Besiktas edge LASK Linz out in Europa League quals

By Can Erozden

ANKARA (AA) – Turkish football heavyweights Besiktas toppled LASK Linz of Austria 1-0 in the UEFA Europa League 3rd Qualifying Round first leg in Istanbul late Thursday.

In the sixth minute of the match at Vodafone Park, Besiktas's left winger Ryan Babel scored the header in the far post. Turkish midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup produced the assist.

Babel scored the winning goal for his team as Besiktas bagged its victory at home.

The second leg is set for Thursday, Aug. 16 in Linz, Austria.

Meanwhile, the other Turkish team playing in the same Europa League round, Medipol Basaksehir, drew against English club Burnley 0-0 in Istanbul.

The second leg will be played next Thursday in England.

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