Brazilian midfielder RODRIGO TABATA of JK Besiktas Istanbul is caught in between the SK Rapid Vienna pair of Norway international defender RAGNVALD SOMA (22) and Austria international midfielder STEFAN KULOVITS and loses the ball at the Fiyapi Inonu Stadyumu in the capital city of Turkey. (Murad Sezer/Reuters)
UEFA Europa League
2 – JK Besiktas Istanbul (TRK) ———— Quaresma 32′, Ernst 45′
0 – SK Rapid Vienna (AUT)
In a match with little for either side to play for save pride, a pair of first half goals allowed Turkish host JK BESIKTAS ISTANBUL to coast to a 2-0 victory over visting Austrian side SK RAPID VIENNA in Group L of the UEFA Europa League.
Portugal international winger RICARDO QUARESMA, an off-season acquisition costing JK Besiktas 7.3 million Euros from defending UEFA Champions League titlist Inter Milan of Italy, rocketed the hosts ahead shortly after the half hour mark with a thunderous blast beating Rapid Vienna’s Austria international goalkeeper HELGE PAYER to the top corner.
31-year-old defensive midfielder FABIAN ERNST, who has won 24 caps and scored one goal for Germany in his career, fashioned a second for JK Besiktas by heading home the cross of Spain international midfielder GUTI, the 34-year-old veteran who arrived via a free transfer from La Liga giant Real Madrid this summer, in the final minute of the first half.
JK Besiktas Istanbul, managed by former Real Madrid and West Germany international midfielder BERND SCHUSTER, finished second with four wins and a tie from six Group L games and will advance with Portuguese outfit FC Porto in the UEFA Europa League knockout round of 32 this spring.
SK Rapid Vienna, still without the injured pair of German captain STEFFEN HOFMANN and Holland international striker JAN VENNEGOOR of HESSELINK, conclude their European campaign for the 2010-11 season with five losses in six games at the group stage of the UEFA Europa League.
Germany international midfielder FABIAN ERNST, who spent ten and one half seasons in the Bundesliga with SV Hamburg, Werder Bremen and Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen before moving to the Istanbul club for 3.0 million Euros in February of 2009, signals his goal for JK Besiktas at the Fiyapi Inonu Stadyumu in Turkey. (Mustafa Ozer/AFP/Getty Images)
JK BESIKTAS ISTANBUL : Gonen ; Hilbert (Guven 82′), Zapotocny (Gulum 24′), Ferrari, Koybasi ; Tabata, Aurelio, Guti, Ernst, Quaresma (Nobre 68′) ; Kucik
SK RAPID VIENNA : Payer ; Kayhan (Patochka 67′), Sonnleitner, Soma, Katzer ; Kavlak, Pehlivan, Kulovits (Dober 46′), Drazan ; Trimmel (Saurer 46′), Gartler