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How Beşiktaş held their nerve to go through

Published: Friday 17 March 2017, 0.45CET
"Sometimes it all falls into place and sometimes it doesn't," shrugged Şenol Güneş after his Beşiktaş side staved off disaster to reach the last eight; UEFA.com's Çetin Cem Yilmaz bears witness.
by Çetin Cem Yilmaz from Istanbul
How Beşiktaş held their nerve to go through
Cenk Tosun (Beşiktaş) ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

BeşiktaşOlympiacos

Goals scored4
 
1
Possession (%)50
 
50
Total attempts8
 
14
on target5
 
3
off target3
 
5
blocked0
6
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners3
 
7
Offsides7
 
3
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red Cards1
 
0
Fouls committed11
 
10
Fouls suffered10
 
11

Standings

Published: Friday 17 March 2017, 0.45CET

How Beşiktaş held their nerve to go through

"Sometimes it all falls into place and sometimes it doesn't," shrugged Şenol Güneş after his Beşiktaş side staved off disaster to reach the last eight; UEFA.com's Çetin Cem Yilmaz bears witness.

Beşiktaş have experienced too many European nights on which they squandered one, two, even three-goal leads. This was not one of them.

Leading 2-1 when opening goalscorer Vincent Aboubakar was dismissed on 39 minutes, they may have feared that Olympiacos 2016/17 would become the latest surrender for the list. Older fans still remember past capitulations against Steagul Roşu Brasov (1974/75 UEFA Cup) and Vålerenga (1998/99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup), with the younger ones struggling to shake the memories of more recent collapses against Club Brugge (2014/15 UEFA Europa League) and Sporting CP (2015/16 UEFA Europa League)

Such fears evaporated, however, when Ryan Babel won an aerial duel, let the ball bounce and struck the Black Eagles' third on 75 minutes. That made it 3-1 on the night, 4-2 on aggregate, with Cenk Tosun adding gloss later on. So how did Şenol Güneş manage to keep his players focused after going a man down?

"You get angry, you get upset, you think lots of things," the coach said. "But then you start to think about what you have to do. I got a text message from a friend, saying maybe we should start the next game with ten men for extra motivation. That's how football is – sometimes it all falls into place, sometimes it doesn't."

Highlights: Ten-man Beşiktaş beat Olympiacos

Güneş did not rush to make half-time changes, sticking with his starting line-up – minus Aboubakar – for another 15 minutes and asking his midfielders to drop deep and leave no space for Olympiacos's attackers. Then, on the hour, Necip Uysal replaced Oğuzhan Özyakup to lend more muscle in the middle alongside Atiba Hutchinson. The two strong men denied the visitors the chance to dictate the tempo, while Adriano and a majestic Gökhan Gönül prevented Olympiacos stretching Beşiktaş on the flanks.

With around 20 minutes left, the stadium announcer called the supporters to get to their feet and remember past victories: "Dear Beşiktaş fans, we have beaten Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Liverpool here!" The crowd responded with a roar, and soon afterwards their team were back in command.

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Beşiktaş celebrate their progress

Doubling up as right-winger and lone striker in Aboubakar's absence, Babel's brutally effective evening was complete when the second of his two shots on target found the net. At least three Olympiacos players hit the deck imediately, knowing the battle was over. With everything hinging on who scored next after the red card, it was checkmate, with Cenk's fourth just an afterthought.

The crowd knew who deserved the credit at the end, chanting Güneş's name, though the manager was not interested; at that moment, he was laying into Cenk for being out of position in the 93rd minute with his side 4-1 up. That sort of attention to detail, that sort of passion, suggests this may not be Beşiktaş's last great night of the season.

Last updated: 17/03/17 0.40CET

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Lineups

beşiktaş

Beşiktaş

olympiacos

Olympiacos

1
FabriFabri (GK)
31
LealiNicola Leali (GK)
2
MitrovićMatej Mitrović
4
RomaoAlaixys Romao
Yellow Card71
Substitution76
3
AdrianoAdriano
6
Manuel Da CostaManuel da Costa
Yellow Card67
6
D. TošićDuško Tošić
7
FortounisKostas Fortounis
7
QuaresmaRicardo Quaresma
Substitution83
17
Ansarifard                    Karim Ansarifard
9
AboubakarVincent Aboubakar
Goal10
Red Card39
18
T. ElyounoussiTarik Elyounoussi
Goal31
13
HutchinsonAtiba Hutchinson
19
CambiassoEsteban Cambiasso (C)
Substitution68
15
Oğuzhan ÖzyakupOğuzhan Özyakup (C)
Yellow Card58
Substitution60
22
CissokhoAly Cissokho
49
BabelRyan Babel
Goal22
Goal75
45
RetsosPanagiotis Retsos
77
Gökhan GönülGökhan Gönül
52
ManthatisGiorgos Manthatis
Substitution56
94
TaliscaTalisca
Substitution90+1
77
FigueirasDiogo Figueiras

Substitutes

29
Tolga ZenginTolga Zengin (GK)
27
KapinoStefanos Kapino (GK)
17
Ömer ŞişmanoğluÖmer Şişmanoğlu
3
BotíaAlberto Botía
20
Necip UysalNecip Uysal
Substitution60
11
MarinMarko Marin
Substitution68
23
Cenk TosunCenk Tosun
Substitution83
Goal84
24
De la BellaAlberto de la Bella
32
BeckAndreas Beck
28
André MartinsAndré Martins
Substitution76
33
Atınç NukanAtınç Nukan
32
AndroutsosThanasis Androutsos
80
InlerGökhan Inler
Substitution90+1
92
SebáSebá
Substitution56
Yellow Card62

Coach

Şenol Güneş (TUR) Vasilis Vouzas (GRE)

Referee

Michael Oliver (ENG)

Assistant referees

Stephen Child (ENG), Stuart Burt (ENG)

Fourth official

Ian Hussin (ENG)

Additional assistant referees

Craig Pawson (ENG), Jonathan Moss (ENG)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution