Video: Everton & Crystal Palace scout Besiktas striker Vincent Aboubakar who scored & got sent off in just 39 mins
Vincent Aboubakar went hero to villain within the course of 39 minutes during Besiktas’ dramatic 4-1 victory over Greek champions Olympiakos in the Europa League Last 16 second-leg clash at the Vodafone Arena, Istanbul last night.
Everton and Crystal Palace both sent scouts to monitor the striker according to the Daily Mail.
Aboubakar’s display would have given the scouts quite a lot to think about. A lethal striker capable of scoring and losing his rag in big games.
The Cameroon international got off to a brilliant start and scored the opening goal.
The Beşiktaş striker has been on 🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/jujwAzIq2t
— Turkish Football (@Turkish_Futbol1) March 16, 2017
Olympiakos were struggling to deal with the powerful striker and just when it looked like he would find a brace he ended up losing his head instead.
Aboubakar head butted his marker in an off the ball incident which was spotted by the linesman.
Aboubakar’ın kırmızı kart gördüğü o pozisyon! pic.twitter.com/5sR9HmbvDY
— Kartal_Analiz (@kartalanalizcom) March 16, 2017
Referee Michael Oliver was given no option but to show the 25-year-old a direct red card on 39 minutes.
Besiktas were leading 2-1 and dominating the game until Aboubakar’s moment of madness.
The red card flipped the game on its head. Besiktas were forced to hang on for dear life as Olympiakos launched wave after wave of attack.
Fortunately former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel was on hand to score the Black Eagles third, against the run of play.
Second half substitute Cenk Tosun put the game beyond doubt when he scored his sides fourth.
Aboubakar has been in sensational form since his Africa Cup of Nations winner for Cameroon.
The powerful striker has scored in his last three Europa League games and also netted three times in the Champions League group stage.
Besiktas ended up winning the tie 5-2 on aggregate with Aboubakar scoring in both legs against the Greek champions.
The Black Eagles find out who they play next in the Europa League today.