Venue: Beşiktaş İnönü
Competition: ECL, Group H: Match 4.
Score: Besiktas 0
Scorers: Besiktas: Nil.
Besiktas: Shoronmu; Ali Eren (Murat), Umit, Khlestov; Nihat; Karhan, Mehmet (Ibrahim), Tayfur, Munch; Yasin, Dursun (Ayhan). Unused Subs: Rahim, Bayram, Ilhan, Fevzi.
Referee: Jan Wegereef (
In the away encounter with Besiktas
There was very little to excite as far as the match was
concerned but the priceless point put one foot into the second phase as far as
Leeds were concerned so few would have worried about the execution as the end
justified the means. Turkish football was supposed to have improved in the
previous decade but as far as
The two teams’ recent form could not have been more
contrasting with United having scored thirteen goals in winning their last
three games while Besiktas had conceded a dozen in
three straight defeats. With a weekend clash with Galatasaray
looming, local opinion was they were giving that game more importance than the
European Cup competition which they knew they couldn’t win. After the 6-0
There was a brilliant interception by Jonathan Woodgate to prevent Ozdilek Ahmet’s cross reaching the well-placed Ahmet Dursun as Besiktas stepped up the pace. After twenty-three minutes Michael Bridges was writhing in agony with an ankle injury after falling awkwardly and had to be replaced by Darren Huckerby when he was stretchered off. The injury proved to be a serious one and after a long lay-off he was never the same player again and a very promising career which had already seen him capped at England Under-21 level was virtually ended.
Ahmet Dursun tried a dipping shot which went close and Jonathan Woodgate again came to the rescue as he robbed Sulun Yasin at the expense of a corner. Paul Robinson tipped a clever lofted back-heel from Miroslav Karhan over the bar. Danny Mills was able to stop Kahveci Nihat en route to goal and Lee Bowyer brought down Ozdilek Mehmet as United had to survive some pressure. Paul Robinson was twice alert to take the ball off Ahmet Dursun while at the other end Mark Viduka shot into the side netting and honours were even at half-time. Kahveci Nihat was playing well for Besiktas and Ahmet Dursan sent a header wide after he had set him up. Jacob Burns then brought down Ahmet Dursan for Kahveci Nihat to fire straight into the wall, and later the same player ballooned the ball over when well placed. The next half hour was a mind-numbing void with few efforts on either goal until with a last roll of the dice Besiktas forced two corners but were unable to capitalise on them as the game came to its merciful conclusion.
Michael Bridges goes down injured unchallenged
Michael Bridges is tended to by medical staff
Michael Bridges is stretchered off with a serious leg injury
Lee Bowyer and Tayfur Havutcu in a challenge for the ball
Paul Robinson and Jacob Burn deputised for Nigel Martyn Jonathan Woodgate returned in and Michael Bridges replaced the
and Olivier Dacourt place of Lucas Radebe suspended Alan Smith
Gary Kelly and Ian Harte were able to keep their full back partnership Danny Mills was again in central defence
Lee Bowyer, Eirik Bakke and Dominic Matteo were joined by Jacob Burns in midfield
Mark Viduka was again United’s striker Darren Huckerby replaced the injured Stephen McPhail was a substitute
Ali Eren Beserler and Ihan Sahin started the game for Besiktas Ayhan Akman came on as a substitute