Fenerbahçe vs. BATE Borisov
The first leg, having ended in a goalless draw, meant that anything was still possible, for BATE especially, because all they needed to do was score one away goal and their hosts to score two. This also meant that Fenerbahçe had to look for a goal in their own back yard to avoid a long night. The home side’s goal came thanks to a well-taken penalty by Cristian just before half-time, and with the way they’d been able to hold their opponents, all they needed to do was keep their strong defense going. Both teams had an almost equal number of chances and were both very motivated to progress to the next round. With the little edge Fenerbahçe had at home, however, they were able to cut BATE’s hopes short and get the spot themselves.
It was a busy night in Istanbul for Antony Gautier, who had to issue 11 yellow cards and 1 red card between the two teams. The visitors had to play more than 70 minutes with ten men as Baga was sent off after his second yellow after only 20 minutes. He was the only player to get sent off during this match.
Aykut Kocaman and Viktor Goncharenko lined up the following squads:
Fenerbahçe Starting XI:
Volkan Demirel (c), Egermen Korkmaz, Yobo, Ziegler, Gokhan Gonul, Mehmet Topal, Cristian, Salih Ucan, Sow, Kuyt, Webo
Subs: Mert Gunok, Serdar Kesimal, Recep Niyaz, Stoch, Semih Senturk, Caner Erkin, and Selcuk Sahin
BATE Starting XI:
Gorbunov, Filipenko, Gayduchik, Hleb, Olekhnovich, Rudik, Baga, Yurevich (c), Volodko, Rodionov, Bordachev
Subs: Soroko, Polyakov, Badoyan, M. Volodko, Aleksievich, Pavlov, and Mozolevski
Final Score: Fenerbahçe* 1-0 BATE Borisov (Agg: 1-0)
Cristian 45′ (pen)
Round of 16:
Having eliminated BATE, Fenerbahçe will face Plzen in the round of 16. They will play the first leg of this game away and the second leg at home.
Hannover 96 vs. Anzhi Makhachkala
The first leg of this game was one of the most exciting of the first leg matches, and one of the factors contributing to this was the number of goals scored. I didn’t expect to see so many goals in the second leg, but I anticipated an exciting match all in all.
Anzhi had already almost sealed their spot in the round of 16, having scored 3 goals in the first leg, but Hannover were still very tough opponents at the Hannover Arena in Germany as they had been in Russia, maybe even tougher! The visitors still had a slight edge over them in the end, but they weren’t easy at all to get past. They had more attempts, but most of them were off target, and although the same was for their visitors, they had better chances. This game was very tight, and had there been a different result for Anzhi in the first leg, things would’ve been very different in the second as well. Hannover scored first, but it didn’t cost their visitors too much as they were able to hold them until the end, even scoring another one for themselves as well.
A total of 9 yellow cards were issued during this match, but no players were sent off.
Mirko Slomka and Guus Hiddink lined up the following squads:
Hannover Starting XI:
Zieler, Djourou, Schulz (c), da Silva Pinto, Huszti, Pocognoli, Ya Konan, Abdellaoue, Diouf, Sakai, Schmeiedebach
Subs: Miller, Haggui, Chahed, Nikci, Sobiech, Schlaudraff, and Rausch
Anzhi Starting XI:
Gabulov, Eschenko, Joao Carlos, Logashov, Ewerton, Jucilei, L. Diarra, Ahmedov, Boussoufa, Eto’o (c), Willian
Subs: Pomazan, Tagirbekov, Agalarov, Smolov, Traore, Shatov, and Carcela-Gonzalez
Final Score: Hannover 96 1-1 Anzhi Makhachkala* (Agg: 2-4)
Da Silva Pinto 70′, Traore 90’+9
Round of 16:
Having eliminated Hannover, Anzhi Makhachkala will face Newcastle United (once again) in the round of 16. They will play the first leg of this match at home and the second leg away.
Written by Ange Marline