Fenerbahçe SK will take a 1-0 lead to SL Benfica next week after hitting the woodwork three times, including from a missed penalty, before Egemen Korkmaz finally made the breakthrough – inevitably via the post – in an eventful UEFA Europa League semi-final tie.
The Turkish outfit had had the better of a high-tempo first half, with Moussa Sow rattling the crossbar, when they won a penalty just before the break. Cristian fired against the base of the left post, however, and when Dirk Kuyt found the frame of the goal again in the second period, it did not look like Aykut Kocaman's side's night. Egemen changed their fortunes 18 minutes from time, nodding in via the upright following a poor defensive header as Fenerbahçe claimed a deserved win.
|1||Volkan Demirel (GK) (C)||1||Artur (GK)|
|6||Yobo||14||Maxi Pereira (C)|
|34||Mert Günok (GK)||13||Paulo Lopes (GK)|
|23||Semih Şentürk||17||Carlos Martins|
|Aykut Kocaman (TUR)||Jorge Jesus (POR)|
|Milorad Mažić (SRB)|