Football: Surprise leaders Besiktas seize control of their Champions League group

Besiktas' goalkeeper Fabri (left), Pepe (second left) and their teammates celebrate with fans after the UEFA Champions League in Istanbul, Turkey, on Sept 26, 2017.
Besiktas' goalkeeper Fabri (left), Pepe (second left) and their teammates celebrate with fans after the UEFA Champions League in Istanbul, Turkey, on Sept 26, 2017.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

(REUTERS) - First half goals from Ryan Babel and Talisca earned Besiktas a 2-0 victory over RB Leipzig in their Champions League game on Tuesday, making it successive Group G wins for the Turkish champions.

The home side looked threatening from the outset and Babel capitalised in the 11th minute when Cenk Tosun cut in from the left and crossed for the Dutch winger to fire a side-footed shot beyond Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi.

Talisca doubled the Istanbul side's lead in the 43rd minute, meeting a cross from Ricardo Quaresma with a diving header from close range.

The Bundesliga side made a brighter start to the second half, but their momentum was interrupted when a floodlight failure brought proceedings to a halt for 10 minutes.

Upon resumption, Besiktas were content to soak up the pressure and Leipzig were unable to find a way through in their second-ever game in the Champions League.

Besiktas lead Group G with six points while Leipzig are level on one point, with last season's semi-finalists AS Monaco, who were beaten 3-0 at home by second-placed Porto.