Thursday 22 February 2018

WATCH - Leipzig's Timo Werner forced off pitch due to noisy Besiktas fans

Timo Werner
Timo Werner
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Leipzig forward Timo Werner is said to have requested to be substituted during the club's first ever away Champions League fixture because of noisy Beskitas fans.

The 21-year-old Germany international could not handle the cacophony inside Beskitas' Vodafone Arena and was replaced after 32 minutes.

Werner tried to wear ear plugs to block out the intense atmosphere, but they did little to help him feel at ease with his hostile surroundings. He was seen covering his ears with his hands, before leaving the field with "hearing issues".

Leipzig went on to lose 2-0 as Besiktas maintained their unbeaten start in Group G. Besiktas are now unbeaten in 10 European home matches, but had never beaten German opponents in seven previous attempts in Europe.

Leipzig manager Ralph Hasenhuttl conceded his team struggled to cope with Besiktas' intense home support.

"It is impossible to prepare your team for an atmosphere like this. There was a deafening noise [and] at the start of the game we were a bit affected," Hasenhuttl said.

"We were not good in the first 20 minutes at all. But it was a lesson for all of us. I saw who I can count on in times like these. This is a lesson for us to learn and we keep learning."

Leipzig's cause was not helped when the stadium's floodlights went out for a period in the second half and added to the drama and unease.

The match was held up for 12 minutes and the players left the pitch while the issue was fixed.

Besiktas' victory, courtesy of goals from Ryan Babel and Talisca, mean they are on track for a debut appearance in the knockout stages.

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