Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Beşiktaş vs Feyenoord Rotterdam
Champions League Qual. − 2014/2015 − 3. Round (second leg)

The club from Istanbul has a good position to take the next step in direction of the UEFA Champions League. The “Black Eagles” had to go through some pressure by the dutch hosts early on in the game. They still managed to mark the first goal. In the 13th minute, Mustafa Pektemek headed in a corner by Oguzhan Özyakup. The often important away goal gave Besiktas a boost of confidence and so they could shut Feyernoord down until the half time whistle. In the second half, the Turks created some offense themselves instead of trying to take home the 1:0 lead. And it worked for them quite nicely. In the 70th minute Kerim Frei, a turkish international who played two games for the swiss Under21 team, scored for Besiktas to make the away-goal advantage even bigger. Despite the fact that Feyernoord scored from the spot in injury time, Besiktas is very confident to reach the next round. Coach Slaven Bilic warned his squad not to be to sure about reaching the next round by saying: “We have to be extremely cautious because they are a strong side.” The turkish league starts in late August and so this was the first serious challenge for the Turks. Besiktas has a strong team and with Demba Ba, who came over from Chelsea FC, they added a high-quality striker.
The penalty shot goal by Mitchell the Vrede in the 95th minute, saved the last chance for Feyenoord to proceed to the next round. They played quite well in a well filled De Kuip stadium but couldn`t hold Besiktas off from scoring. In addition to that, they couldn`t convert their ball possession in any real chances. Three important players left Feyernoord in this transfer period: Graziano Pelle (Southampton), Bruno Martins Indi (FC Porto) and Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle United). Stefan de Vrij, a talented defender who had a good performance during the World Cup in Brazil, signed with Lazio Rome last Wednesday. Feyenoord couldn`t compensate these big losses, the great days of Feyenoord in the 1970ies aren`t likely to come back soon. Feyenoord will attack like they have nothing to lose to make the rather impossible mission,  reaching the next round, possible. They too have to deal with the spectacular atmosphere in the stadium of Besiktas, that managed to intimidate some of the opponents` players in the past.

BJK İnönü Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 17:30 GMT

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]


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