FT: Besiktas 0-1 Wolves. That is that. Boly's late goal gives Wolves the win - a result that looked very unlikely at the break. Is their season starting to heat up?
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Besiktas - Wolverhampton Wanderers
Europa League - 4 October 2019
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- GoalWilly BolyWolverhampton Wanderers
GOAL! Besiktas 0-1 Wolves (Boly). Wolves have won it! After they initially clear a free-kick, Besiktas get their offside trap all wrong and Neves floats in a cross to Boly, who has time to take a touch and then calmly slot home!
The Besiktas manager is booked for his reaction to Traore winning a free-kick.
Besiktas break from a Wolves free-kick and have a two-on-two opening, with Douglas carrying the ball forward, but he plays a poor pass toward Ljajic and Coady is able to steal teh ball away.
Four added minutes.
Wolves are ending the game strongly and win back-to-back corners. Karius is forced into a smart save from the second and can only palm the ball into the path of Saiss, who hacks it into the net, but it's short-lived joy as the lineman's flag had gone up and he was just offside.
Neves sees an opening from range and goes for goal, but a defender gets in the way.
Cutrone makes a nice run towards the left, gets the ball and squares up Vida, making a nice angle for a shot, and curls an effort narrowly wide. That was close, and Wolves' best moment so far.
Braga are still winning the group's other game. They lead 2-1.
Under pressure from Erkin, Traore now sends a cross straight out of play.
Traore makes a little space for himself but the end product is again disappointing - a cross that's headed clear by a defender under no pressure.
- OffDorukhan TokozBesiktas
- OnOguzhan ÖzyakupBesiktas
Ozyakup is also on, with Tokoz making way.
- OffRaúl JiménezWolverhampton Wanderers
- OnPatrick CutroneWolverhampton Wanderers
Having hardly touched the ball tonight, Jimenez is replaced by Cutrone.
As Jimenez closes him down, Karius flicks a pass to Vida with the outside of his foot. Brave.
Besiktas lead 6-1 on corners.
There's a delay in the game as Saiss gets some treatment, but we're back underway now. Can either team find a winner?
A botched short corner is recycled by Besiktas and Erkin crosses from deep. Vida again gets on the end of it and again heads wide.
The resulting free-kick is sent in with a good pace on the ball and Wolves are given a massive let-off as Vida rises highest but glances a header narrowly wide.
- Yellow cardJonny CastroWolverhampton Wanderers
Jonny cynically pulls down Lens and that will be a booking.
Saiss shots from long range and Saiss, carefully watching the wobbling ball, beats it away.
Boly shows good anticipation at the other end of the pitch to intercept a Ljajic pass on the edge of the box.
Boly gets away from his marker and rises to meet the corner, but heads over. He really should have hit the target from that range - around eight yards out.
Traore hits the byline and wins a corner, Wanderers' first.
- OffMorgan Gibbs-WhiteWolverhampton Wanderers
- OnLeander DendonckerWolverhampton Wanderers
Gibbs-White, who has had a tough evening, makes way for Dendoncker.
His reputation is growing in his absence.
Jonny and Gibbs-White combine down the left, with Jonny getting to the byline and crossing towards Doherty, but the Irishman can't quite beat the covering defender to the ball.
Traore wins a free-kick on the right. Moutinho needs to produce a good ball and does, with Jimenez meeting it early, but his glancing header goes over. Hey, at least it's a shot.
Gibbs-White has moved to the left flank now, with Traore on the right. Wolves are showing a little more attacking intent since the break.
Lens carries the ball a long way down the right and Jonny can't prevent the cross coming in, but Boly beats Nayir to the ball and clears the danger.
Ljajic's corner doesn't beat the first man.
Vida is getting some treatment after an awkward fall, with the physio hoping the old magic spray will do the trick.
Erkin has a go from at least 30 yards and gets some nice dip on the shot, but it's straight at Patricio.
- OffPedro NetoWolverhampton Wanderers
- OnAdama TraoréWolverhampton Wanderers
Wolves have made one change at the break, bring Traore on for Neto. Can his pace give Wolves more purpose and test the home defence?
We're back underway.
HT: Wolves 0-0 Besiktas. It's been a struggle for both teams so far. Coady hit his own post late on, but chances have been a rarity and Wolves are yet to have a shot. Nuno will be pleased with how his team has defended, but surely he can mix up how they attack? They haven't really looked like being a danger on the break.
There will be one added minute. Wolves would like the break to come now.
Excellent defending by Boly, who tracks Nayir's run to the near post and takes all the sting out of his shot as he attempts to deflect a low cross goalwards.
Off the post! Beskitas win back-to-back corners and the second hits and unsuspecting Coady, who is mightily relieved to see it bounce back off the frame of the goal.
Wolves are yet to have a shot. Beskitas are yet to have one on target.
Besiktas take a corner short and work some space for Ljajic, but a poor cutback from him wastes what was a promising opening.
Braga have taken the lead in the group's other game.
Lens gets the better of Jonny again and his cross falls to Erkin, on the bounce, who also can't keep his shot down.
- Yellow cardDorukhan TokozBesiktas
Tokoz slides in on Jimenez, perhaps a little heavy-handedly, and the Mexican flies up in the air, encouraging the referee to produce a booking and he obliges.
That's better from the hosts. The new arrival Nayir shows good strength to hold off a defender and lay the ball off for Ljajic, just inside the box, but the Serbian can't keep his shot down.
- OffGüven YalçinBesiktas
- OnMehmet Umut NayirBesiktas
Jonny and Neto combine down the left, with the latter sending in a cross that takes a deflection and forces Karius to make a save at his near post.
Yalcin hits the floor to get the game stopped. Once it is, he picks himself up and makes way for Nayir. Yalcin hurt himself in an earlier bump with Saiss.
Jonny trips Lens not far from his own penalty area an is lucky to escape without a card. Besiktas have a free-kick in and Erkin takes, although his in-swinging delivery lacks pace and is pretty straightforward for the defence to deal with.
Neto is found in space on the left and has men to aim at in the box, but can't clear Elneny and the Arsenal loanee heads clear.
An isolated Yalcin shoots well over from range. He's now headed to the touchline for some treatment.
Lens runs at a couple of defenders and makes room for Ljajic, but his cross is then aimless.
This looks like a game between two out-of-form teams thus far. Besiktas have had a lot of the ball, but it's unclear what they want to do with it.
Gibbs-White looks to get past Erkin but can't as his stepovers don't fool the late call-up. Erkin played left-back in Besiktas' last league match.
Moutinho attempts to slip Neto in behind the Besiktas defence, causing Karius to come off his line quickly to snuff out the danger.
Besiktas win a free-kick out wide but Ljajic puts too much on it, allowing Patricio to claim.
It looks like Nuno has set his team up to sit deep and try to frustrate the hosts. One attacking foray from Doherty, who soon lost the ball, is maybe the only time they have enter the opposition half.
There are loud whistles whenever Wolves have the ball, which has been rare in the early minutes.
And we're off.
There's also one change to the Besiktas team to tell you about. An injured N'Koudou has dropped out, so Caner Erkin starts.
It's a very spacious tunnel at Vodaphone Park. The Wolves players are there, in black shirts and gold shorts, while the home team are wearing white shirts with black shorts.
The first game of the day is over; Partizan Belgrade have beaten Astana 2-1. This one is just five minutes away!
A slightly ominous stat for Wolves. This is the clubs' first competitive meeting, and the first time Wolves have faced Turkish opposition in Europe.
Wanderers' win over Watford at the weekend was their first Premier League triumph of the season, and seeing Matt Doherty on the scoresheet should be especially pleasing. The swashbuckling right-back, who has struggled with a knee injury in recent times, was one of the players who caught the eye when Wolves were at their best last season.
Wolves scored 11 goals in three away qualifying games. Raul Jimenez netted in each of those, bagging five goals in total.
Elsewhere in the group, Braga are hosting Slovan Bratislava in Portugal. If one of those teams can secure a victory, they'll be in command of Group K. In case you've forgotten, Braga beat Wolves 1-0 at Molineux to open proceedings, while the Slovakians scored twice in stoppage time to beat Besiktas 4-2.
However, if Wolves' start in the league is disappointing, Besiktas’ is downright upsetting. They have just five points from six games - a tally that leaves them in the relegation zone - and lost 4-1 against Trabzonspor at the weekend.
An impressive stadium and the venue of this season's UEFA Super Cup. It holds 41,000 fans and Besiktas haven't lost here in 2019.
Nuno Espirito Santo makes two changes from the side that bettered Watford on Saturday. Morgan Gibbs-White and Ruben Neves are the new faces, with Diogo Jota still out through injury. It's another good opportunity for 19-year-old Gibbs-White, while the likes of Rui Patricio and Joao Moutinho have plenty of experience at this level.
WOLVES: Patricio, Doherty, Boly, Coady, Saiss, Jonny, Neves, Moutinho, Gibbs-White, Neto, Jimenez. Subs: Ruddy, Valejo, Bennett, Cutrone, Vinagre, Traore, Dendonker.
The Besiktas line-up features just five players who started their last game, a league defeat. Mohamed Elneny, on loan from Arsenal, ex-Tottenham winger Georges-Kevin Nkoudou and one-time Sunderland forward Jeremain Lens are just three of the players who come into the side, with the mercurial Adem Ljajic also making an appearance. Guven Yalcin, who is still only 20, leads the line.
BESIKTAS: Karius, Douglas, Viida, Uysal, Rebocho, Elneny, Took, Ljajic, Lens, N’Koudou, Yalcin. Subs: Roco, Ozyakup, Hutchinson, Gonul, Erkin, Yuvakuran, Nayir.
Good evening, one and all, and welcome to live coverage of Wolverhampton Wanderers’ game against Besiktas in Istanbul. Following defeats to open up the group, both of these teams can ill afford another loss here. Both have also made disappointing starts on the domestic front too, making this a hard game to predict. Team news is on the way next…