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Ernst's impeccable timing earns Beşiktaş victory

Published: Thursday 16 September 2010, 22.50CET
Beşiktaş JK 1-0 PFC CSKA Sofia
Cagey and reluctant to risk defeat, both sides looked likely to settle for a point until Fabian Ernst headed the hosts to victory in the final minute.
Ernst's impeccable timing earns Beşiktaş victory
Fabian Ernst celebrates after scoring against CSKA Sofia ©Getty Images

Match statistics

BeşiktaşCSKA Sofia

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
3
Attempts off target6
 
3
Corners9
 
0
Offsides0
6
Fouls committed13
 
12
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 16 September 2010, 22.50CET

Ernst's impeccable timing earns Beşiktaş victory

Beşiktaş JK 1-0 PFC CSKA Sofia
Cagey and reluctant to risk defeat, both sides looked likely to settle for a point until Fabian Ernst headed the hosts to victory in the final minute.

Beşiktaş JK left it late to secure a 1-0 victory in their UEFA Europa League Group L opener against PFC CSKA Sofia.

Play-off defeats for Galatasaray AŞ and Fenerbahçe SK left Beşiktaş as the competition's only Turkish representatives and Bernd Schuster's side looked to be feeling such a burden for much of a cagey fixture. The former Real Madrid CF coach breathed a sigh of relief in the final minute, though, when former Santiago Bernabéu charge Guti laid on Fabian Ernst for a late winner.

By comparison, an opening period lacking in inspiration was lit up just once, again by Ernst, who provided a welcome moment of incision just seven minutes in with a pass which left Filip Hološko running away from goal despite its admirable deftness. It mattered not, however, for the Slovak striker pirouetted into space with one touch and fired only centimetres over with his next.

For all his influence, Ernst nearly cost his side on the hour. The German midfielder's lackadaisical clearance allowed Cillian Sheridan to steal in unnoticed and turn Marquinhos's free-kick narrowly over. That chance served to spur Schuster's side into action, Rodrigo Tabata providing the long-awaited thrust into the penalty area only for his deliberate shot to be denied by the fingertips of Raïs M'Bolhi.

The French goalkeeper was again on hand to smother Roberto Hilbert's looping volley moments later but was thereafter untroubled; a scarcity of movement, a reluctance to gamble and a lack of creative spark ensuring the score remained goalless – until Ernst rose to meet Guti's floated free-kick with impeccable timing.

Last updated: 28/05/11 0.15CET

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Lineups

beşiktaş

Beşiktaş

cska sofia

CSKA Sofia

21
Hakan ArıkanHakan Arıkan (GK)
92
M'BolhiRaïs M'Bolhi (GK)
9
HilbertRoberto Hilbert
2
VidanovPavel Vidanov
11
Mert NobreMert Nobre
4
K. StoyanovKostadin Stoyanov
Yellow Card57
14
GutiGuti
5
YanchevTodor Yanchev (C)
15
Rodrigo TabataRodrigo Tabata
Substitution72
6
AquaroGiuseppe Aquaro
Yellow Card90+3
17
Ekrem DağEkrem Dağ
8
TrifonovRumen Trifonov
19
İbrahim Üzülmezİbrahim Üzülmez (C)
23
WilliamTiero William
Substitution46
23
HološkoFilip Hološko
Substitution59
24
TonevAlexandar Tonev
Substitution59
27
FerrariMatteo Ferrari
Substitution37
26
SheridanCillian Sheridan
28
ErnstFabian Ernst
Goal90
28
MarquinhosMarcos Marquinhos
30
ZápotočnýTomáš Zápotočný
29
NelsonGregory Nelson
Substitution79

Substitutes

1
Rüştü ReçberRüştü Reçber (GK)
1
ChavdarovZdravko Chavdarov (GK)
7
QuaresmaRicardo Quaresma
Substitution59
3
KostadinovTomi Kostadinov
8
Nihat KahveciNihat Kahveci
7
DelevSpas Delev
13
BobôBobô
Substitution72
9
SaidhodzhaDormushali Saidhodzha
Substitution79
18
Necip UysalNecip Uysal
10
TrecarichiLucas Trecarichi
Substitution59
20
İbrahim Toramanİbrahim Toraman
Substitution37
16
TiboniChristian Tiboni
55
Mehmet AurélioMehmet Aurélio
18
GalchevBoris Galchev
Substitution46

Coach

Bernd Schuster (GER) Gjorgi Jovanovski (MKD)

Referee

Laurent Duhamel (FRA)

Assistant referees

Stéphane Duhamel (FRA), Christophe Capelli (FRA)

Fourth official

Wilfried Bien (FRA)

Additional assistant referees

Olivier Thual (FRA), Clément Turpin (FRA)

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