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As it happened: Beşiktaş 2-2 Reading

18 July 2018


  • Royals meet Beşiktaş in Graz
  • Kick-off at 6pm UK, 7pm Austria
  • Babel and Ozyakup open two goal advantage for Turkish team
  • Smith and McNulty fire Reading level at the death
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Updated at 20:59 (UK)


Full-time: Reading 2-2 Besiktas

Late goals by Smith and McNulty give the Royals a draw!


GOAL! 2-2! Marc McNulty levels at the death!

Great take by the striker to convert a low Sone Aluko cross - with just seconds of the game remaining! 


GOAL! Sam Smith pulls one back for Reading.

A back-pass by Caner Erkin deflects straight to Smith - he's left with an empty net and slots home!  2-1.


Goal - Oğuzhan Özyakup nets a second for Beşiktaş.

2-0 the score - a combination in the box allows the forward to blast in from close range.


Great chance for the equaliser; McNulty denied his first Reading goal.

He did well to anticipate after a loose blocking touch and wormed a route to goal... but saved.


Nearly a great breakaway opportunity for the Royals, but a cross is cut out.

McNulty glides past a challenge and finds Smith, who in turn finds Aluko, but the cross is cut out.


A bit more of a 4-4-2 formation since the latest changes.

McNulty and Smith forming the forward partnership.


Three changes for the Royals - on come Marc McNulty, Sam Smith and Tyler Blackett.

Departing are Meite, Gunter and Swift.


Goal for Beşiktaş - Ryan Babel scores.

A drilled cross is met with a firm header and Mannone can't get to the point-blank header - 1-0.


Subs for Reading - Ilori and Clement on, Meyler and McShane off.


Fatih Aksoy with the effort; always rising.

Cleared the bar comfortably, but an inviting opportunity.


Aerial battles for the ball.


Sone Aluko with the effort, Utku Yuvakuran with the save.

The Royals forward pounced on a loose clearance and used teammates' runs to make space... but well held before Meite could pounce on any spillages.


At the other end, a terrific intervention by Andy Yiadom!

He prevents Özyakup from a clean run on goal - needed to time his challenge well, and did.


Almost a brilliant opening for Reading!  John Swift with a lovely piroutte in midfield, which allows Barrow to charge forward.

Royals were outnumbering their opponents but the pass was just out of Meite's reach; the danger passes.


The second half is underway. Royals get us restarted.

No changes at the interval.


Half-time: Reading 0-0 Beşiktaş

Some good entertainment in Graz but no goals to speak of, so far.


Lens again causing issues on the right... Barrow can't quite cut out a ball meant for him and he finds space to cross.

Toköz is the man arriving, but his effort is spooned well over.


Arslan with the effort, McShane with the block!

Good play by Lens on the right for Beşiktaş, getting down the right to cross low. But committed defending.


Another great chance for Reading... the shot is blocked!

Meite's pace allows him to break through the middle - he delays the pass for John Swift, who eventually receives in support... the midfielder takes a touch but a stretching leg denies the ball a route to goal.

0-0 as we approach the break.


Exchanging pennants before kick-off.


Great play by the Royals, which almost opens the scoring.  David Meyler at the heart of it, with some bold play on the left.

A ball drilled low into the area falls for Yakou Meite to strike on the spin; forces a save from the goalkeeper.


Off the bar!  Terrific save by Mannone!

Özyakup allowed space in the box and Larin is all alone... the Italian makes a cracking save and the ball bounces clear off the bar!


Great forward play by Yakou Meite - runs the left channel and wins a free-kick.  Neat ball by Barrow to find him initially.

Kelly swings over the set-piece, which is dealt with by the Turkish defence.


Lay-off from Oğuzhan and a firm effort from Babel, which Mannone bats away.

A competitive game in which Reading are certainly holding their own - but it's Beşiktaş who have had the better of the chances.


John Swift manning the midfield.


Great block, Liam Moore!  We've seen that kind of thing plenty of times in the hooped shirt.

It was Arslan with the effort, being slipped in by Lens, but the Royals man made himself big.


Nearly a bit of a bust-up between David Meyler and Cyle Larin - the Beşiktaş man wouldn't release the ball after conceding a foul.

A bit of a square-up but the situation is diffused quickly.


Nearly an opening as Mo Barrow sprints into space on the left...

... he runs into traffic but keeps possession.  David Meyler feeds the ball out to the right but the cross from Andy Yiadom is cut out.


The boys before the game, getting comfy in their surroundings.


First chance of note as Ryan Babel takes aim for the Turkish side.

Great reactions from goalkeeper Vito Mannone! Tips it around the post on the stretch.


Underway in Graz!



A lovely evening for it! We're minutes from kick-off against Beşiktaş in Graz.

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