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Zürich's Alphonse frustrates Beşiktaş

Published: Thursday 16 August 2007, 0.25CET
FC Zürich 1-1 Beşiktaş JK Alexandre Alphonse scored seven minutes into added time to deny Beşiktaş an away-leg victory in Switzerland.
Zürich's Alphonse frustrates Beşiktaş
Action from the first leg in Zurich ©Getty Images

Match statistics

ZürichBeşiktaş

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target1
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards4
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 16 August 2007, 0.25CET

Zürich's Alphonse frustrates Beşiktaş

FC Zürich 1-1 Beşiktaş JK Alexandre Alphonse scored seven minutes into added time to deny Beşiktaş an away-leg victory in Switzerland.

FC Zürich needed a goal seven minutes into added time from Alexandre Alphonse to avoid a home defeat by Beşiktaş JK in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League third qualifying round tie.

Basel connection
The Turkish visitors had enjoyed a dream start at the Hardturm Stadium, Steve Von Bergen failing to clear his lines and Matías Delgado taking advantage having been teed up by Bobo. As a former FC Basel 1893 player, the goal would have been all the sweeter for the Argentinian. It took Zürich time to recover from such an early, hefty blow, although a dangerous long-range shot from Almen Abdi on 20 minutes lifted the Swiss challengers.

Pinned back
Alphonse then had a great chance to level for Zürich, but composure deserted the 25-year-old Frenchman with just visiting goalkeeper Hakan Arikan to beat. The start of the second half signalled no respite for Beşiktaş, who were pinned back for the remainder of the contest – save for a couple of forays forward which ended with Delgado and Serdar Özkan failing to find the target.

Drama
For Zürich, Abdi threatened with a 77th-minute free-kick and soon after should have done better with another opportunity. With a loss drawing ever closer, and 97 minutes on the clock, coach Bernard Challandes urged his team forward for one final push which resulted in Alphonse tucking in a rebound from close range after Alain Rochat's shot had been spilled. More drama is surely in store at the Inönü Stadium, where this tie will be played to a finish in two weeks' time.

Last updated: 16/08/07 1.39CET

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Lineups

zürich

Zürich

beşiktaş

Beşiktaş

12
AlphonseAlexandre Alphonse
Goal90+7
84
Hakan ArıkanHakan Arıkan (GK)
Yellow Card87
20
CésarCésar
Substitution83
18
CisséÉdouard Cissé
14
RaffaelRaffael
13
BobôBobô
1
LeoniJohnny Leoni (GK)
10
DelgadoMatías Delgado
Goal3
Substitution78
13
StahelFlorian Stahel
Yellow Card31
2
Serdar KurtuluşSerdar Kurtuluş
30
TihinenHannu Tihinen (C)
17
RicardinhoRicardinho
Substitution62
4
Von BergenSteve von Bergen
Yellow Card55
21
Serdar ÖzkanSerdar Özkan
Yellow Card40
7
AegerterSilvan Aegerter
Substitution46
22
Ali TandoğanAli Tandoğan
Yellow Card34
Substitution46
19
RochatAlain Rochat
Yellow Card49
58
İbrahim Toramanİbrahim Toraman
23
AbdiAlmen Abdi
19
İbrahim Üzülmezİbrahim Üzülmez (C)
17
ChikhaouiYassine Chikhaoui
5
Gökhan ZanGökhan Zan

Substitutes

21
BarmettlerHeinz Barmettler
55
İbrahim Akınİbrahim Akın
Substitution46
24
SchneiderMarc Schneider
41
Koray AvcıKoray Avcı
Substitution62
Yellow Card90+6
2
LampiVeli Lampi
8
Baki MercimekBaki Mercimek
10
OkonkwoOnyekachi Okonkwo
Substitution46
Yellow Card90+3
11
Mert NobreMert Nobre
16
EudiEudi
1
Rüştü ReçberRüştü Reçber (GK)
29
HassliEric Hassli
Substitution83
53
Fahri TatanFahri Tatan
32
GuatelliAndrea Guatelli (GK)
7
Burak YılmazBurak Yılmaz
Substitution78

Coach

Bernard Challandes (SUI) Ertuğrul Sağlam (TUR)

Referee

Michael Riley (ENG)

Assistant referees

David Bryan (ENG), Gavin Ward (ENG)

Fourth official

Andre Marriner (ENG)

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