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Sports News of Wednesday, 26 August 2020


Bernard Mensah's Champions League debut for Besiktas ends in heavy loss against PAOK

Bernard Mensah had a debut to forget for Besiktas after they were smashed 3-1 by PAOK in the qualifying round of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League on Tuesday evening.

Mensah joined the Black Eagles on a loan deal with the obligation to purchase at the end of next summer.

The 25-year-old demonstrated his qualities in training which informed coach Sergen Yalcin to hand him a starting place in the Champions League encounter against Greek giants PAOK at the Toumba Stadium.

Despite the Ghana international's presence in the Turkish side's midfield, PAOK run-riot them 3-1 to book their ticket to the quarterfinal of the qualification round.

PAOK finished the game under first 30 minutes of the match following a brace from Christos Tzolis and a sole strike by Dimitrios Pelkas.

Besiktas netted a face-saving goal through Canadian forward Cyle Larin in the 37th minute of the game.

Mensah was replaced with Dorukhan Tokoz in the 69th minute after failing to inspire his sie.