Sunday, 20 April 2014

Sivasspor 2 Galatasaray 1 : Cim Bom lose on the road yet again

In week twenty nine of the Süper Lig Galatasaray's poor away form continued as the Parçalı side lost 2-1 to Roberto Carlos' Sivasspor at the Sivas 4 Eylül Stadium.

This season's current top goal scorer Aatif Chahechouhe put the home side ahead in the seventh minute of the game, the French-born Moroccan midfielder came in from the left and played a one-two with John Utaka, Aaatif broke free into the Galatasaray box, Muslera came out and fumbled the ball which led Aatif to tap in from close range. He has scored twenty goals for the club and has made fifty appearances for the Sivas side.

Roberto Carlos' side made a habit of breaking into the final third, they had a chance to extend their lead just minutes after they had scored. Cicinho crossed in from the right, Telles cleared the ball with a diving header, however, the Brazilian's clearance went straight to Aydın who crossed the ball over to Adem; luckily for the Lions Adem's headed effort went over.

The Istanbul side sat back as the influx of Sivas attacks continued, Aydın went close for the home side, John Utaka played a lovely back heel pass to the former Elazığspor player who then made a run into the box and fired from close range, his effort was comfortably pushed away by Muslera.

Just before half time the Yellow-Reds pulled one back, Selçuk played a short corner ball to Yekta who then went on a darting run into the Sivas box and fired a venomous effort past keeper Korcan. The twenty eight year old midfielder got his second goal of the season, he previously scored against Tokatspor in the Ziraat Cup back in February.

In the second half the Sivas side went ahead once again, Aydın played a long ball through to John Utaka, Koray failed to close down the Nigerian striker who was then able run riot into the Lions' box dribble past Muslera and slot the ball in from close range. The former Pompey striker has now scored six goals this season for Sivasspor.

Lucas Ontivero was brought on for Emmanuel Eboué to give that extra added flair in midfield, one opportunity that stands out was when Yekta played a through ball to the Argentinian youngster who then drilled a low shot at Korcan, however, his effort was denied by the Sivas keeper.

The Istanbul side had a few more chances but their efforts didn't trouble Korcan, Koray went close from a headed effort near the end of the game, Koray once again denied Cim Bom and parried the ball away for a corner.

It was yet another frustrating game for Galatasaray who once again struggle away from home. The Lions face fellow Istanbul side Kasımpaşa at home; the team from the Beyoğlu district in Istanbul currently sit in fifth place. The last time both sides met at the Türk Telekom Arena was back in August 2012, on the day Cim Bom won 2-1 (Umut scored twice). Galatasaray will be looking to jump back into second place as city rivals Beşiktaş are ahead by one point (the Black Eagles are currently on 54 points).

GALATASARAY: Muslera, Eboué (Ontivero 74 mins), Semih, Koray, Telles,Veysel, Yekta, Hajrović (Emre 64 mins), Selçuk, Umut (Umut Gündoğan 81 mins), Burak.     

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