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.
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.
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.”
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."
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