Europa League: Besiktas 0 – 3 Atlético

Atlético cruise to victory in Istanbul and advance in Europa League

Atletico Madrid duo Adrian and Arda Turan celebrate a goal against Besiktas

Adrián and Arda celebrate their goal
(Mustafa Ozer/AFP/Getty Images)

Atlético Madrid have qualified for the quarter finals of the Europa League after the team cruised to a 3-0 victory. Over two legs we beat Besiktas 6-1 on aggregate.

On Friday we’ll be one of the eight remaining teams at the draw in Nyon, where we’ll find out who we face next on our European crusade.

Possible opponents are Athletic, AZ Alkmaar, Hannover ’96, Schalke 04, Metalist Kharkiv, Sporting Portugal and Valencia.

There were two changes to the Atlético team that beat Besiktas 3-1 at the Vicente Calderón, with Miranda coming in for Luis Perea. The other novelty in the starting line-up was local boy Arda Turan, who returned from injury.

Former rojiblanco Simão, who scored in the first leg, again featured for the home side. Curiously, of all 22 starting players on Thursday night, he was the only one that was part of Atleti’s memorable Europa League triumph less than two years ago.

Besiktas started the game with the best of intentions, but weren’t able to make a fist. BJK came into the match having picked up just a single point in their last six games and missed the confidence to really put Atleti under pressure.

Midway through the first half Atlético took the lead when Arda Turan controlled a cross from Juanfran. The Turk’s first touch seemed off, but he remained calm and provided Adrián with an easy chance which the Asturian duly converted.

It was Adrián’s 8th goal in the Europa League this season and with that number he now holds a club record of most goals in European competition in a single season.

Through large stretches of the match Atlético comfortably played the ball around in midfield, as the Spaniards seemed satisfied with the score while Besiktas were down after taking yet another punch.

Atlético strolled towards the end of the game and went forward whenever Besiktas left some space. After an hour Adrián almost scored a second, but he couldn’t direct Filipe’s cross towards goal.

A little later Koke poorly executed a fast break when Falcao seemed to be in a better position to shoot.

More than the home side, Atleti seemed out to get another goal. After Adrián had already been close, it was Falcao who was allowed to score one of the easiest goals in his career. A cross by substitute Salvio was deflected high into the air and seemed to be a catch for Gönen, but the goalkeeper didn’t lift off and was challenged on his goalline by Falcao. The Colombian towered over the shotstopper and headed in his 22nd of the season.

Adrián then had another two opportunities, but missed the target on the first and played a poor pass as he tried to assist Falcao on the other occasion.

In the added time of the game Eduardo Salvio added a third. The Argentine was launched from midfield and slotted the ball past Gönen for his fourth goal in four matches and his 3rd against Besiktas.

Line-up: Courtois; Juanfran, Miranda, Godín, Filipe; Koke (“73 Salvio), Gabi (“84 Domínguez), Mario, Arda (“68 Assunção); Adrián and Falcao.

Goals: 0-1 Adrián (“26); 0-2 Falcao (“84); 3-0 Salvio (“94)

  • Javi Lozoya

    Great match!, awesome performance!, too bad neither Saul and Pedro could play, Te quiero Atlet!, vamos a por la Europa League!

  • Yes Javi….It was a great match well done Atleti Men. Next we have a tough trip to the Baleric Islands To face Mallorca
    Hope we can win!

  • Javi Lozoya

    duh!, I know it was a great match I just said it.

  • It look like we are the clear favourite to lift the trophy once again.
    I dont want spanish opposition and hopefuly we avoid any of them
    Mallorca here we come, we wil surely kick ur asss on sunday

  • Javi

    Come in Javi take it easy with Randy he’s excited.
    Personally I don’t know what I am happier about that we eliminated besiktas in “hell”, or that kun’s city is out, hahaha

  • wow! ManCity is out? Just got home and didn’t realizem that! The stupid one said that wanted to leave to fight for titles and will probably remain with none. Hope we get this one and let it clear that he left only because of money and nothing else.

  • Javi Lozoya

    Kun is actually fighting for trophies with City but winning them is a complete different thing.

  • Yon

    HAHAHAHA De Gea and Kun out!!!! F THEM!

    Is Arda injured again? It seemed so when he came off?

  • I feel bad for De Gea, not the ManU. It was a good sell for us and I think he had always respected us.

    I couldn’t watch neither follow the match, how was Adrian? Played greatly or mostly only the goal?

    Any news about Diego? Sent him a tweet but no answer this time..

  • Javi Lozoya

    Well, De Gea left Atleti pretty much because of the same reasons as Kun, and I don’t remember him saying goodbye to the Atleti fans, so…,. Even after the end of season he never wanted to step up and say he was gonna leave Atleti. He did it after the Euro U 21 was over. Many fans at Colchonero don’t even like him anymore and even want to see him again. And they must have their reasons because they’re the real and true Atleti fans. I really respect most of the people from Colchonero, most people are very nice and respectful unlike others…

  • Javi Lozoya

    Adrian just tied today legendary Vavá as Atleti’s best goalscorer in European competitions so…,. Fucking Adri is so fucking amazing, he is very smart and pure genius. Rumor says the club is gonna increase his buyout clause to probably sell him, which would suck because I want to see Adri for many years at Atleti, or his whole career. Grande Adri!, one the best signings ever for Atleti, and for free. For me he is worth more than the whole money in the world and ahead of Messi, Cristiana Ronalda or any other. Adri rocks over those bitches. Maybe not over Messi but over Ronalda yes. Grande Adri.

  • Kaminero

    I kind of had this vision of Kun and Man City at the Calderón totally humiliated. Well, I guess that just has to wait.

  • dgsozkan

    Great match , great performance. Love you Atleti!

    By the way, Adrian was amazing as always. I just couldn’t believe that we sign him for free. he is the biggest steal of the season.

  • Tackle_Hard

    With two big fishes out now, the cup sure looks attainable now !

  • leika

    we got Hanover. quite good i think

  • DJ

    possible Valencia in semi final, will be very difficult. I think Valencia are favourites from our side of the draw

  • DavidSf

    Not trying to put the cart before the horse… but if we win the Europa (which i think we have a tremendous shot at) and finish 4th, would this year be more successful than our “double” 2 years ago?

    This should allow us to sign a couple of quality more versatile attackers. I think we are closer to Barcelona and Real Madrid than a lot of people think how Simeone has the team playing.

    Is it crazy to put more eggs or emphasis into Champs’ League should we get there next year than to put 100% commitment to La Liga when it is two team league?

  • Javi Lozoya

    Yes!!!, we’re gonna face Hannover, I predicted that shit, it’s gonna be great, I like Hannover a lot.

  • leika

    Hannover is a tough opponent, specially at their home but I’m more worried about our possible semi-final opponent. Valencia is very hard for us and AZ is full of surprises. I would have liked if Valencia had drawn Athletic so there would have been one less trouble for us. But right now the most important match will be against Mallorca. Hope Saul and Pedro gets chosen instead of Pizzi and I’m really glad for Salvio. It seems that he’s starting to step up and that means there is one considerable option for us that wasn’t there when the season started. Aupa Atleti!!!