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Beşiktaş and Sporting share spoils in Istanbul

Beşiktaş 1-1 Sporting CP
Bryan Ruiz and Gökhan Töre traded goals as Beşiktaş and Sporting shared a draw, meaning the visitors are now five points off the summit.

José Sosa of Beşiktaş and Sporting's Alberto Aquilani vie for possession
José Sosa of Beşiktaş and Sporting's Alberto Aquilani vie for possession ©AFP/Getty Images
  • Group H heavyweights Beşiktaş and Sporting CP draw 1-1 in Istanbul
  • Sporting, beaten on matchday one, take lead through Bryan Ruiz
  • Hosts fight back to earn a point via Gökhan Töre's 61st-minute goal
  • Next games: Lokomotiv Moskva v Beşiktaş, Sporting CP v Skënderbeu (22 October)

Beşiktaş and Sporting CP shared the spoils following a high-tempo UEFA Europa League Group H encounter in Istanbul.

Sporting went in front after 16 minutes, Bryan Ruiz firing in a powerful effort from outside the penalty area which beat Beşiktaş goalkeeper Tolga Zengin at his right-hand post. It had been coming for the visitors, who had already twice nearly broken the deadlock – Teófilo Gutiérrez going closest.

Beşiktaş equalised via a calm finish by Gökhan Töre, who found enough space inside the box to apply the final touch following a sublime back-heel from José Sosa. Both coaches, Şenol Güneş and Jorge Jesus, opted not to settle for the draw and sent on attacking reinforcements in search of the win.

Both were forced to settle for a point, though, meaning Sporting's conquerors a fortnight ago – Lokomotiv Moskva – stay top of Group H.

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