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Besiktas hit back from three behind to hold Benfica

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Football Soccer - Besiktas vs Benfica - UEFA Champions League group stage - Group B - Vodafone Arena, Istanbul, Turkey - 23/11/2016. Benfica's Goncalo Guedes and Besiktas's Adriano in action. REUTERS/Osman Orsal
Football Soccer - Besiktas vs Benfica - UEFA Champions League group stage - Group B - Vodafone Arena, Istanbul, Turkey - 23/11/2016. Benfica's Goncalo Guedes and Besiktas's Adriano in action. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Besiktas hit back from three goals behind at halftime, scoring twice in the last 10 minutes to force a 3-3 draw with Benfica in an enthralling Champions League game on Wednesday.

The Portuguese champions raced to a 3-0 lead in 31 minutes, helped by a sublime effort from Nelson Semedo and a bizarre goal by Ljubomir Fejsa who scored after the ball hit the woodwork three times.

Cenk Tosun pulled Besikas back into the game with a scissors kick, Ricardo Quaresma converted a penalty seven minutes from time and Vincent Aboubakar, like Quaresma a former player for Benfica's arch-rivals Porto, equalised in the 89th minute.

The draw left Benfica with eight points from five games in Group B and Besiktas on seven alongside Napoli who were at home to Dynamo Kiev later on Wednesday.

(Writing by Brian Homewood in Berne, editing by Pritha Sarkar)


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