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Soccer-Talisca stunner earns Besiktas 1-1 draw at Benfica

Brazilian substitute Anderson Talisca scored a stunning stoppage-time free kick against his own club to earn Besiktas a 1-1 draw at former European Cup winners Benfica in their Champions League Group B match on Tuesday. The 22-year old forward, loaned to the Turkish title holders by their Portuguese rivals during the close season, replaced Oguzhan Ozyakup at halftime and silenced the home crowd when he cancelled out a 12th-minute opener by Franco Cervi.

Benfica were punished for a late miss by winger Eduardo Salvio, who shot straight at Besiktas keeper Tolga Zengin minutes before Talisca equalised. Benfica, who won successive titles in Europe’s flagship club competition in 1961 and 1962, looked totally in control after Cervi pounced to sweep home a close-range rebound after Tolga could only parry a stinging low shot by Salvio from a tight angle.

The closest Besiktas came in the first half was a swerving Ricardo Quaresma free kick in the 30th minute before the busy Tolga palmed away a ferocious Andre Horta piledriver from 30 metres at the other end. Benfica left back Alex Grimaldo briefly lost consciousness in the second half after Portugal winger Quaresma knocked him down with a thundering volley which crashed into the defender’s head. Grimaldo recovered quickly.

Besiktas midfielder Atiba Hutchinson forced an acrobatic save from Benfica keeper Ederson as stoppage time approached and just when it seemed the hosts would hang on for a laboured win, Talisca curled his shot around the wall and left Ederson clutching thin air.

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