Tolgay Arslan didn’t need much time to adapt to European soccer.
Arslan scored a fine, curling goal for Besiktas on Thursday in the second half of his team’s UEFA Europa League game against Liverpool. Arslan’s goal tied the round of 32 series at 1-1 on aggregate, sending the teams into extra time at Istanbul’s Ataturk Stadium.
Arslan entered the contest as a second-half substitute and struck gold in the 72nd minute. Winger Gokhan Toure made the initial pass to Demba Ba. The Besiktas hit-man turned provider and back-heeled his pass to Arslan, who curled a shot past goalkeeper Simon Mignolet into the top corner.
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Arslan, 24, only joined Besiktas from German club Hamburg in January and had never appeared in European club game before Thursday.
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The goal was Arslan’s second in seven games for Besiktas in 2014-15.
Thumbnail photo via LiverpoolFC.com