GeriGündem Turkey's Fenerbahce says farewell to CL, UEFA hopes still alive
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Turkey's Fenerbahce says farewell to CL, UEFA hopes still alive

Turkey’s Fenerbahce football club bid farewell to the Champions League on Tuesday after losing 2-1 against Portugal's Porto at home; however, the club still retains hope for place in the UEFA Cup.

Lisandro Lopez gave Porto the lead in the 19th minute when he volleyed in from inside the area at Sukru Saracoglu stadium.

He doubled the Portuguese side's lead after a throw-in nine minutes later. Fenerbahce goalkeeper Volkan Demirel blocked his first shot on goal only for Lisandro to score with his second effort, despite claims of handball from Fenerbahce players.

Fenerbahce coach Luis Aragones, Spain's Euro 2008 architect, reacted by withdrawing Emre and sending on Kazim Kazim, formerly of Bury, Brighton and Sheffield United who became one of the stars of Turkey's run to the Euro 2008 semi-finals despite being born in the same London suburb as David Beckham.

Half-time substitute Kazim pulled a goal back for Fenerbahce in the 63rd minute with a long-range shot which deflected off Bruno Alves and beyond the reach of Porto goalkeeper Helton.

"The first 10 minutes were difficult for us and Fenerbahce gave us problems. We have a young side but we came through in the end so we are happy," Porto coach Jesualdo Ferreira was quoted by Reuters as saying.

Twice-champions FC Porto sneaked into the last 16 of the Champions League with this win, and the result lifted them to nine points, second behind Arsenal on 11 points after their defeat of Dynamo Kiev.

Fenerbahce, quarter-finalists last season, fourth on two points, retain hopes of a UEFA Cup place but need to beat Kiev away in their final game on Dec. 10.

"All I want to say is we didn't manage to convert our chances. Their second goal was a clear handball. The first one was Volkan's fault," Aragones said.

"We started well and exerted pressure and if we (had) scored then the game could have been different but they scored instead. We now have to focus and work hard and win the Kiev game," said Fenerbahce defender Roberto Carlos.

Despite the loss, the fans chanted the name of Fenerbahce winger Gokhan Gonul, applauding him for his performance at the end of the match.



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