Europa League:Besiktas to take on LASK Linz in Istanbul

By Diyar Guldogan

ANKARA (AA) – Besiktas will take on LASK Linz of Austria in their UEFA Europa League 3rd Qualifying Round late Thursday.

The first leg will take place at Istanbul Vodafone Park at 9 p.m. local time (1800GMT).

Besiktas Manager Senol Gunes on Wednesday said in a statement: "Since most of LASK Linz have been playing together for quite some time, we need to be cautious and patient. I must also stress the importance of not conceding a goal at home in this leg."

If the Black Eagles eliminate LASK Linz in Europa League 3rd Qualifying Round, they will face the winners of Partizan and Nordsjaelland tie in the playoffs round.

The other Turkish team in the Europa League, Medipol Basaksehir, will face Premier League side Burnley in the third qualifying round at home.

The first leg match will kick off at Fatih Terim Stadium in Istanbul at 1800GMT.

The winner of the tie will face Olympiacos-Luzern game winner to book a ticket to Europa League group stage.