Be­sik­tas out of Cham­pi­ons League in 6-0 loss to Dy­namo

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

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

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