UEL: Beşiktaş: 2 Beer Sheva: 1

Updated: February 24, 2017

The Black Eagles have qualified themselves for the UEFA Europa League round of 16 by beating Hapoel Be’er Shéva 5-2 on aggregate.

Upon his return to the first eleven, Vincent Aboubakar scored his 5th European goal for Beşiktaş! Making him their European topscorer.

Beşiktaş had already secured a 1-3 away win in Israël last week, which gave them a clear edge in the return leg, and when Vincent Aboubakar put the Black Eagles ahead in the 17th minute there was no doubt that the Eagles would advance to the next round.

Despite Aboubakar’s early opener, Hapoel Be’er Shéva never stopped pushing forward while Beşiktaş seemed content to lean back more and save their energy. Beşiktaş coach Şenol Güneş had already rotated six of his starters out of the starting eleven but still started with a strong lineup and the team’s mastermind Ricardo Quaresma, which was a surprise as he had taken a knock in the league match against Akhisar and was expected to be rested for the Galatasaray derby on Monday.

When Nigerian striker Anthony Nwakaeme equalized in the 64th minute there was a glance of hope for the visitors, however slight, but that hope never got further as the visitors couldn’t find that much needed second goal to make the game interesting. When topscorer Cenk Tosun came on the pitch in the 79th minute for a slightly injured Vincent Aboubakar, it didn’t take him long to finish the game as he once again put the Black Eagles in front in the 87th minute with a strike from the edge of the box: 2-1.

Şenol Güneş rotated key players in both games but still took the matches serious enough for Beşiktaş to advance relatively easily as the 5-2 score on aggregate indicates. But Be’er Shéva can be proud of their European campaign regardless and even against the Black Eagles they showed the same courage that took them this far to begin with.

For the UEFA Europa League round of 32 draw, click here.

Interesting facts:

  • Cenk Tosun has been involved in a goal every 84 minutes on the pitch in the UEFA Europa League since 2014/15 (5 goals, 1 assist in 502 mins).
  • Cenk Tosun has scored 11 goals in his last 11 competitive games for Beşiktaş.
  • Vincent Aboubakar have scored 3 goals in 142 minutes in his last 4 competitive games for Beşiktaş (1 goal in every other 42 mins).

Stadium: Vodafone Arena

Official: Matej Jug (SVN)

Beşiktaş XI: Fabricio Ramirez; Andreas Beck – Marcelo Guedes – Atınç Nukan – Dusko Tosic; Gökhan İnler – Necip Uysal (72′ Oğuzhan Özyakup) – Anderson Talisca; Ricardo Quaresma (61′ Tolgay Arslan) – Vincent Aboubakar (79′ Cenk Tosun) – Ryan Babel

Reserves: Tolga Zengin, Gökhan Gönül, Atiba Hutchinson, Tolgay Arslan, Oğuzhan Özyakup, Ömer Şişmanoğlu, Cenk Tosun

Head coach: Şenol Güneş

Hapoel Be’er Shéva XI: David Goresh; Ben Turjeman – Shir Tzedek – William Soares – Mattan Ohayon; Ovidiu Hoban – Muhamad Gadir (64′ Maor Melikson) – Vladimir Broun (57′ Maor Buzaglo); Anthony Nwakaem – Ben Sahar (70′ Elyaniv Barda) – John Ogu

Reserves: Guy Haimov, Ben Bitton, Maharan Radi, Maor Buzaglo, Maor Melikson, Liel Saportas, Elyaniv Barda

Head coach: Barak Bakhar

Goals: Vincent Aboubakar (17′), Anthony Nwakaeme (64′), Cenk Tosun (87′)

Yellow cards: Marcelo Guedes (89′), Elyaniv Barda (89′)

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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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