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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: Besiktas 1-0 Spurs

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino bemoaned two “laughable” stoppages due to floodlight failure as his side slipped to a decisive defeat against Besiktas.

The 1-0 loss relegated Spurs to second place in their Europa League group and means they face a tougher draw in the next round.

Pochettino described the stoppages as “difficult to explain”, adding: “We had a chat with the referee and you need to accept the situation.

“It’s frustrating if that happens, it was laughable. It’s not good for reputation of the competition.”

Spurs dominated the first period, with Nacer Chadli having a goal ruled out and Roberto Soldado missing an excellent chance.

But the hosts improved in the second half and Cenk Tosun scored the decisive goal from Olcay Sahan’s low cross.

It was the second straight Europa League match in which Spurs have had to contend with temporary abandonments, after their game against Partizan was halted three times due to pitch invasions.

On that occasion, Tottenham kept their composure to win, but in Istanbul they could not find the goals needed to retain their advantage at the top of the group.

It means they could face one of the Europa League group winners or seeded Champions League teams in the next round – including Zenit St Petersburg, managed by former Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas.

The game was first disrupted after eight minutes – with fans creating an improvised illumination with their smartphones during the ensuing stoppage.

When the players returned to the pitch, Spurs – who welcomed back defender Kyle Walker after nine months out with an abdominal injury – seized the ascendancy and fashioned several good chances.

Soldado spurned a golden opportunity when he scuffed a Younes Kaboul knockdown straight at Tolga Zengin, before Nacer Chadli was denied a goal due to a marginal, but correct offside decision.

Besiktas were missing leading goalscorer Demba Ba through injury and they appeared toothless during the first half, but after the interval their back-up strikers proved their worth.

Tosun thundered a superb effort against the crossbar but Mauricio Pochettino’s side did not heed the warning and two minutes later they were behind.

From Gokhan Tore’s cross, Sahan knocked the ball across the six-yard box and Tosun converted.

Former Fulham winger Kerim Frei then wasted a golden chance to settle the match, firing into the side netting after a superb one-two with Jose Sosa.

The lights went out again after a minute of injury time, but Spurs could not find a crucial equaliser when the match briefly resumed.

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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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