Jermaine Jones in action for Besiktas
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American Exports: Jermaine Jones sets up goal as Besiktas edge into Champions League place

AMSTERDAM – Jermaine Jones and Besiktas were denied victory at the death on Friday night, but still managed to tentatively take hold of Turkey's lone Champions League group-phase ticket with a 1-1 draw at Konyaspor.

The US midfielder went the distance, and nearly opened the scoring when his header from a corner kick buzzed the frame shortly after the half-hour mark. Jones then played a part in the 69th-minute Besiktas icebreaker, slipping Olcay Sahan in to the area to set up Oguzhan Özyakup.

However, Theo Gekas hit back in stoppage time, to keep the Black Eagles winless in four away from home. The visitors did move a point past Saturday combatants Galatasaray for second place, albeit with an inferior goal differential.

Turning to Germany's 2.Bundesliga, Alfredo Morales fired home his first Ingolstadt goal, but it was not enough in a 2-1 home defeat against Paderborn.

The defensive midfielder stepped into a weak clearance to lash home from the top of the area in just the fifth minute to snap the home side's 196-minute goal drought. Morales eventually departed near the hour mark, leaving him to watch as Paderborn inflicted 13th-place Ingolstadt's first loss in five with a winner nine minutes from time.

Finally, in Belgium's championship hexagonal, Sacha Kljestan went unused as Anderlecht conditionally grabbed second place with a 2-1 victory at Lokeren. The three-peat seekers recorded their first away win in seven to close to within two points of table-topping Sunday players Standard Liège.

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