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Football: Besiktas lost to Braga 3-1, eliminated

– Turkey’s Besiktas eliminated from UEFA Europa League after losing to Portugal side Braga in away match

By Emre Asikci

ANKARA (AA) – Turkey's Besiktas have been eliminated from UEFA Europa League, after losing to Portuguese club Braga 3-1 in Group K late Thursday.

At Braga Municipal Stadium, Portuguese Forward Paulinho's 14th minute header from a corner kick gave his team the lead.

15 minutes later, Besiktas equalized after Tyler Boyd managed to beat the keeper, with a calm and collected finish.

However, Braga took over the lead once again in the 27th minute with Paulinho again, putting Besiktas' slim chances of surviving in the group at risk.

In the second half, the third goal came from Angolan Forward Wilson Eduardo in the 81st minute for Braga, sealing the faith of Besiktas.

With this loss, Besiktas have been eliminated from Europa League after 4 matches in the group.

Here are the standings in Group K after 4 matches:

P W D L GF GA +/-
SC Braga 4 3 1 0 8 4 4 10
Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 4 3 0 1 4 2 2 9
ŠK Slovan Bratislava 4 1 1 2 7 7 0 4
Beşiktaş JK 4 0 0 4 4 10 -6 0

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