Besiktas hosted the Ukrainian most elite team Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday night, hoping to record their first win of the 2016/2017 Champions league campaign. The match was most certainly announced to be one of the more interesting ones considering that both teams are of similar values.
The home team fans were excited to see the Black Eagles perform in the first home Champions league group stage match after 7 years. Their inspiring start of the season in domestic league (3 wins and 4 draws, 0 losses) and especially the precious point won away in Portugal against Benfica in the opening round of the Champions league, gave hope to the fans that they could expect a win against the struggling visitors.
As noted, Dynamo Kiev traveled to Turkey with not many chances to make a positive result, after poor performances in the domestic league, and after suffering a tough first round loss to Napoli at home (1:2).
Led by a fantastic atmosphere in the audience, the home team came out inspired and displayed more action and ball movement in the opening minutes. Besiktas player immediately controlled the possession of the ball and fired some shots towards the visiting goal.
However, the real excitement came in the 28th minute of the match as one of the visiting defenders committed a foul just outside the box. Couple of Besiktas players stepped forward to take the free kick but everyone knew that this was the perfect situation for Ricardo Quaresma. The Portuguese international fired a superb shot over the wall finding the top right corner of the goal, leaving no chances for the visiting goalkeeper and Besiktas took the lead in the 29th minute.
Besiktas continued to dominate the pitch with Quaresma displaying an amazing effort and inspiration, providing some lovely passes and putting his teammates in couple of scoring chances, while Dynamo Kiev, on the other side, was struggling to find their rhythm. The score did not changed until the end of the 45 minute mark so both teams walked off for a well deserved break.
The visiting side started off the second half much better creating couple of chances, but the score did not changed until the 65th minute. Dusko Tosic (Besiktas) took down his opponent and the referee signaled a free kick next to the right sideline. Sergiy Rybalka whipped a nice cross through the middle of the penalty area, finding the 18 year old Viktor Tsygankov on the back post who used his chance and fired the ball into the net.
That goal seemed to have shocked the hosting players, who suddenly lost their focus leaving more room for the visitors, who created several chances and it was only thanks to the Besiktas goalkeeper Fabri that the hosts have not conceded the second goal.
Namely, the visitors had a great scoring chance through Yarmolenko in the 87th minute, but Fabri pulled off a great save. The game ended with a 1:1 final score.
Overall, Besiktas started off the match fiercely, but after the visitors’ great comeback in the 2nd half, the hosts lost the momentum and could be more than happy to walk off with at least 1 point.
Group B is topped by Napoli who collected 6 points after two rounds. Second placed is Besiktas with 2 points, while Benfica and Dynamo Kiev have 1 point each.