Saturday, 5 April 2014

Goalless in Konya: The Lions' away curse continues

In week twenty seven of the Turkish Süper Lig Galatasaray drew 0-0 against Konyaspor at the
Konya Atatürk Stadium.

Wesley Sneijder went close in the early minutes of the game from a freekick, his effort just went inches past the right hand side of the post.

Shortly afterwards the home side went on the attack, Hasan went on a one-on-one with Muslera, however the Uruguayan keeper heroically punched the ball to safety. The Yeşil Beyaz (The Green-Whites) had two more chances soon after, Angolan international Djalma came in from the right and found Ali who was in The Lions' box, the former Galatasaray player beat Hakan, however, Muslera came out and put the ball out for a corner. Their second attempt minutes later was denied by Semih, Marc Mbamba played a long ball up to Djalma, Semih reacted quickly and brushed off the Angolan striker.

Moments later Sneijder made a darting run passed the Konyaspor defenders, Burak's headed pass to his Dutch team mate caught the home side out as they had pressed into The Lions' half. Sneijder was able to run into the Konya box with ease, however his shot was parried away by keeper Charles Itandje.

Cim Bom had more chances in the second half and again went close to scoring. This time Berk İsmail going close, the nineteen year old year put his effort wide of the post. About a minute or so later, Galatasaray were once again on the attack, Sneijder found Burak on the right hand side, the Turkish international skied the ball over, it was yet again another example of how bad his finishing has been of late.

Burak went very close to redeeming himself soon after and struck a long range shot at Itandje, the ball hit the crossbar and bounced back. The ball was literally inches away from crossing the line, it was definitely his best effort in the game.

It was another frustrating draw for the Istanbul side, they slip into third place after city rivals Beşiktaş beat bottom side Kayserispor 2-1 at home. The mother of all derbies takes place tomorrow (17:00 GMT) Galatasaray face bitter rivals Fenerbahçe at the Türk Telekom Arena. This is one game they cannot afford to slip up, if the Yellow Canaries manage to win in the European side of the city tomorrow they will be even more closer to becoming this season's Süper Lig champions. One major plus for Galatasaray is that Melo will be back from his suspension, as we all know he plays a vital role in midfield. Statistically, the Yellow-Reds have a better win ratio at home compared with their away travels to the other side of the Bosphorus.

GALATASARAY: Muslera, Eboue, Semih, Hakan, Telles, Ceyhun (Hajrović 80 mins), Yekta, Selçuk, Sneijder, Umut (Berk İsmail 62 mins), Burak.

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