Europa League - Group C
Besiktas1Tottenham0

Mauricio Pochettino criticises 'laughable' floodlight failure

Besiktas v Tottenham
Supporters used their phones to illuminate the stadium during the power outage
  • Tottenham miss out on top spot in Group C
  • Match twice halted due to floodlight failure
  • Cenk Tosun hits bar and scores winner
  • Kyle Walker returns after nine months out injured

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino bemoaned two "laughable" stoppages due to floodlight failure as his side slipped to a decisive defeat against Besiktas.

The 1-0 loss relegated Spurs to second place in their Europa League group and means they face a tougher draw in the next round.

Pochettino described the stoppages as "difficult to explain", adding: "We had a chat with the referee and you need to accept the situation.

"It's frustrating if that happens, it was laughable. It's not good for reputation of the competition."

Spurs dominated the first period, with Nacer Chadli having a goal ruled out and Roberto Soldado missing an excellent chance.

But the hosts improved in the second half and Cenk Tosun scored the decisive goal from Olcay Sahan's low cross.

It was the second straight Europa League match in which Spurs have had to contend with temporary abandonments, after their game against Partizan was halted three times due to pitch invasions.

On that occasion, Tottenham kept their composure to win, but in Istanbul they could not find the goals needed to retain their advantage at the top of the group.

It means they could face one of the Europa League group winners or seeded Champions League teams in the next round - including Zenit St Petersburg, managed by former Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas.

Who could Spurs face next?
Europa League group winners: Borussia Monchengladbach, Club Brugge, Red Bull Salzburg, Dinamo Moscow, Inter Milan, Feyenoord, Napoli, Dynamo Kiev, Fiorentina, Legia Warsaw.
Seeded Champions League teams: Olympiakos, Zenit St Petersburg, Sporting Lisbon, Athletic Bilbao.

The game was first disrupted after eight minutes - with fans creating an improvised illumination with their smartphones during the ensuing stoppage.

When the players returned to the pitch, Spurs - who welcomed back defender Kyle Walker after nine months out with an abdominal injury - seized the ascendancy and fashioned several good chances.

Soldado spurned a golden opportunity when he scuffed a Younes Kaboul knockdown straight at Tolga Zengin, before Nacer Chadli was denied a goal due to a marginal, but correct offside decision.

Besiktas were missing leading goalscorer Demba Ba through injury and they appeared toothless during the first half, but after the interval their back-up strikers proved their worth.

Tosun thundered a superb effort against the crossbar but Mauricio Pochettino's side did not heed the warning and two minutes later they were behind.

From Gokhan Tore's cross, Sahan knocked the ball across the six-yard box and Tosun converted.

Former Fulham winger Kerim Frei then wasted a golden chance to settle the match, firing into the side netting after a superb one-two with Jose Sosa.

The lights went out again after a minute of injury time, but Spurs could not find a crucial equaliser when the match briefly resumed.

"It was laughable. It's not good for reputation of the competition," said Mauricio Pochettino on the floodlight failure

Line-ups

Besiktas

  • 29Zengin
  • 2Kurtulus
  • 19Franco
  • 22GülümBooked at 21minsSubstituted forNukanat 45'minutes
  • 31de Morais Motta
  • 20Uysal
  • 7TöreSubstituted forKöybasiat 84'minutes
  • 5Sosa
  • 21Frei KoyunluSubstituted forYamanat 90+3'minutes
  • 10Sahan
  • 23Tosun

Substitutes

  • 3Köybasi
  • 14Yaman
  • 28Karaal
  • 33Nukan
  • 54Kaya
  • 99Metin

Tottenham

  • 13Vorm
  • 2WalkerSubstituted forCapoueat 76'minutes
  • 4Kaboul
  • 6Chiriches
  • 3Rose
  • 25Stambouli
  • 8PaulinhoSubstituted forLennonat 70'minutes
  • 17Townsend
  • 19Dembélé
  • 22Chadli
  • 9SoldadoSubstituted forLamelaat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lloris
  • 7Lennon
  • 11Lamela
  • 21Fazio
  • 29Capoue
  • 33Davies
  • 47Onomah
Referee:
Stefan Johannesson

Match Stats

Home TeamBesiktasAway TeamTottenham
Possession
Home33%
Away67%
Shots
Home13
Away11
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away12
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Besiktas 1, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Besiktas 1, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

Attempt blocked. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mousa Dembélé with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Besiktas. Furkan Yaman replaces Kerim Frei.

Delay in match (Tottenham Hotspur).

Foul by Etienne Capoue (Tottenham Hotspur).

Kerim Frei (Besiktas) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Olcay Sahan (Besiktas) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ismail Köybasi with a cross.

Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Atinç Nukan (Besiktas).

Benjamin Stambouli (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Necip Uysal (Besiktas).

Attempt missed. Atinç Nukan (Besiktas) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by José Sosa with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Besiktas. Conceded by Vlad Chiriches.

Substitution

Substitution, Besiktas. Ismail Köybasi replaces Gökhan Töre.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Necip Uysal (Besiktas) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Olcay Sahan (Besiktas) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Gökhan Töre following a fast break.

Offside, Besiktas. Olcay Sahan tries a through ball, but Gökhan Töre is caught offside.

Corner, Besiktas. Conceded by Vlad Chiriches.

Attempt blocked. Gökhan Töre (Besiktas) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Serdar Kurtulus.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Etienne Capoue replaces Kyle Walker.

Attempt missed. José Sosa (Besiktas) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Gökhan Töre following a fast break.

Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cenk Tosun (Besiktas).

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Aaron Lennon tries a through ball, but Nacer Chadli is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Aaron Lennon replaces Paulinho.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Erik Lamela replaces Roberto Soldado.

Attempt missed. Kerim Frei (Besiktas) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by José Sosa with a through ball.

Attempt blocked. Kerim Frei (Besiktas) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Necip Uysal.

Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Gökhan Töre (Besiktas).

Foul by Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur).

Ramon (Besiktas) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by José Sosa.

Attempt missed. Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Nacer Chadli with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Atinç Nukan.

Attempt blocked. Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nacer Chadli.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 11th December 2014

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1B Mgladbach63301441012
2Villarreal6321157811
3FC Zürich62131014-47
4Apollon Limassol6105418-143

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Club Brugge6330102812
2Torino632193611
3HJK Helsinki6204511-66
4FC Copenhagen6114513-84

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Besiktas6330115612
2Tottenham632194511
3Asteras Tripolis6132710-36
4Partizan Belgrade602419-82

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1RB Salzburg65102181316
2Celtic62221011-18
3Dinamo Zagreb62041215-36
4Astra Giurgiu6114615-94

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dinamo Moscow660093618
2PSV Eindhoven62228808
3Estoril Praia612378-15
4Panathinaikos6024611-52

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Inter Milan633062412
2Dnipropetrovsk621345-17
3FK Qarabag613235-26
4Saint-Étienne605123-15

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Feyenoord6402106412
2Sevilla632185311
3HNK Rijeka621378-17
4Standard Liege6114410-64

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Everton6321103711
2Wolfsburg63121410410
3FK Krasnodar6132712-56
4Lille604239-64

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Napoli6411113813
2BSC Young Boys6402137612
3Sparta Prague6312116510
4Slovan Bratislava6006120-190

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dynamo Kiev6501124815
2Aalborg BK6303510-59
3Steaua Bucharest621311927
4Rio Ave6114510-54

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Fiorentina6411114713
2Guingamp631276110
3PAOK Salonika621310737
4Dinamo Minsk6114314-114

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Legia Warsaw650172515
2Trabzonspor631286210
3KSC Lokeren631244010
4Metalist Kharkiv6006310-70
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