Fenerbahçe beats Sturm Graz in Europa League, advances to playoffs
AA photoFenerbahçe eliminated Sturm Graz 3-2 on aggregate in the two sides’ UEFA Europa League third qualifying round match in Istanbul on Aug. 3.
The Istanbul club managed to draw 1-1 at Şükrü Saraçoğlu Stadium, moving on to the playoff round in the second-tier European competition.
Fenerbahçe scored its first goal in the 32nd minute, when two new signings connected swiftly to deliver a header. Mathieu Valbuena assisted with a cross to Nabil Dirar who moved Fenerbahçe 1-0 ahead.
The second half saw a much more resilient Sturm Graz side as the Austrian club equalized in the 66th minute. Philipp Huspek calmly finished with a low driven shot, beating goalkeeper Volkan Demirel.
Fenerbahçe held on for the remainder of the match, moving on to the playoff round.
The playoff draw will be held on Aug. 4 at 11:00GMT.