Besiktas out of Champions League in 6-0 loss to Dynamo
They had been the Champions League’s kings of the late surprise earlier in the season, but Besiktas had no answer to a 6-0 onslaught from Dynamo Kiev as it was eliminated from the competition yesterday.
The game was all but over by halftime in Ukraine, with Besiktas four goals down, and the Turkish champions finished with nine men following two red cards.
Besiktas showed no sign of the neversay-die spirit that had characterized the team’s Champions League campaign, with a late win over Napoli and a 3-3 draw from being 3-0 down against Benfica last time out. Instead, it slumped to a heavy defeat in a mostly empty stadium against a Dynamo team that was already sure to finish last in Group B, but that recorded its biggest Champions League win. Its previous mark was 4-0, after victories in 1997 and 2000.
Besiktas needed a win to go through thanks to group winner Napoli’s 2-1 victory at Benfica. Dynamo’s star winger Andriy Yarmolenko started the night’s torment for Besiktas with smart footwork on the byline and a cross to the far post for Artyom Besedin to score the ninth-minute opener.
Besiktas looked lively for the next 20 minutes until defender Andreas Beck was dismissed for a collision with Derlis Gonzalez, who was through on goal for Dynamo. Yarmolenko scored the resulting penalty and Vitaliy Buyalskiy soon made it 3-0 with a lobbed effort after a Besiktas defensive mix-up.
A deflected shot from Gonzalez provided Dynamo’s fourth in first-half stoppage time, and Serhiy Sydorchuk added the fifth in the 60th with a shot on the rebound, shortly after Besiktas striker Vincent Aboubakar was red-carded for a second offense.
Junior Moraes made it 6-0 before Dynamo twice hit the woodwork. The win could prove a morale-booster for Dynamo, with the team’s struggles in Europe being mirrored by troubles at home, with the Ukrainian champion 10 points off league leader Shakhtar Donetsk. Eliminated from the Champions League, Besiktas will take its place in the Europa League after finishing third in its group. — AP