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PREVIEW: Burnley v Istanbul Basaksehir

Clarets seek win to progress to Europa League play-off round

16 August 2018

The Clarets will play Turkish opposition at Turf Moor for the first time in their history tonight (kick-off 7.45pm).

And the Europa League third qualifying-round tie with Istanbul Basaksehir is perfectly balanced following a 0-0 draw in Turkey last week.

Basaksehir – playing in Europe for a fourth successive season – know any scoring draw will take them through.

But equally, any victory will be enough for Burnley to put themselves within one more win of a place in the group stages after keeping a clean sheet at the Fatih Terim Stadium.  

“I was certainly pleased with the tactical side of things and the structural side of things,” said Burnley boss Sean Dyche, whose side also drew the opening leg of their second-round tie before beating Aberdeen at Turf Moor to progress.

“They’re a good side as well, by the way. Don’t forget they’ve got some really experienced players and quite a number of them.

“But the defensive shape, the willingness and the desire of the players was very good, from a changed side, which is not easy.

“Overall, to go away and get that clean sheet was good and important.

“Now, of course, we want to take that onto the next game and open up the play slightly more and be more productive in the attacking form of the game and see where it takes us.”

Former Turkey national team coach Abdullah Avci, who has guided Basaksehir to four successive top-four finishes since the club was effectively re-formed in 2014, expects the Clarets to adopt a different approach to the one that nullified his side a week ago.

Speaking before his side trained on the Turf Moor pitch on Wednesday side, Avci said: “In the first game Burnley got what they wanted because they had no obligation to win.

“Now they have the obligation to win so I’m expecting them to play in a different way. We’re ready for all the circumstances.”

Team news

The Clarets have no fresh injury worries but will be without Steven Defour, Robbie Brady, new signing Matej Vydra and ineligible goalkeeper Tom Heaton.

Basaksehir are missing injured winger Eljero Elia from last week’s first leg but former Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor has travelled and is expected to feature.

Form guide

Burnley are unbeaten in four games this season, with three draws and a win over Aberdeen in the home leg of their Europa League tie.

Basaksehir entered the Europa League at this stage and started their domestic campaign last weekend, beating Trabzonspor 2-0 with goals from defender Manuel Da Costa and Adebayor after he came off the bench.

Captain and play-maker Emre played for just half an hour but is expected to start at Turf Moor.

What they’re saying

Clarets winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson: “It is tough to get into the group stages but that’s our target. We want to get into that because that’s the real competition, so hopefully we can make a good step by beating Istanbul Basaksehir."

Istanbul manager Abdullah Avci: “We’re aware there will be supporter pressure here. Even while playing at home we felt the pressure of their supporters, they supported the team very well in Istanbul.

“But we have a group who of players who can handle this pressure.”

What’s next?

The winners of tonight’s tie will go into the play-off round of the competition and face either Olympiakos or FC Lucerne.

And the liklihood is it will be Olympiakos after the Greek side won the home leg of their fixture 4-0.

The winners of the play-off round will join 21 clubs gaining direct entry into the group stage.

Referee

The match officials are all from Romania with Istvan Kovacs the man in the middle.

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Burnley 1 Istanbul Basaksehir 0 (Agg 1-0)

An extra-time corker from Jack takes Clarets through in Europa League

16 August 2018

The Clarets are only one more win away from the group stages of the Europa League after again saving the best until last to earn another extra-time win.

After knocking out Aberdeen inside an added half-hour at Turf Moor, Sean Dyche’s battlers did it again to send Istanbul Basaksehir the same way and advance to the play-off round and two-legged showdown with multiple former Greek champions Olympiakos.

And once again it was Jack Cork who provided the catalyst for another landmark victory to extend the European tour in nerve-biting style.

This time Cork came off the bench as Dyche juggled his resources ahead of Sunday’s home Premier League opener against Watford.

And in the first half of extra-time he repeated his goal against the Dons with another top-class effort – this time with a crisp right-footed strike to kill of a Turkish side that in 210 minutes of football couldn’t find a way past Burnley’s rock solid defence.

The Clarets had never drawn a European tie at Turf Moor before, winning six times and losing only once - a defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt ending their last run in European competition 51 years.

And the only draw that would potentially take Burnley through this time from the third qualifying-round tie would be a repeat of the 0-0 scoreline in Turkey a week ago followed by the possibility of a penalty shoot-out.

The Clarets therefore needed a goal to avoid that scenario and maintain Basaksehir’s record of never having kept a clean sheet in their previous eight away games in Europe.

And in a first half largely dominated by the home side it nearly came on a couple of occasions in 45 minutes which combined a mixture of promise and frustration in equal measures.

With the Turkish side in no hurry to do anything and the Romanian referee punishing virtually any physical contact momentum was hard to find.

But the Clarets – with five changes to the starting line-up from the first leg and Ashley Westwood captaining the side for the first time – made it fairly apparent they were eager to get the ball forward early and exert the kind of pressure they sacrificed in the first leg.

And 10 minutes in it was the physical presence of Barnes that created the first chance. This time the striker did get the benefit of the doubt from the officials after leaving defender Alexandru Epureanu on the floor but he failed to capitalise thanks to a wayward shot into the side netting.

Burnley’s pressing game was making it a tough night for Basaksehir goalkeeper Mert Gunok, whose distribution started to fail under pressure.

And twice it nearly proved costly for his team before he redeemed himself with smart saves from Phil Bardsley and Aaron Lennon, who also combined well to set up a shooting chance for Sam Vokes, which was blocked.

Firstly, Gunok turned away a fierce drive from Phil Bardsley and then following a superb run by Lennon he saved with his legs after the Clarets’ wingman had weaved his way through the visiting defence to earn a clear sight of goal.

Basaksehir didn’t look to be enjoying the occasion, but knowing that an away goal would put them in control of the tie they enjoyed a purple patch just before the break that almost saw them take the lead.

And it was dangerman Edin Visca – the Turks’ best player along with skipper Emre in the first leg – who provided the threat.

It took a superb save from Joe Hart on his home debut, diving to his left at close range to keep out the winger’s best effort, before former Fulham midfielder Kerim Frie also tested the England international in stoppage time.

The Clarets heeded the warning shot and seven minutes into the second half should have gone in front.

With the visitors suddenly being stretched down both flanks and the Clarets’ fans urging their side on, Westwood delivered a perfect cross from the left which curled beyond the Basaksehir defence but was headed over the bar by Barnes from inside the six-yard box.

Vokes then saw a header from substitute Johann Berg Gudmundsson held by Gunok but it was no longer one-way stuff and as time ticked away, the jeopardy of an away goal increased.

Visca again nearly provided it with a skidding drive which Hart turned around a post at full stretch but as the Clarets pushed for a late winner themselves they had a penalty appeal for handball turned down as Barnes tried to force his way through with the last sniff of a chance before extra-time for the second tie running.

Then Cork had struck the crucial goal to see off Aberdeen’s challenge and the Clarets’ leader did again in stunning style eight minutes into the first period.

Having been a given a rare breather, Cork took over the captain’s armband when he replaced Westwood and the midfield man led by example with a magnificent finish, curling the ball into the top corner from almost 25 yards after Jeff Hendrick had kept a cool head to set up the chance after more Burnley pressure had forced an error.

It was then a case of seeing the game out, as Kevin Long produced a peerless performance in a new-look central defensive partnership alongside debutant Ben Gibson.

And with the tireless Bardsley and Stephen Ward also digging in to help Hart keep a third successive clean sheet, it was mission accomplished as Hart's final big save from a Visca header in stoppage time made it all aboard for Athens in a week’s time.

Burnley: Hart, Bardsley, Long, Gibson, Ward, Lennon (Gudmundsson 58), Westwood (Cork 82), Hendrick, Taylor, Barnes (Tarkowski 120), Vokes (Wood 82). Substitutes: Legzdins, Lowton, McNeil.

Booked: Long, Gibson, Ward

Istanbul Basaksehir: Gunok, Clichy, Epureanu, Da Costa, Caicara, Belozoglu, Tekdemir (Inler 92), Frei (Napoleoni 102), Kahveci (Jojic 119), Visca, Bajic (Adebayor 66). Substitutes: Babacan, Attamah, Ucar.

Booked: Kahveci

Referee: Istvan Kovacs (Romania)

Attendance: 16,583

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