Cork seals Europa League play-off spot


Last Updated: 16/08/18 10:44pm

Jack Cork celebrates after Burnley secured their Europa League play-off spot

Jack Cork celebrates after Burnley secured their Europa League play-off spot

Burnley will face Olympiakos for a place in the Europa League group stages after Jack Cork’s 97th-minute strike sealed an extra-time victory over Istanbul Basaksehir at Turf Moor.

After the first leg in Turkey ended goalless last week, Sean Dyche’s side fought hard to keep their hopes of a first European campaign since 1961 alive.

Ashley Barnes came close to breaking the deadlock in the first half of the third qualifying round tie, but Istanbul were the better side in the second period as Joe Hart denied substitute Emmanuel Adebayor.

With the game heading for penalties, Cork – who scored in the 3-1 win over Aberdeen in the previous round – took Jeff Hendrick’s lay-off to curl a fine effort into the top corner to seal a tight contest.

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