Ricardo Quaresma will hopefully be fit to play.

One quick word for the officials in this match, absolutely phenomenal performance by Antonio Mateu and his assistants. Had we had this referee in Kiev, who knows what might have been.

Stadium: Parc Olympique Lyonnais

Official: Antonio Mateu

Olympique Lyonnais XI: Rafael da Silva (52′ Cristophe Jallet)- Anthony Lopes; Emanuel Mammana – Mouctar Diakhaby – Jeremy Morel; Corentin Tolisso – Mathieu Valbuena – Lucas Tousart; Rachid Ghezzal (52′ Maxwell Cornet) – Alexandre Lacazette – Nabil Fekir

Reserves: Mathieu Georgelin, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Christophe Jallet, Jordan Ferri, Sergi Darder, Houssem Aouar, Maxwell Cornet

Head coach: Bruno Genesio

Beşiktaş XI: Fabricio Ramirez; Gökhan Gönul – Marcelo Guedes – Matej Mitrovic (64′ Necip Uysal) – Dusko Tosic; Atiba Hutchinson – Oğuzhan Özyakup (74′ Tolgay Arslan) – Anderson Talisca; Adriano Correia – Cenk Tosun (87′ Gökhan İnler) – Ryan Babel

Reserves: Tolga Zengin, Andreas Beck, Atinç Nukan, Necip Uysal, Gökhan İnler, Tolgay Arslan, Ömer Şişmanoğlu

Head coach: Şenol Güneş

Goals: Ryan Babel (15′), Corenti Tolisso (83′), Jeremy Morel (84′)

Yellow cards: Rafael (20′ misses next match), Marcelo (21′ misses next match), Lacazette (58′), Fekir (67′), Jollet (73′), Mathieu Valbuena (80′) Tolgay Arslan (83′)

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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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