UEL: Beşiktaş: 1 Sporting CP: 1

Updated: October 1, 2015

Beşiktaş could not continue their perfect start in the UEFA Europa League group stages as they were halted at home to a 1-1 draw by Sporting CP.

The Black Eagles may count themselves lucky however, seeing as the visitors had several good opportunities in the first half after they had already opened the scoring in the 16th minute via Bryan Ruiz.

But Colombian forward Téofilo Gutiérrez squandered all these opportunities to extend the visitors lead which allowed Beşiktaş to get back in to the game in the second half.


Quaresma tried everything to twart his former club, but ultimately could not impact the scoreline despite delivering several quality crosses.

The first half was poor however, the Black Eagles had a lot of issues in midfield and had a lot of difficulty finding a way through. William Carvalho was dictating the pace for Sporting and the trio of Sosa, Atiba and Necip could not get a grip on the game.

Şenol Güneş knew he had to do something and brought in Oguzhan Özyakup at halftime, the young playmaker had an immediate impact on the game. Despite Sporting still creating a few chances in the opening fifteen minutes of the second half, the Black Eagles noticeably gained more control over the match and this was in great part due to Oguzhan’s injection in to the game.

On the hourmark, Andreas Beck had a good rush ont he right hand side and found Sosa in the box who played it through to Gökhan Töre who managed to floor Rui Patricio, pulling the game level: 1-1.


Gökhan Töre has been instrumental in Beşiktaş’ recent Europa League campaigns, in twelve games he was involved in eight goals: 5 goals and 3 assists.

The Black Eagles tried to push on and get another goal but the final pass or shot was just lacking a bit in quality. Oguzhan had a good run down the middle followed up by a good dummy and shot from just outside the box but it went just wide off the target. While Mario Gomez initially missed an excellent Gökhan Töre cross, the German somewhat made up for not connecting well with the cross as he did well to win a duel and get the ball to Atiba Hutchinson. But the Canadian’s shot should have been better and went wide.

There was another very interesting position as Mario Gomez was fouled in the box, the referee initially awarded a penalty kick it seemed like after his assistant behind the goal pointed out to him that there was a penalty offence. But the linesman informed him that there was an offside situation prior to that and therefore the penalty was not awarded.

The Black Eagles still tried to find a late winner and in the 90th minute had a freekick in an interesting position, but Oguzhan hit the wall.

The visitors could have gotten the win aswell in the final minute of added time, but Ismail Köybasi did well to keep Gelson Martins off the ball, clearing in to a corner which did not result in to anything.

The match ended in a one all draw, Beşiktaş getting their  fourth point out of six while Sporting gets theirt first point after they had lost at home on the opening match against Lokomotiv Moscow.


In the other match in Group H, Lokomotiv Moscow beat Skënderbeu in Moscow: 2-0.

Lokomotiv now have six points out of two games and are of course the leaders in the group, followed by Beşiktaş on four and Sporting on one point, while Skënderbeu is bottom with no points.


Stadium: Atatürk Olimpiyat

Officials: Paolo Tagliavento, Matteo Passeri, Fabiano Preti, Alessandro Giallatini(4. official)
Beşiktaş: Tolga, Beck, Rhodolfo, Ersan, İsmail, Necip(46′ Oğuzhan), Atiba, Gökhan, Sosa(68′ Cenk), Quaresma(90+1′ Kerim), Gomez
Reserves: Günay, Serdar, Milosevic, Tosic, Kerim, Oğuzhan, Cenk

Head Coach: Şenol Güneş

Sporting CP: Patricio, Pereira, Naldo, Silva, Tobias, Carvalho, Aquilani(78′ Martins), Mane, Matheus(55′ A. Silva), Ruiz, Teofilo(70′ Slimani)

Reserves: Boeck, Jose, Martins, Adrien, Montero, Esgaio, Slimani
Head coach: Jorge Jesus

Goals: Ruiz (16′), Gökhan (61′)
Yellow cards: J. Silva (18′), Rhodolfo (25′), Ersan (58′), J. Pereira (73′)

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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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