Wednesday 24 April 2019

Jack's Cork-er keeps the Clarets' adventure alive

Burnley 1 Basaksehir 0

Burnley's Jack Cork celebrates scoring his side's goal. Photo: Nick Potts/PA
Burnley's Jack Cork celebrates scoring his side's goal. Photo: Nick Potts/PA

Jack Cork's extra-time winner sent Burnley through to the Europa League play-offs after an absorbing clash with Istanbut Basaksehir.

The sides couldn't be separated following ninety well-contested minutes and another 30 were required.

Home fans were gearing themselves up for the dreaded shootout but they needn't have bothered as Cork curled an irresistable shot into the top corner.

The Clarets started the game with three Irish internationals in their line-up.

Kevin Long started at centre-half, with Stephen Ward at left-full and Jeff Hendrick slotting in for a defensive midfield role.

Joe Hart again started in goal to further solidify his status as Sean Dyche's (above) first-choice.

Burnley enjoyed the bulk of possession in the first half but couldn't cut through and it was Hart who was the busier of the two goalkeepers.

He made a pair of saves from Edin Visca late in the first half and turned Kerim Frei's effort around the post before the interval.

The full-time whistle came with neither side managing to break the deadlock and chances at a premium.

For Burnley, it was their third successive 0-0 draw after 90 minutes.

Cork had only been introduced with eight minutes of regulation time remaining, so it was perhaps no surprise that he seized the initiative in extra time with a stunning goal that had the Turf Moor faithful on their feet.

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