UEL: Beşiktaş: 2 Skënderbeu: 0

Updated: November 26, 2015

The Black Eagles have collected their second pair of 3 points in the UEFA Europa League Group H tonight as they beat Albanian Champions Skënderbeu Korçë 2-0 at the Atatürk Olimpiyat thanks to a Cenk Tosun brace.

It was far from a walk through the park however as the visitors gave Beşiktaş a real for their money at times, in fact the visitors looked the sharper of the two sides in the opening half hour.

Cenk Tosun failed to capitalize on an error from Berisha in the opening 3 minutes of the game and the visitors managed their own good opportunity via their striker Mehdi Salihi, but his shot went wide off target.

Since joining Beşiktaş at the start of the 2014-2015 season, Cenk Tosun has now scored an impressive 12 goals in 13 starts and assisted one more.

Since joining Beşiktaş at the start of the 2014-2015 season, Cenk Tosun has now scored an impressive 12 goals in 13 starts and assisted one more.

It was Cenk Tosun who opened the score in the 35th minute after an excellent cross in by Ismail, the first real chance for the hosts since the 3rd minute of the game. Cenk beat goalkeeper Shebi with a very well placed header but would find Skënderbeu’s captain twarting him on multiple occassions after his opening goal.

In fact Cenk could have easily doubled the Black Eagles’ lead early in the second half when he came one on one with Shebi, but the experienced keeper did well to save Cenk’s attempt and keeps his side in the game.

Not long after Cenk’s opportunity, there was another excellent chance for the Black Eagles. Thsi time it was central defender Dusko Tosic, who had replaced Ersan Gülüm midway through the first half after an injury, with the one on one chance for the hosts.

The second goal did come towards the last fifteen minutes of the game however, Gökhan Töre broke through on the left hand side and crossed it in to the box for Ricardo Quaresma who unselfishly squared it to Cenk Tosun for the easy tap in finish and his second of the evening.

Beşiktaş had several more chances to expand their lead, including one very good opportunity for Cenk Tosun to get his hattrick after an excellent pass from Oguzhan Özyakup, but the young striker could not complete the second hattrick in his professional career tonight.

Beşiktaş did what they had to do by beating Skënderbeu, who are now knocked out of the Europa League tournament, but will still have to get a result in Lisbon to qualify for the next round despite now going top of Group H with 9 points from 5 games. The reason for this is that Sporting got a sounding win away against Lokomotiv Moscow, 2-4 at the Lokomotiv stadion. Meaning that if Lokomotiv beat Skënderbeu on matchday 6 and the Black Eagles would lose at the hands of Sporting in Lisbon, they could still bail out of the 2015-2016 edition of the UEFA Europa League. A point however would secure qualifcation regardless of the result in the other game, while a loss from Lokomotiv would also guarantee qualifcation. A draw on the other hand would make things come down to goal difference.


Stadium: Atatürk Olimpiyat

Officials: Pawel Gil, Piotr Sadczuk, Marcin Borkowski, Konrad Sapela(4. official)
Beşiktaş: Tolga, Beck, Rhodolfo, Ersan(33′ Tosic), İsmail, Necip, Atiba, Gökhan(84′ Olcay), Oğuzhan, Kerim(68′ Quaresma), Cenk
Reserves: Günay, Serdar, Tosic, Olcay, Milosevic, Quaresma, Gomez

Head coach: Şenol Güneş

Skënderbeu: Shehi, Jashanica, Vangjeli, Radas, Abazi, Latifi(79′ Progni), Esquerdinha, Lilaj, Salihi(83′ Djair), Berisha(46′ Arapi), Olayinka

Reserves: Llapanji, Arapi, Osmani, Ademir, Dema, Progni, Djair
Head coach: Mirel Josa

Goals: Cenk (35′, 78′)

Yellow cards: Lilaj (41′), Vangjeli (63′)

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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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