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Besiktas - Sarajevo (2002)

06.04.2013 at 00:32h

After successfully eliminating the Czech side Sigma, following a penalty shootout in the qualifying round, Sarajevo gained a place in the first round of the UEFA Cup for the 2002/03 season. The next opponent for the bordeaux team was the famous Turkish club Besiktas.

Besiktas, whose Romanian coach Lucescu was on the bench, were the absolute favourites for the tie and it was predicted that the Turkish side would secure a place in the second round of the UEFA Cup after the first match held at the Inonu Stadium. Indeed the hosts set off briskly from the first minute.

The first opportunity of the game came after just four minutes. Dobra came face to face with the Sarajevo goalkeeper but looped the ball over him and it went out a few inches wide of the post. Five minutes later Besiktas came even closer to scoring when Dursun missed an open goal from just five metres. Opportunities continued to arise for Besiktas throughout the first half one after another with Pancu firing a header on the 12th minute just off target.

Then just when it seemed that Sarajevo had managed to overcome the crisis Besiktas managed to break the resistance of the bordeaux team’s defence in just two minutes. On the 31 minute Zago sent a long range pass from within his own half into Sarajevo’s penalty area​​; Sergen jumped high and headed the ball to Pankua who first dummied two defenders and then with a precise shot made it 1.0 in off the post. Two minutes later it was 2.0, even before the celebrations of the home crowd had diminished. Following a quickly executed corner from the right the ball was passed in front of the Sarajevo goal where it found the unmarked Besiktas striker, Dursun, on the edge of the penalty area. Dursun first brought the ball down and then sent an attractive ‘scissors’ overhead kick into the back of the net. At that point it seemed that Sarajevo was facing a disaster and that the bordeaux team would not be able to get back into the match. However, the Kosevo team’s defence managed more or less to consolidate throughout the remainder of the first half.

At half time Husref Musemic made a change, which turned out to be crucial for achieving a favourable result in Istanbul. Replacing Alen Skoro, who had a disappointing first half, he introduced one of the heroes of the previous match with Sigma, Adnan Osmanhodžić. Unlike the first half, instead of defending its goal Sarajevo concentrated on the attack. Indeed in the second half the bordeaux team was almost unrecognisable from that of the first.

From a team that had failed to make a single shot during the first 45 minutes Musemic’s players turned into one that dominated the second half of the match. The first chance for Sarajevo came in the 59th minute, but Pelak’s shot was inaccurate. Only four minutes later Sarajevo got the much needed goal. Pelak’s free kick from some 25 metershit the wall and rebounded to him before he lifted the ball to Osmanhodžić who headed down directly to the feet of Emir Obuca and the experienced striker fired an angled shot into the lower right hand corner of the Cordoba’s goal for 2.1.

In the 79th minute a new celebration erupted amongst the 300 followers of the bordeaux team who were present at the stadium. A nice move involving Ihtijarević, Pelak, Idrizović and Osmanhodžić resulted in the second goal past Córdoba’s for a fantastic result of 2.2. A huge celebration broke out amongst the Sarajevo fans in Istanbul as well as those who had remained in Sarajevo and who celebrated the success of their team on the streets.

Unfortunately, Sarajevo failed to take advantage of this excellent result from the first match and qualify for the second round of the UEFA Cup. In the second leg Besiktas was much the better team with a high 5:0 result and quite deservedly went into the draw for the next round of the competition.


Date: 19.09.2002.
Spectators: 21.732
Referee: Phillipe Laube (Švajcarska)

Besiktas: Cordoba, Beserler (od 46. Yildirim), Ronaldo, Zago, Uzulmez (od 84. Tayfur), Sulun, Amaral, Dobra (od 73. Demiray), Sergen, Dursun, Pancu. Trener: Mircea Lucescu.

Sarajevo: Krak, Berberović, Idrizović, Mirvić, Krupinac, Zukić, Bašić, Ihtijarević (od 89. Dudo), Pelak, Škoro (od 45. Osmanhodžić), Obuća (od 90. Smječanin). Trener: Husref Musemić.

1:0 - Pancu 31'
2:0 - Dursun 33'
2:1 - Obuća 63'
2:2 - Osmanhodžić - 79'