UEL: Lokomotiv Moscow: 1 Beşiktaş: 1

Updated: October 22, 2015

The Black Eagles have gotten the minimum requirement from their trip to the Russian capital as they played to a 1-1 draw with Lokomotiv Moscow on matchday 3 of the UEFA Europa League in Group H.

In the other game in the group Sporting CP beat Skënderbeu Korçë easily with an impressive 5-1 scoreline. But Skënderbeu did score their first ever goal in the group stages of any UEFA competition.

Beşiktaş started well in Moscow and throughout the first half looked to be in control of the tempo of the game, Lokomotiv kept up well with the Black Eagles but the visitors looked the more dominant of the two without either side truely having big chances. There were some half chances on both ends but more both goalkeepers had very little work in the first half.

The Black Eagles started the second half with a tremendous chance as Gökhan Töre was through on goal but his effort went wide off the target.

The home side took advantage of a defensive error from José Sosa in 54th minute, Ourmar Niasse (ex-Akhisar Belediyespor) did well to find Maicon in the center of the box who put the hosts up: 1-0.

Mario Gómez celebrates his first european goal for the Black Eagles as a true Eagle!

Mario Gómez celebrates his first european goal for the Black Eagles as a true Eagle!

Beşiktaş looked a little shaken after that goal and for next few minutes the hosts took control of the game but after ten minutes the score was all square again as Oguzhan Özyakup took the ball upfield and passed it to Mario Gómez who fired on goal from the edge of the penalty area and scored his first European goal for the Black Eagles.

Not long after equalizer the hosts went down to ten men after Cenk Tosun was taken down in the center off the pitch, Vedran Corluka made an offensive motion towards Oguzhan Özyakup and Serge Gumienny had little choice but to send off the experienced Croatian defender.

The game was paused for a few minutes as in the heat of the moment during Corluka’s sending off several other players, mainly Lokomotiv’s players, could not keep their composure and also got shown yellow cards.

The Black Eagles continued to take the initiative after the red card but could not find another goal in the remaining 20-something minutes and ultimately the game ended in a draw. Which both sides will likely be happy with, it was an entertaining and very competitive game between two very evenly matched sides.

The battle in Group H continues to prove interesting, Beşiktaş would do well to get atleast a point at home against Lokomotiv but a win would put them in a very good position with their eyes ont he next round.

Stadium: Lokomotiv

Officials: Serge Gumienny, Jimmy Cremers, Thibaud Nijssen, Dirk Gilon(4. official)
Beşiktaş: Tolga, Beck, Rhodolfo, Ersan, İsmail, Atiba, Oğuzhan, Sosa(57′ Necip), Gökhan(65′ Cenk), Quaresma(87′ Kerim), Mario Gomez

Reserves: Günay, Serdar, Milosevic, Tosic, Necip, Kerim, Cenk

Head coach: Şenol Güneş

L. Moskova: Marinato, Denisov, Corluka, Roman, Taras, Fernandes(73′ Durica), N’Dinga, Samedov, Kolomeitsev, Maicon(80′ Kasaev), Niasse(88′ Grigorev)

Reserves: Abaev, Yanbaev, Durica, Kasaev, Grigorev, Miranchuk, Skuletic
Head coach: Igor Cherevchenko

Goals: Maicon (54′), Gomez (64′)

Yellow cards: Ndinga (44′), İsmail (62′), Oğuzhan (69′), Marinato (69′), Samedov (69′), Niasse (70′), Gomez (81′)

Red card: Corluka (69′)

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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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