Section: Super Lig

Europa League: Besiktas 1-0 Liverpool (5-4 on penalties)

Liverpool lost their first European penalty shootout as Besiktas knocked them out of the Europa League.

Centre-back Dejan Lovren missed the crucial spot-kick after Tolgay Arslan’s 20-yard curler forced extra-time in the round of 32 second leg.

Daniel Sturridge’s shot was beaten out by Cenk Gonen as Liverpool failed to make their first-half superiority tell.

Besiktas were the better side after that, and almost sealed the tie in 90 minutes as Demba Ba hit the crossbar.

Slaven Bilic’s side deserved to go through after recovering from a dreadful opening 45 minutes to dominate the game, meaning that Liverpool are left with the FA Cup as their last realistic hope of a trophy this season.

Liverpool were missing a number of injured key players – including captain Steven Gerrard, vice-captain Jordan Henderson, centre-back Mamadou Sakho and playmaker Philippe Coutinho.

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Europa League: Liverpool 1-0 Besiktas

Mario Balotelli scored a late penalty to give Liverpool a narrow lead over Besiktas following a tense Europa League first leg at Anfield.

Liverpool were awarded the kick after Jordon Ibe was fouled by Ramon Motta.

Balotelli and Jordan Henderson disputed who would actually take the penalty before the Italy striker grabbed the ball and confidently converted.

Demba Ba went close for the Turkish side before the break when he broke clear but Simon Mignolet saved.

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Europa League: Spurs 1-1 Besiktas

Demba Ba’s late penalty for Besiktas denied Tottenham their first win in Group C of the Europa League.

The ex-Chelsea man converted after Vlad Chiriches handled in the area having let the ball slip through his legs.

Harry Kane gave Spurs the lead in the 27th minute when he surged forward before firing a low shot past keeper Tolga Zengin from the edge of the area.

Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris twice denied Olcay Sahan with brilliant saves, before tipping over an effort from Ba.

Both Besiktas frontmen were a constant menace for Tottenham, who were lucky not to lose to Slaven Bilic’s Turkish side.

The former Croatia manager would have been frustrated by the failure to secure a first group win and by the exceptional keeping of stand-in skipper Lloris.

The France international saved Spurs on three memorable occasions. He used his foot to divert Sahan’s goalbound effort wide and then sprung off the turf to tip over the striker’s loaded drive. His skills were then tested when he pushed Ba’s fierce close-range half-volley over the bar.

Lloris was finally beaten with a minute of normal time remaining, no thanks to team-mate Chiriches. A ball played for Sahan went under the Romania international’s legs before he handled.

The Senegal international  stepped up to take the spot-kick, stuttered on his run before planting his effort past the Tottenham number one. It was his fifth goal in six appearances against the north London side.

Besiktas, second in the Turkish league, were more potent in attack than their counterparts. They managed 24 efforts on goal as opposed to six for Tottenham, who only had three on target.

One of those came from the boot of Kane. The under-21 international once again highlighted his potential with a superbly taken goal in the first half.

Having picked up the ball from Nabil Bentaleb, the forward turned his marker then drove forward before guiding a low shot into Zengin’s bottom-left corner.

Kane, who looked far more threatening than struggling frontman Roberto Soldado, also had a low angled drive saved by the Beskitas keeper at his near post.

The result means Tottenham have only two points from their first two group matches.   Their next opponents are Group C leaders Asteras Tripoli.

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Champions League: Arsenal 4-1 Galatasaray

Welbeck hits first hat-trick in Arsenal romp

Danny Welbeck helped himself to a first senior hat-trick as Arsenal ripped a wretched Galatasaray defence to shreds in a 4-1 win at the Emirates Stadium.

Alexis Sanchez also netted four minutes prior to half-time when he dashed onto a Mesut Ozil pass to slide the ball beyond visiting goalkeeperFernando Muslera.

Galatasaray coach Cesare Prandelli’s ill-advised decision to operate with three defenders began to unravel on 22 minutes when Welbeck accepted an intelligent pass from Alexis to prod the ball under Muslera.

He added his second on 30 minutes as Aur©lien Chedjou failed to connect with a header allowing Welbeck to race away from Felipe Melo before finishing with some ease.

The third came from an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain pass on 52 minutes before Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was sent off for a last-man challenge on Burak Yılmaz, who converted the consolation goal on 63 minutes.

Arsenal’s 10 men were never overly tested, but David Ospina did well when he replaced Szczesny. On what was a bad night all round for the Turkish club, flares were tossed onto the Emirates pitch coming from the animated 3,000 visiting fans.

They are sure to face punishment from UEFA, but Arsenal recovered well from their 2-0 mauling at Borussia Dortmund in their Group D opener to boost hopes of reaching the last 16.

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