Sunday, 27 April 2014

The Lions once again slaughter the Green Crocodiles

Last week Galatasaray faced Bursaspor in the Ziraat Cup Semi Final at the Bursa Atatürk Stadium. A lot of Galatasaray supporters cancelled their trip to Bursa because Bursaspor were charging 800 TL (£223) for a ticket. The Istanbul club has stated that it will the pay the three supporters who made the journey to the Marmara region of the country.

The three travelling fans saw a great turn around from the Parçalı side who were 2-1 down at half-time and managed to win the game 5-2 and book their place in the Ziraat Cup final.

The home side went in front in the twenty eighth minute, Brazilian striker Fernandão headed in from close range to give the Green Crocodiles the lead.

Five minutes later Fernandão got his second, Şener came racing in from the right hand side and crossed the ball to his Brazilian team mate who spectacularly acrobatically side volleyed the ball past Fernando Muslera.

Wesley Sneijder pulled one back for the Istanbul side just before half time, Sabri played a quick pass to Burak who then found Sneijder who had positioned himself well to slot the ball passed Bursa keeper Sébastien Frey.

The Lions completely turned things around in the second half, this kind of reminded me of when Fatih Terim was in charge, as there were quite a few games where the Yellow-Reds would be trailing at half-time and then would give it their all in the second half and grab a result. 

Galatasaray equalised in the early minutes of the second half, İbrahim shielded the ball from an incoming shot and the ball made contact with his elbow and referee İlker Meral awarded the away side a penalty. Selçuk stepped up and struck the ball into the keeper's right hand side of the goal.

The Turkish champions went ahead just three minutes later, Veysel's effort was parried away by Sébastien Frey, Burak latched onto the ball and slotted in from close range. 

Burak got his second goal (and also second Ziraat Cup goal) fifteen minutes later. Sabri who was actually having quite a good game, came in from the left played a through ball to Burak, the twenty eight old year Turkish international once again tapped the ball past Sébastien Frey.

Felipe Melo converted from the spot in the seventy first minute to make it 5-2 to Galatasaray and send the Istanbul side into the Ziraat Cup final. The Lions will face Eskişehirspor in Konya on Wednesday the 7th of May (18:00 GMT). The Es-Es beat Antalyaspor 3-1 in their Semi-Final cup clash, Lamine Diarra put Antalyaspor in front just before half time, however early into the second half Scorpions' defender Emre Güngör gifted Eskişehirspor an equaliser. Former West Brom player Diomansy Kamara and former Galatasaray player Necati also scored for the Anatolian side. 

GALATASARAY: Muslera, Sabri, Semih, Hakan Balta, Telles, Veysel, Melo (Ceyhun 76 mins), Yekta (Koray 86 mins), Selçuk (Umut 71 mins),Sneijder, Burak.      


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