Football

Benfica were riding high at 3-0 up.

Benfica score against Besiktas after hitting woodwork three times

Published Add your comment

Football News
24/7

Besiktas came from three goals down to draw 3-3 with Benfica in an enthralling Champions League encounter on Wednesday.

It didn’t reach the level of Borussia Dortmund 8-4 win against Legia Warsaw the previous day - it’ll be a long time before another game does - but it provided enormous entertainment nonetheless.

Benfica looked to have booked their place in the knockout round after scoring three goals in the first half but the Besiktas side bounced back in a game reminiscent of the 2005 Champions League final between Liverpool and AC Milan.

Article continues below

Cenk Tosun reduced the deficit in the 58th minute but Besiktas had to wait until the 83rd minute to score again, Ricardo Quaresma scoring from the penalty spot.

The comeback was complete when Quaresma sent in a brilliant rabona cross that was turned in by Vincent Aboubakar in the 89th minute.

Article continues below

Besiktas must have thought it was just not their day when Ljubomir Fejsa scored Benfica’s third goal in bizarre circumstances.

The midfielder steered the ball home after his teammates struck the woodwork not once, not twice but three times.

In Benfica’s case, it was fourth time lucky.

Watch the goal below.

The Portuguese outfit’s side luck ran out in the second half when they completely capitulated.

Hamann: Nobody gave Liverpool a chance

Didi Hamann, who was a part of the Liverpool team that beat Milan on penalties after recovering a 3-0 half-time deficit, was instantly reminded of that night in Istanbul.

"They were probably given as much chance as people had given us 11 years ago," Hamann told RTE, via Goal

"But what a remarkable comeback. It started with an absolute screamer of a goal. Tosun with a great bicycle kick, then Quaresma with a penalty, and then look at that rabona! What a cross, he puts it in on a sixpence to Aboubakar, and he finishes off.”

Quaresma's assist

Hamann certainly isn’t underselling Quaresma’s assist. Check it out below.

Group B is finely poised

The result, couple with Napoli’s 0-0 draw against Dynamo Kiev, leaves Group B finely poised. Benfica and Napoli lead the way on eight points each but they take each other on in the final group game. Besiktas, on seven points, will fancy their chances of beating bottom-placed Kiev and reaching the last-16.

"At half-time they're nearly down and out because you're expecting Napoli to beat Kiev, but now they're right back in it,” Hamann added. “It's in their hands now. It would be a remarkable achievement after the first-half."

What's the craziest goal you've seen? Let us know in the comments section below!

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms

Topics:
UEFA Champions League
Football
Ricardo Quaresma
Cristiano Ronaldo
Luis Nani
Portugal National Football Team

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author

DISCLAIMER

This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again