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UEL: Beşiktaş: 2 Lyon: 1 (Pen: 6-7)
A somewhat anti-climactic ending to the Black Eagles’ 2016/17 European campaign as they miss out reaching their first ever European semi-final by a hair after losing 6-7 on penalties, while having won the game in regular time 2-1.
Beşiktaş just came up short in sudden death of the penalty shoot-out after the first 6 spotkicks had been perfectly converted by both sides, Dusko Tosic saw his penalty saved by Anthony Lopes and while Christophe Jallet gave the home crowd hope once again after missing his penalty, Matej Mitrovic that other Beşiktaş center back on the night saw his penalty saved aswell while Lyon captain Maxime Gonalons converted the deciding 16th spotkick and sent Olympique Lyonnais to the Europa League semi-finals.
In regular time Beşiktaş had taken the lead after 29 minutes, a well worked goal following a Quaresma corner from Anderson Talisca: 1-0. But the joy at the Vodafone Arena quickly turned to sorrow as the unavoidable Alexandre Lacazette lofted the ball over Fabri in the 34th minute: 1-1 and Lyon up once again on aggregate.
Anderson Talisca put the Black Eagles back in front and once again level on aggregate with a fabulous header in the 58th minute and while both sides had chances, it remained 2-1 after 90 minutes meaning extra time.
While both sides again had their chances to win, it remained all squared after 120 minutes and therefore penalties had to decide the outcome, in which Lyon narrowly edged out the Black Eagles 6-7.
Beşiktaş leave Europe with their heads held high but perhaps are left wondering what could have been, they’ve never come this close to reaching a European semi-final before and will thoroughly regret this missed opportunity.
But there is little time for sorrow as Monday Beşiktaş will take on Adanaspor and need 3 points to remain (atleast) 5 points clear at the top of the Turkish Süper Lig table.
Stadium: Vodafone Arena
Official: Milorad Mazic (SER)
Beşiktaş XI: Fabricio Ramirez; Gökhan Gönul – Marcelo Guedes – Dusko Tosic – Adriano Correia (77′ Andreas Beck); Atiba Hutchinson – Oğuzhan Özyakup (94′ Necip Uysal) – Anderson Talisca; Ricardo Quaresma (116′ Tolgay Arslan) – Cenk Tosun – Ryan Babel
Reserves: Tolga Zengin, Tolgay Arslan, Necip Uysal, Andreas Beck, Atınç Nukan, Gökhan İnler, Caner Erkin
Head coach: Şenol Güneş
Olympique Lyonnais XI: Anthony Lopes; Jérémy Morel (120′ Maciej Rybus) – Nicolas Nkoulou – Mouctar Diakhaby – Christophe Jallet; Corentin Tolisso – Maxime Gonalons – Lucas Tousart; Maxwel Cornet (77′ Nabil Fekir) – Mathieu Valbuena – Alexandre Lacazette (91′ Rachid Ghezzal)
Reserves: Mathieu Georgelin, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Rachid Ghezzal, Jordan Ferri, Sergi Darder, Nabil Fekir, Maciej Rybus
Head coach: Bruno Génésio
Goals: Anderson Talisca (27′, 58′), Alexandre Lacazette (34′)
Yellow cards: Adriano Correia (29′), Maxime Gonalons (32′), Dusko Tosic (78′), Gökhan Gönül (118′)