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UEFA Europa League

  • March 15, 2012
  • • 20:05
  • • FİYAPI İnönü Stadyumu, İstanbul
  • Referee: P. Tagliavento
  • • Attendance: 24824

Atlético Madrid win Aggregate 6 - 1

Besiktas - Atletico Madrid Preview: Diego Simeone's men seek to progress with seventh consecutive Europa League win

Besiktas - Atletico Madrid Preview: Diego Simeone's men seek to progress with seventh consecutive Europa League win

Joao Miranda, Radamel Falcao - Atletico Madrid

Los Colchoneros take a 3-1 aggregate lead into the second leg in Turkey to face an out-of-sorts Black Eagles outfit for a spot in the quarter-finals



Toraman, Sivok, Sidnei, Koybasi
Fernandes, Aurelio, Uysal
Holosko, Simao

Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Filipe
Gabi, Suarez
Salvio, Adrian, Koke

Following a disagreement with trainer Carlos Carvalhal over his withdrawal in the first leg, Ricardo Quaresma is unlikely to feature after being left out of the squad to play Orduspor at the weekend.

Filip Holosko is therefore in with a chance of taking the Portuguese's vacated spot in the line-up but Veli Kavlak could also occupy a place on the wing. Fabian Ernst is also suspended for the return match.

Filipe is likely to return to the starting line-up as suspension kept him out of the 2-0 weekend win over Granada. Diego Simeone will be without Tiago, Diego and Antonio Lopez, all of whom are recovering from injury.

The Argentine has surprisingly included Pizzi in his squad to travel to Turkey and the Portuguese could well be in line for an appearance.

  • Besiktas have won just three times in 14 games against Spanish sides, all of which came on home soil. (W3 D3 L9)
  • The Black Eagles last reached the quarter-finals of this competition in 2002/03, where they lost to Lazio.
  • Besiktas are not enjoying their finest spell of form, having only won twice in their last 11 fixtures in all competitions.
  • Atletico Madrid's only defeat against Super Lig opposition was a 1-0 loss to Ankaragucu in the second leg of a 1999/00 UEFA Cup first round tie.
  • Los Colchoneros have only been defeated on the road once in their last eight European games. Udinese earned a 2-0 win at Stadio Friuli in this year's Europa League group stage.
  • Radamel Falcao needs just two more goals to match current leading goalscorer, the eliminated Matias Suarez. The Colombian also has one less strike than Schalke's Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who still remains in the tournament.
Toraman, Sivok, Sidnei, Gulum

Players to watch

Manuel Fernandes

Position: Midfielder

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The former Valencia and Everton midfielder will be integral if Besiktas are to harbour any hope of qualifying for the quarter-final stage. Fernandes has racked up 5 assists so far in this season's Europa League, the joint-most alongside Jose Sosa of Metalist Kharkiv. With Ricardo Quaresma likely to be absent, the burden of creativity will fall more heavily on the Portuguese's shoulders, but if he flourishes, the hosts will have every chance of a positive result.

R. Falcao

Position: Attacker

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The prolific Colombian has shown that he has what it takes to score in one of the world's best leagues after his record-breaking 17-goal haul in last season's Europa League earned him a move to the Spanish capital from Porto. He has impressed in his debut Liga season and is his club's highest goal scorer. A lethal finisher in the area, Falcao also poses an imposing physical threat that the Besiktas defence will need to be at their best to extinguish.

Editor's Prediction

Besiktas are a team somewhat in disarray. Despite occupying a highly respectable fourth place in the Super Lig, the Black Eagles have not tasted victory in 11 games and Atletico Madrid should once again prove too much for them. Diego Simeone has lost just once since taking over from Gregorio Manzano in late December but Simao's away goal in the first leg offers the Turkish side some hope of progressing.

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