Europa League - Group K
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Besiktas 0-1 Wolverhampton: We want to compete to win in Europa League - Conor Coady

Conor Coady
Wolves are unbeaten in their last four games in all competitions, winning back-to-back matches

Wolves captain Conor Coady insists the Premier League side are not in the Europa League "to make up the numbers" after they claimed their first win of the group stage with a 1-0 victory at Besiktas.

Willy Boly struck deep in stoppage time to seal a dramatic win.

Wolves are in the main stage of a European competition for the first time in 39 years, and Coady is determined to make the most of the opportunity.

"We want to compete to win," he said.

"We've said the whole time we've been here, we're not here to make up the numbers, we're here to have a good go."

Boly's goal was his first of the season but he showed great composure after he was picked out inside the box by Ruben Neves, taking a touch before placing a neat finish into the bottom corner.

It was a thrilling end to what had largely been a cagey affair, with Wolves not managing a shot on target until midway through the second half.

Besiktas, meanwhile, went closest to scoring in the first half when a corner deflected off Coady and on to the post.

"Besiktas are a good team, they pushed us, so I'm happy for the boys," Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo said.

"We worked hard, we were competitive, we were organised and didn't concede too many chances to Besiktas."

The result means Wolves have three points from two games in Group K after losing their opener to Sporting Braga at Molineux last month.

They are just one point behind joint leaders Slovan Bratislava and Braga, who drew 2-2 in the group game, and firmly in the hunt for a top-two finish.

A moment to savour for improving Wolves

Wily Bolly
Boly's goal was his first of the season

This was a long awaited and historic victory for Wolves, who two seasons ago were in the Championship and last played in Europe almost four decades ago.

It will have been particularly special to have come in Istanbul, where Premier League sides have historically struggled in the competition.

Since the Uefa Cup was rebranded the Europa League in 2009, Besiktas have won all three of their home matches against English sides - defeating Stoke City, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool - and their fans created an intimidating atmosphere from the outset.

Wolves understandably took a cautious approach against their Turkish opponents and first tested Loris Karius in the Besiktas goal in the 67th minute, when Romain Saiss shot straight at the on-loan Liverpool keeper.

But as the game headed into the final 10 minutes, Wolves upped the pressure and Saiss had a strike ruled out for offside.

Nuno's side did not settle for the point, however, and with seconds left Boly produced a composed finish to snatch all three points and cap a perfect away performance.

After failing to win any of their first six Premier League games, Wolves' form is now improving. They are unbeaten in four and have now won back-to-back games after beating Watford in the league at the weekend.

What next?

Wolves head to Premier League champions Manchester City on Sunday 6 October (14:00 BST).

Line-ups

Besiktas

  • 1Karius
  • 5Pereira dos Santos
  • 24Vida
  • 20Uysal
  • 23Braga Rebocho
  • 26TokozBooked at 31minsSubstituted forOzyakupat 79'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 15Elneny
  • 22Ljajic
  • 27LensSubstituted forGönülat 84'minutes
  • 9YalcinSubstituted forNayirat 27'minutes
  • 88Erkin

Substitutes

  • 3Roco
  • 8Nayir
  • 10Ozyakup
  • 11Boyd
  • 13Hutchinson
  • 77Gönül
  • 97Yuvakuran

Wolves

  • 11Rui Patrício
  • 15Boly
  • 16Coady
  • 27Saïss
  • 2Doherty
  • 8Neves
  • 28João Moutinho
  • 19Castro OttoBooked at 67mins
  • 17Gibbs-WhiteSubstituted forDendonckerat 62'minutes
  • 9JiménezSubstituted forCutroneat 79'minutes
  • 7NetoSubstituted forTraoréat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Vallejo
  • 5Bennett
  • 10Cutrone
  • 21Ruddy
  • 29Vinagre
  • 32Dendoncker
  • 37Traoré
Referee:
Harald Lechner
Attendance:
22,670

Match Stats

Home TeamBesiktasAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home11
Away8
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Besiktas 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Besiktas 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Booking

Oguzhan Ozyakup (Besiktas) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Besiktas 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Willy Boly (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Rúben Neves.

Foul by Necip Uysal (Besiktas).

Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Necip Uysal (Besiktas).

Patrick Cutrone (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt blocked. Mehmet Umut Nayir (Besiktas) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Caner Erkin with a cross.

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Leander Dendoncker tries a through ball, but Romain Saïss is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Mehmet Umut Nayir.

Attempt blocked. Romain Saïss (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonny with a cross.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Oguzhan Ozyakup.

Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Patrick Cutrone.

Foul by Caner Erkin (Besiktas).

Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Besiktas. Gökhan Gönül replaces Jeremain Lens.

Attempt missed. Patrick Cutrone (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by João Moutinho.

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

Foul by Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Patrick Cutrone replaces Raúl Jiménez.

Substitution

Substitution, Besiktas. Oguzhan Ozyakup replaces Dorukhan Tokoz.

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

Foul by Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Domagoj Vida (Besiktas) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Caner Erkin following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Douglas (Besiktas) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jeremain Lens.

Corner, Besiktas. Conceded by Romain Saïss.

Foul by Jeremain Lens (Besiktas).

Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Domagoj Vida (Besiktas) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Adem Ljajic with a cross following a set piece situation.

Booking

Jonny (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jeremain Lens (Besiktas) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jonny (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt saved. Romain Saïss (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rúben Neves.

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

Foul by Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Willy Boly (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a corner.

goal

As It Stood

A

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1Sevilla22004046
2FK Qarabag21014403
3F91 Dudelange210157-23
4Apoel Nicosia200235-20

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Copenhagen21102114
2Dynamo Kiev21101014
3Malmö FF201112-11
4Lugano201101-11

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Getafe22003126
2FC Basel21107254
3Trabzonspor201123-11
4FK Krasnodar200217-60

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1PSV Eindhoven22007346
2Sporting21014403
3LASK21012203
4Rosenborg200215-40

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic21103124
2CFR Cluj210123-13
3Lazio21013303
4Rennes201123-11

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal22007076
2Standard Liege210124-23
3Frankfurt210113-23
4Vitória Guimarães200203-30

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Feyenoord21012113
2Young Boys21013303
3Rangers21012203
4FC Porto210123-13

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ludogorets22008176
2Espanyol21103124
3Ferencvárosi TC201114-31
4CSKA Moscow200217-60

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolfsburg21104224
2KAA Gent21104314
3Saint-Étienne201134-11
4Oleksandria201124-21

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Roma21105144
2RZ Pellets WAC21105144
3B Mgladbach201115-41
4Istanbul Basaksehir201115-41

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Slovan Bratislava21106424
2Sporting Braga21103214
3Wolves21011103
4Besiktas200225-30

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Partizan Belgrade21104314
2Man Utd21101014
3AZ Alkmaar20202202
4FC Astana200213-20
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