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Beşiktaş withstand Wolfsburg pressure

Published: Thursday 22 October 2009, 0.35CET
VfL Wolfsburg 0-0 Beşiktaş JK
The German champions passed up chance after chance and had to settle for a Group B point after Brazilian striker Grafite was sent off.
by Ian Holyman
from VfL Wolfsburg Arena

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Match statistics

WolfsburgBeşiktaş

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
2
Attempts off target10
 
6
Corners10
 
3
Offsides3
 
6
Fouls committed8
 
13
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards1
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

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Published: Thursday 22 October 2009, 0.35CET

Beşiktaş withstand Wolfsburg pressure

VfL Wolfsburg 0-0 Beşiktaş JK
The German champions passed up chance after chance and had to settle for a Group B point after Brazilian striker Grafite was sent off.

Beşiktaş JK picked up their first point of this season's UEFA Champions League as the Turkish champions produced a gritty performance to earn a goalless draw at VfL Wolfsburg.

Industrious display
After successive defeats, visiting coach Mustafa Denizli had set his squad the task of simply avoiding an unwanted hat-trick of Group B losses at a chilly VfL Wolfsburg Arena. Though they remain bottom of the section, the Istanbul side edged themselves back into the reckoning with an industrious display that stifled the hosts, for whom a frustrating night was completed with the 74th-minute dismissal of Grafite.

Early chance
Wolfsburg coach Armin Veh had asked his habitually attack-minded team to rein in their more cavalier instincts, yet it did not take long for the German titleholders to get on to the front foot. Ricardo Costa headed over a corner after Beşiktaş goalkeeper Rüştü Reçber had misjudged the flight of the ball. Then an unmarked Edin Džeko had an excellent opportunity to reproduce his headed strike of Matchday 2, but the Bosnian international failed to find the target.

Deft header
Beşiktaş were attempting to open their account after a point-less start to the campaign, and İbrahim Kaş tested Diego Benaglio with the home rearguard under pressure following a corner. However, with left-back Marcel Schäfer revelling in the space afforded him down that flank, Wolfsburg continued to threaten. A penetrating dart from the Germany player ended with low shot that forced Rüştü into a near-post save, before a pinpoint Schäfer centre found Džeko whose deft header sailed just wide of the far post.

Wolfsburg enterprise
Having dampened the locals' early ardour, Beşiktaş began to show more enterprise. Benaglio had to race off his line to gather at Bobô's feet before Nihat Kahveci's alert play enabled Rodrigo Tello to send a curling effort perilously close to the top corner. The danger posed by the away side proved fleeting, though. Wolfsburg used their overwhelming possession to good effect, even if the best of their first-half chances came courtesy of a miscued İbrahim Kaş header which released Džeko to fire tamely at Rüştü.

Suffocating pressure
The former Turkish international was fortunate not to be picking the ball out of his net during a suffocating burst of Wolfsburg pressure just after the break. Having come to punch clear a high ball, Rüştü was left stranded but Christian Gentner blazed over the unattended goal. The Beşiktaş No1 then saw Džeko strike the outside of a post from an acute angle after the Wolfsburg forward had wriggled clear of Matteo Ferrari.

Grafite off
The traffic was not all one-way, and Alexander Madlung was required to step across smartly to prevent Nihat racing clear. However, Wolfsburg's hopes of a second group-stage win effectively disappeared with Grafite's red card following an off-the-ball incident involving İbrahim Kaş. The striker will therefore be suspended for the clubs' Matchday 4 encounter in Istanbul on 3 November, when Beşiktaş will be seeking the victory that will breathe fresh life into their campaign.

Last updated: 27/11/12 8.38CET

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Lineups

wolfsburg

Wolfsburg

beşiktaş

Beşiktaş

1
BenaglioDiego Benaglio (GK)
1
Rüştü ReçberRüştü Reçber (GK)
4
SchäferMarcel Schäfer
4
İbrahim Kaşİbrahim Kaş
5
Ricardo CostaRicardo Costa
5
FinkMichael Fink
Substitution87
7
JosuéJosué (C)
6
SivokTomáš Sivok
9
DžekoEdin Džeko
8
Nihat KahveciNihat Kahveci
10
MisimovićZvjezdan Misimović
13
BobôBobô
Substitution88
13
HasebeMakoto Hasebe
Substitution67
14
TelloRodrigo Tello
Substitution81
17
MadlungAlexander Madlung
17
Ekrem DağEkrem Dağ
20
RietherSascha Riether
19
İbrahim Üzülmezİbrahim Üzülmez (C)
Yellow Card17
23
GrafiteGrafite
Red Card74
27
FerrariMatteo Ferrari
25
GentnerChristian Gentner
28
ErnstFabian Ernst

Substitutes

12
LenzAndré Lenz (GK)
84
Hakan ArıkanHakan Arıkan (GK)
11
MartinsObafemi Martins
3
İsmail Köybaşıİsmail Köybaşı
14
SantanaJonathan Santana
11
Mert NobreMert Nobre
Substitution88
16
JohnsonFabian Johnson
15
Rodrigo TabataRodrigo Tabata
Substitution81
19
PekaríkPeter Pekarík
21
Serdar ÖzkanSerdar Özkan
24
DejagahAshkan Dejagah
Substitution67
25
Uğur İncemanUğur İnceman
Substitution87
43
BarzagliAndrea Barzagli
58
İbrahim Toramanİbrahim Toraman

Coach

Armin Veh (GER) Mustafa Denizli (TUR)

Referee

Roberto Rosetti (ITA)

Assistant referees

Stefano Ayroldi (ITA), Paolo Calcagno (ITA)

Fourth official

Antonio Damato (ITA)

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