UEL: Sporting CP: 3 Beşiktaş: 1

Updated: December 10, 2015

The Black Eagles bow out of the UEFA Europa League tonight due to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Sporting CP at the Estádio José Alvalade.

Despite the scoreline indicating that it was an easy night for Sporting, it certainly wasn’t as Beşiktaş were easily the dominant side in the opening 65 minutes of the game and had even opened the scoring after an excellent trivela cross by Ricardo Quaresma to Mario Gómez. It wasn’t the first excellent cross from Quaresma on the night either as he had already previously put both Gómez and Olcay alone in front of goalkeeper Rui Patricio, but first Gómez misscontrolled the first chance and Olcay’s volley was saved by the Sporting goalkeeper. This had all come in the first half, while the goal had come after a good ten minutes in the second half.

And what did the hosts put against that? Very little in fact, a shot in the first two minutes of the game seemingly indicated that Sporting may push for an early goal but the Black Eagles quickly restored balance and possession was pretty even steven at halftime at 51% – 49% with the Black Eagles creating the most danger while Sporting managed to create very little.

In fact even after the opening goal by Mario Gómez it were still the Black Eagles who looked in control of the match, and for a solid ten minutes had Sporting CP on the ropes, until Islam Slimani was sent through on goal in the 66th minute, Slimani’s first touch was quite bad though and the ball jumped atleast two meters from his foot, it should have been an easy ball for Tolga Zengin to come out and clear but for some reason the 33 year old keeper stood still for a second or two allowing the advantage for Slimani, who scored the equalizer.

Many Beşiktaş fans will have had horrible flash backs of last season’s Beşiktaş – Club Brugge match where the Black Eagles took the lead early in the second half only to concede an equalizer, nearly a carbon copy of today’s equalizer, a minute or ten later. Both simply because Tolga Zengin did not come out of his goal on time.

While Sporting had been on the ropes earlier they now found new belief after the gifted equalizer and it was Bryan Ruiz, who had already scored at the Atatürk Olimpiyat in the first clash between these two sides earlier this year, who scored the devastating 2-1 in the 72nd minute. Again goalkeeper Tolga Zengin looked very bad with this goal and his body language indicated that he realized it aswell.

After this the Black Eagles needed a goal, as they needed atleast a point to qualify, and went looking for that equalizer but Sporting caught them on the break in the 77th minute and it was former Trabzonspor striker Teofilo Gutierrez who sealed the deal for the hosts.

A bitter pill to swallow for the Black Eagles who up until this match had remained unbeaten in the Europa League this season and for a long time looked like they would even end top of the group, but for the second year running Tolga Zengin has cost the Black Eagles European glory. It seems hard to imagine that Tolga will still be the number one at Beşiktaş after the January transfer window is over.

Stadium: Jose Alvalade

Officials: Manuel Grafe, Guido Kleve, Mark Borsch, Christoph Bornhorst(4. official)
Beşiktaş: Tolga, Beck, Rhodolfo, Tosic, İsmail (85′ Kerim), Atiba, Oğuzhan, Quaresma, Sosa (80′ Cenk), Olcay (72′ Necip), Gomez
Reserves: Günay, Serdar, Milosevic, Kerim, Necip, Pedro, Cenk

Head coach: Şenol Güneş

Sporting CP: Patricio, J. Pereira, Nascimento, Oliveira, Naldo, Carvalho, Silva (64′ Gutierrez), Mario, Ruiz, Montero (46′ Martins), Slimani (88′ Pereira)

Reserves: Boeck, Figueiredo, Martins, Aquilani, Gutierrez, M. Pereira, Esgaio
Head coach: Jorge Jesus

Goals: Gomez (58′), Slimani (67′), Ruiz (72′), Gutierrez (77′)

Yellow cards: Carvalho (18′), Quaresma (28′), Silva (49′), Gutierrez (77′), Mario (90+2′), Oliveira (90+2′)

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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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