ESRA – BeIiktaI aims to complete unfinished Brugge business in Istanbul

BeIiktaI aims to complete unfinished Brugge business in IstanbulBeIiktaI, or simply the Black Eagles, will seek their chances for the Europa League quarterfinals at home after Club Brugge came from behind to defeat the Istanbul club 2-1 in front of its home crowd on Thursday night.Gkhan Tre handed the visitors a 1-0 lead in the 46th minute, and Brugge answered with goals by Tom De Sutter and Lior Refaelov.

Despite the defeat, Treand#39s single goal has given BeIiktaI a glimmer of hope for next Thursdayand#39s second-leg match at Ataturk Olympic Stadium The tickets for the game have already been sold out and a festive atmosphere is expected at the venue, where the Eagles knocked Liverpool out of the competition in the round of last 32.andquotWe are a club never happy with defeat.

Especially when it comes like today. We have to win the home game now,andquot Bilic told a broadcaster after the match.

He lamented his sideand#39s never-arrived second goal on Thursday.andquotIf you donand#39t score the second goal, they will seize the opportunity because they are playing at home,andquot he noted, and said Brugge was not full of surprises.

andquotThey just played the long balls and they are dangerous in set pieces. We lost the opportunity they gave us.

All we have to do is to win our home game and move on.andquotSenegalese BeIiktaI striker Demba Ba, who has not scored in his last three appearances in Europe, said after the game that there is a great chance of turning the tables in the return game for them andquotIf we hinder their long balls, weand#39ll have a good chance to pass this stage,andquot he added.

The first half was calm at Jan Breysel Stadium in Bruges. BeIiktaI came on strong in the 14th minute when Ersan Gulum met an OIuzhan zyakup corner in the near post.

The ball bounced back in the six-yard box and Necip Uysal tried his chances but missed the target.The hosts thrilled their audiences in the 33rd minute.

Laurens De Bock hit a firm free kick, but BeIiktaI goalie Cenk Gnen was able to punch the ball out. Devy De Fauw took control of the effort when the ball bounced in front of him, but hit it outside the pitch.

There were no other serious attempts on goal, as the first half ended in a goalless draw.BeIiktaI opened the second half with a goal by Gkhan Tre.

The midfielder dribbled the ball past two Brugge players inside the opponentand#39s box and smoothly sent the ball to the near post into Brugge nets: 1-0. Bilicand#39s side controlled the field but failed to bring in the second goal despite several attempts initiated by BaIn the 62th minute, the hosts got lucky when Felipe Gedoz, coming off the bench in the 46th, shot from 25 meters and Tom De Sutter softly directed the ball past the BeIiktaI goalie and tied the game: 1-1.

The Belgians dominated the match after the equalizer and Gedoz was there again to save the day for the hosts when he was brought down by a BeIiktaI defender and earned his side a penalty. Lior Refaelov converted the penalty to give his side a 2-1 edge.

zyakup was critical of their performance in his post-game remarks to the broadcaster: andquotWe withdrew and played long balls after scoring the first goal. It isnand#39t our playing style.

andquot He added: andquotToday we saw that we are the better one. I hope weand#39ll pass this round in Istanbul.

andquotOther first-leg results: Villarreal (Spain) 1, Sevilla (Spain) 3 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (Ukraine) 1, Ajax (Netherlands) 0 Everton (England) 2, Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine) 1 VfL Wolfsburg (Germany) 3, Inter Milan (Italy) 1 Napoli (Italy) 3, Dinamo Moscow (Russia) 1 and Fiorentina (Italy) 1, Roma (Italy).

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman