Besiktas goalkeeper Cenk Gonen claims his side have “settled the score” with Liverpool after their 8-0 mauling at Anfield back in November 2007.
Tolgay Arslan scored a brilliant goal late on to seal a 1-0 win for Besiktas that took the game to extra-time and penalties – which the Turkish side won 5-4 after Dejan Lovren blazed over Liverpool’s fifth spot kick.
The Turkish keeper is happy that his side have got one over the Reds and thinks the balance has been redressed.
“We had a history with Liverpool and I think we have settled the score now.” he said.
“It was important for the team, for the club, for the fans.
Gonen thinks his tactics between the sticks had an impact on Lovren before the Croatian defender missed the decisive spot kick.
“I waited until the very last moment before he shot. I did not move and I think it played a part in making him miss.” Gonen said.
Gonen’s Besiktas team-mate Veli Kavlak was also pleased with the result and said that coach Slaven Bilic was proud of their team.
“We are so happy, I am speechless. It is a very beautiful night for the club. This happiness we feel is indescribable.
“Before the shoot-out, coach came to us and said he was proud of us – that we had dominated 120 minutes of play and that we had nothing to lose. Then he asked: ‘Who wants to take one?’ and everybody raised their hand.” Kavlak said.
The Turkish side will go into the draw for the last sixteen of the Europa League alongside Everton, who beat Swiss side Young Boys 7-2 on aggregate.