PARIS (AFP) – 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.
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.