Balotelli penalty Liverpool Win at Besiktas

Balotelli penalty Liverpool Win at Besiktas

Balotelli penalty Liverpool Win at Besiktas

Liverpool – Liverpool have struggled to beat Besiktas in the first leg of the Europa League last 32. The Reds took the penalty Mario Balotelli in the last five minutes of the game to win 1-0.

In the action at Anfield on Friday (02/20/2015) pm dawn, Liverpool appear dominant, scoring 13 shots in which five of them on target. While Besiktas has six with only one on target.

But the dominance of Liverpool was endless presence of many goals until finally in the 85th minute Balotelli appear as a hero when his kick fitting 12 managed to give a narrow victory for ‘The Red’.

This defeat itself has not shut Besiktas opportunity to qualify for the round of 16 second leg will be held next week at the Ataturk Stadium.

The game

Liverpool immediately take the initiative to attack from the first minute and got his first chance in the third minute through Daniel Sturridge. But his shot from a narrow angle can still be pushed Besiktas goalkeeper.

After these opportunities Liverpool difficult to penetrate layered defense dominated the match Besiktas though.

Besiktas threaten the Liverpool defense the first time in the 33rd minute when the ball came Veli Kavlak korner, but his header was wide of the target.

In the 37th minute Demba Ba barely make Anfield silent when a quick counter-attack which was built Besiktas make Senegalese striker was faced with two Liverpool defender. After doing a solo run into the penalty box, he fired horizontally but can be pushed Simon Mignolet.

In the 42nd minute sweep of a wild ball from Besiktas players fell at the feet of Alberto Moreno, who then left foot kick off hard from a distance, but Cenk Gonen able to download the ball tip.

Liverpool’s last chance in the first half is present in the 45th minute when a free kick Jordan Henderson near the penalty box made it through the fence to live, but the ball just wide though Cenk dead step.

0-0 score lasted until halftime.

Three minutes after the restart Liverpool had a golden opportunity to excel when Cenk Henderson failed to secure crossing from the right wing. Lallana struck loose ball but his shot from close range to soar high above the bar.

Liverpool increasingly frustrated by Besiktas because some times they fail fruitful goal opportunities.

Demi sharpen line of attack Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers also incorporate Mario Balotelli followed Raheem Sterling in the last 15 minutes of the game.

However Jordon Ibe who inspired the presence of goal breaking the deadlock when a solo run into the penalty area forced Ramon Motta break. The referee immediately pointed to the spot.

When a penalty kick was about to be taken, had been a little friction between Henderson and Balotelli are scrambling to be the executor. But Balotelli who eventually developed and successfully convert a goal that put Liverpool ahead 1-0 in the 85th minute.

No more goals created in the last five minutes of the game that Liverpool still win with a score of 1-0.


Liverpool: Mignolet; Can, Skrtel, Sakho; Ibe, Henderson, Allen (Lovren 63 ‘), Moreno; Lallana (Sterling 77 ‘), Sturridge, Coutinho (Balotelli 63’).

Besiktas: Gonen; Kurtulus, Franco, Gulum, Ramon; Hutchinson, Kavlak; Tore, Sosa (Ozyakop 60 ‘), Sahan (Koyunlu 71’); Ba.