EUROPA LEAGUE SEMI-FINAL 1st LEG: Fenerbahce edge Benfica in Istanbul

Fenerbahce hold a narrow advantage over Benfica following their Europa League semi-final first leg.

Fenerbahce hold a narrow advantage over Benfica following their Europa League semi-final first leg.

Egeman Korkmaz scored the only goal of the clash at Sukru Saracoglu Stadium in Istanbul as Aykut Kocaman’s side got the job done in front of their home fans.

The goal came in the 72nd minute, in controversial circumstances, as Fener were awarded a corner which potentially should not have been given.

However, the ensuing ball was played into the area for Korkmaz to rise above his marker and head home off the bar to give the Turkish side the edge.

Fenerbahce were unlucky throughout, striking the woodwork on three occasions, including Cristian’s first-half penalty not beating the post but they had to wait until there was 18 minutes remaining to get their noses in front.

Portuguese giants Benfica will now look to give themselves every chance of progressing to the final when they host Fenerbahce at Estadio da Luz next Thursday.

2012/13 UEFA Europa League semi-final – first leg

Fenerbahce (TUR): 1 (Egeman Korkmaz 72’)
Benfica (POR): 0

Sukru Saracoglu Stadium, Istanbul

Have your say