Istanbul Basaksehir 0-0 Burnley: Sean Dyche's team does not score during the frustrating first leg

It was the game that nobody watched. And a good job too, really. Burnley came here to get a specific result and went with that exactly, although labeling this performance as something more than efficient would feel slightly euphemistic.

This very creditable draw against Istanbul Basaksehir, third in Turkey's top flight last season, was not televised at home. Burnley could not even organize a screening for the followers in Turf Moor. In addition to the 600 who traveled and others who fought incessantly on Internet transmissions, it is as if the third round of the first qualifying round had not taken place.

That, in its own way, looked a little like 51 years ago when they were last in Europe. Thursday night was as close to that as you could imagine in the modern era, those who want to know how to wait for information or search on Twitter.

Burnley goalkeeper Joe Hart sends the ball over his goal after another shot by Istanbul Basaksehir put him to the test on Thursday

Burnley goalkeeper Joe Hart sends the ball over his goal after another shot by Istanbul Basaksehir put him to the test on Thursday

Burnley goalkeeper Joe Hart sends the ball over his goal after another shot by Istanbul Basaksehir put him to the test on Thursday

Edin Visca of Istanbul Basaksehir tries to put himself in position to shoot on target but Charlie Taylor (left) and Ben Mee

Edin Visca of Istanbul Basaksehir tries to put himself in position to shoot on target but Charlie Taylor (left) and Ben Mee

Edin Visca of Istanbul Basaksehir tries to put himself in position to shoot on target but Charlie Taylor (left) and Ben Mee

Burnley's manager, Sean Dyche, seemed frustrated with his team's performance for much of the game.

Burnley's manager, Sean Dyche, seemed frustrated with his team's performance for much of the game.

Burnley's manager, Sean Dyche, seemed frustrated with his team's performance for much of the game.

PARTY FACTS

Istanbul Basaksehir (4-2-3-1): Gunok 6; Caicara 6.5, Da Costa 6.5, Epureanu 7, Clichy 7; Emre 7, Tekdemir 6.5; Visca 7, Kahveci 6 (Jojic 58, 6), Elia 5.5 (Frei 83); Bajic 5.5 (Napoleoni 89)

Subs not used: Babacan, Attamah, Ucar, Inler

Reserved: da Costa

Manager: Abdullah Avci 6

Burnley (4-4-1-1): Hart 7; Bardsley 6.5, Tarkowski 7.5, Mee 7, Taylor 6.5; Walters 6.5, Cork 7, Westwood 6, Gudmundsson 5 (Vokes 62, 6); Hendrick 6; Barnes 6.5 (Lennon 77)

Subs not used: Legzdins, Long, Gibson, Lowton, Ward

Reserved: Barnes, Hart, Lennon

Manager: Sean Dyche 6

Referee: Srdjan Jovanovic (SRB) 5

Well, that information is positive. Burnley are the favorites to progress, managing to see the night after more than a few scares and, with more players available for the second leg next week, they should be two games away from the Europa League group stage.

It was without shame. The fact that Joe Hart has been booked for a lost time and that James Tarkowski has seen a ball pass to the stand two seconds after the referee's whistle blows tells the story: they imagine him in East Lancashire.

The night may have been even more profitable if there were more runners willing to Sean Dyche. They just did not have enough legs around the only forward Ashley Barnes.

Burnley had trouble keeping the ball or hitting the right areas and poor Barnes only had eight touches throughout the first half.

He kept coming back with interest and Basaksehir, formed only in 2014 but with significant funding, had enough opportunities to advance in the recess.

The Clarets were indebted to a heroic blockade of James Tarkowski by frustrating Emre, who had previously found the Riad Bajic in the nearby post.

Joe Hart saved twice, first from right-back Junior Caicara and then Manuel Da Costa, since his debut was uneventful. That will make the world of good, even if Dyche rejects the idea that this change is huge for his career on the eve of the first stage. A solid start before Southampton on Sunday.

Burnley was happy to sit down, happy to stay in the tie, his only two chances before the break when Tarkowski could not pick up the Ben Mee movie, with the ball under his feet eight yards away, and Johann Berg Gudmundsson flew by the airs

Ashley Barnes de Burnley shows his frustration after receiving a yellow card in the second half for committing a foul

Ashley Barnes de Burnley shows his frustration after receiving a yellow card in the second half for committing a foul

Ashley Barnes de Burnley shows his frustration after receiving a yellow card in the second half for committing a foul

James Tarkowski was lucky to escape without any punishment after entering with a high foot in the second half

James Tarkowski was lucky to escape without any punishment after entering with a high foot in the second half

James Tarkowski was lucky to escape without any punishment after entering with a high foot in the second half

Jeff Hendrick tries to use his power and strength to go beyond Mahmut Tekdemir before leaving a teammate

Jeff Hendrick tries to use his power and strength to go beyond Mahmut Tekdemir before leaving a teammate

Jeff Hendrick tries to use his power and strength to go beyond Mahmut Tekdemir before leaving a teammate

Like Tarkowski, Jeff Hendrick could not bring a ball bouncing under his spell of another routine foul shot before substitute Milos Jojic blinked wide.

Dyche can look back and wonder if this was from Burnley to hold on. Not Emmanuel Adebayor for Basaksehir, not Arda Turan. Former Juventus winger Eljero Elia was quite calm.

But he will counteract it with the perfectly valid argument that the wounds softened his enthusiasm at rest. The new signing of £ 11 million, Matej Vydra, a complicated forward, would have impacted on this, but is not considered sufficiently fit. Chris Wood is in the hospital suffering from a horsefly bite. Wood will return next week and Burnley will have to show his teeth.

Burnley had reached the third qualifying round after defeating Aberdeen of the Scottish Premiership in the previous round

Burnley had reached the third qualifying round after defeating Aberdeen of the Scottish Premiership in the previous round

Burnley had reached the third qualifying round after defeating Aberdeen of the Scottish Premiership in the previous round

Hendrick, who remained busy, can not cross in time to intercept Manuel da Costa's pass from Istanbul Basaksehir

Hendrick, who remained busy, can not cross in time to intercept Manuel da Costa's pass from Istanbul Basaksehir

Hendrick, who remained busy, can not cross in time to intercept Manuel da Costa's pass from Istanbul Basaksehir

The followers of Burnley who had traveled to Istanbul were housed in one of the corners in the upper level of the stadium

The followers of Burnley who had traveled to Istanbul were housed in one of the corners in the upper level of the stadium

The followers of Burnley who had traveled to Istanbul were housed in one of the corners in the upper level of the stadium

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