Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Lights out as Besiktas overhaul Tottenham

12 December 2014, 16:06

Paris - Besiktas beat Tottenham 1-0 in the Europa League on Thursday to climb above the Londoners and win Group C on a night that saw the floodlights fail twice.

In the final round of group games Tottenham only needed to draw to top the pile, but a 60th-minute tap in from the six-yard line from Cenk Tosun gave the Turks the game and the group.

Spurs ended runners-up and thereby go into the hat for Monday's draw along with the other top two finishers as well as the Champions League third placed teams, Olympiakos, Liverpool, Zenit, Anderlecht, Roma, Ajax, Sporting Lisbon and Athletic Bilbao.

Besiktas may end up paying a UEFA fine as the game was held up early in the first half for a full 17 minutes with the referee ordering the players off the Ataturk Olympic Stadium pitch.

Also read: Mata enjoying Spain connection

The same thing then happened in time added after 90 minutes with another lengthy delay leaving fans to make the best of the darkness by holding aloft cigarette lighters and mobile phones.

Spurs were themselves were fined 15,000 euros by UEFA earlier Thursday for pitch invasion delays in their last Europa League game.

Everton were already certain to progress as Group H winners but Roberto Martinez's reshuffled pack were beaten 1-0 at home by Russians Krasnodar, who were already out.

"Unfortunately we gave up the goal, they were really up for it. For us it's just good to have gone through," Everton's Gareth Barry told ITV. Wolfsburg beat Lille 3-0 to end up second behind Everton.

Guingamp were left as France's lone team in the next round after they won 2-1 at Greek side PAOK in Group K to finish second behind Fiorentina.

Celtic travelled to Croatia to take on Dinamo Zagreb in Group D knowing they'd finish runners-up come what may.

In the end the hosts were on top with Marko Pjaca hitting a hat-trick as they ran out 4-3 winners.

Pajca's third was a brilliant long-range shot, after he'd rounded a defender and produced a low strike for the first and fired home after getting to a loose ball first for the second.

Trophy holders Sevilla, who beat Benfica in last season's final, qualified second in Group G with a 1-0 victory over Rijeka of Croatia to make the cut behind Feyenoord, who ran out 3-0 winners at Standard Liege.

Salzburg ended up taking 16 points in Group D rounding off their romp with a 5-1 home win over Astra.

Zurich went into the last game in Group A knowing they had to beat Borussia Moenchengladbach but got thumped 3-0 in Germany.

Instead Spain's Villareal went through in second thanks to a 2-0 away win over Apollon in Cyprus.

Club Brugges clinched Group B by a point after a 2-1 win over Helsinki and needed the result as second placed Torino thumped Copenhagen 5-1.

Dinamo Moscow beat PSV Eindhoven 1-0 as both teams qualified from Group E with the Russians returning an impressive 18 points from six games.

Inter Milan were joined in the hat for Monday's draw by Ukraine outfit Dnipropetrovsk who climbed off the bottom of Group F with a 1-0 win over Saint Etienne.

That match was marred by violence ahead of the game with eleven French fans hospitalised.

Napoli won Group I with a 3-0 win over Slovan Bratislava while Young Boys overhauled Sparta Prague to come second with a 2-0 home win over the Czechs.



Musa scores first goal for Leicester

22 October 2016, 20:18

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...