ESRA – Bursa bows out of Europa after losing penalty shoot-out

Bursa bows out of Europa after losing penalty shoot-outBursaspor of the Turkish Super League failed to last against minnow Georgian club FC Chikhura Sachkhere in the second qualifying round of the second-tier Europa League, losing the game 4-1 in a penalty shootout away on Thursday.In both legs of the matchup, the games ended in goalless draws.

The one-time Turkish champions missed glaring chances in the second-leg on Thursday and had 10 men on the pitch after Iener zbayraklI was sent off in the fourth minute of extra time.In their statistically unfortunate series, Bursaspor had 44 chances to score in a total of 210 minutes eight of them were on target.

Chikhura had 20 shots and two of them were on target. The Georgian club had the third worst UEFA rankings (placed 361st) among the teams of the second qualifying round, whereas Bursaspor was the fifth from the top (ranked 105th) in this round.

Bursaspor had a storming start and chances to score from the early minutes of the game. Seventeen-year-old striker Enes unal was close to sending the ball into the Chikhura net twice in the first 45 minutes.

The hosts seemed more motivated in the second half but failed to complete a dangerous attack near the Bursaspor post. The visitors came on strong in the remaining minutes with Ferhat Kiraz, whose shot went out near the Chikhura goal post in the 61st minute, and Bakaya Traore, who missed a one-on-one opportunity with the goalkeeper in the 86th minute.

Two 15-minute halves of extra time were played however, neither side managed to score, and the fate of the game was left to be determined by a penalty shootout. Only Ozan Tufan managed to register a successful penalty while Iamil inaz and Renato Civelli missed their shots.

When four Chikhura players scored, the Georgians went through in the competition.The early exit of Bursaspor sent shockwaves through the club.

Coach Ienol GuneI said at a post-game press conference that he will never forget this match day and slammed the Georgian club for their lack of hospitality. He also reacted angrily to members of the Georgian press for the noise they caused during the press conference.

“The things that happened since the first day we arrived here did not suit a UEFA match. Friendship should be promoted with the football played on the pitch.

Today there was only fighting,” GuneI said. “Did something negative happen to you [the members of the press], the team [Chikhura] or its coach in Bursa? We didn’t deserve this.

”The Turkish coach, who joined Bursaspor in May, added that his side’s superior performance was not reflected on the scoreboard. He wished success to Chikhura and refused to answer reporters’ questions.

Bursaspor, along with Kardemir Karabukspor, was awarded a ticket to play in the qualifying rounds of the Europa League following two other Super League sides — EskiIehirspor and Sivasspor — being banned entry by UEFA due to their implication in a match-fixing scandal.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman