RACHEL – Galatasaray contracts deadly 4-0 defeat disease

Galatasaray contracts deadly 4-0 defeat diseaseGalatasaray further fueled suspicions that trouble is on the horizon after a poor performance was thoroughly punished with four goals by Istanbul BaIakIehir on Sunday.Coach Cesare Prandelli refused to meet with the press afterwards.

He went to try to figure out what went so wrong for his team The coach is beginning to collect negative reviews after also losing 0-4 to Borussia Dortmund earlier this week and generally doing badly in the UEFA Champions League.The loss to BaIakIehir left the Lions in fifth place with 12 points and helped the victors up to seventh place with 11.

Under Prandelli, the Galatasaray Lions are a second-half team, and it was apparent from the beginning that the first half would not treat them well. The Lions tried to pick it up after the break but were bogged down by the rain-drenched pitch and poor defending.

BaIakIehir had no such trouble. andldquoAs of today, we were a team that played its most compact game, made its most solid breakaways on offense last week we failed to capitalize on six opportunities, this week we used them all,andrdquo coach Abdullah AvcI said.

andldquoToday, we are still the team that has conceded the least in the Super League. We are one of the two undefeated teams.

This makes us very happy,andrdquo he added.Under fire in the rainGalatasaray fell into trouble early on, when Brazilian midfielder Felipe Melo — who defended Prandelli after the match, claiming the players were to blame — limped to the sideline.

He returned to action, but not before BaIakIehir used its numerical aantage to go one up in the 16th minute. Right back UIur Uar delivered the ball to Edin Visca The Bosnia and Herzegovina midfielder crossed to Brazilian Marcio Mossoro, who pounded it into the left corner as he rushed the net.

Prandelli would be forced to use a substitution to bring Melo off in the 31st minute, replacing him with Portuguese youth team star BrumaLong-time enemy of Galatasaray Semih Ienturk made it 2-0 just four minutes after the first. In his prime, Semih had been a prolific striker for Galatasarayandrsquos biggest rival, Fenerbahe, and though he has left for smaller pastures, he has proven he still has what it takes to embarrass the Lions when he picked up a deflected Doka Madureira shot.

Again cutting through a defense that was clearly suffering without regulars Aurelien Chedjou and Semih Kaya, Mossoro added to the Lionsandrsquo misery with another simple cross from Doka in the 69th minute. Less than 10 minutes later, Doka got one for himself with a minimalistic sprint into the box and shoot.

The comeback that wasnandrsquotIstanbul BaIakIehir had become the fourth Turkish club to score four goals on Sunday. Trabzonspor and Gaziantepspor drew with four points apiece, while Mersin Idman Yurdu hit the net four times to EskiIehirandrsquos two earlier in the day.

Wanting to join the goal fest, Galatasaray had a chain of chances after the 65th, when striker Burak YIlmaz was deflected in the box. The resultant corner was a bust, while seconds later a Wesley Sneijder shot slipped wide.

Midfielder Seluk Inan skidded a long shot across the end line. The Lions wasted 12 chances off-target, and five on target were rejected.

The Lionsandrsquo got another chance to redeem themselves in the 80th minute when BaIakIehir donated a corner to the cause. In an attempt to move the ball upfield, BaIakIehir defenders ricocheted the ball off each other and out of play.

Sneijder lobbed the ball into the box, but it ended up on top of the net.Burak slid the ball just centimeters wide left in the 90+1 minute — another chance to regain some dignity lost, chipping away at the little remaining credit of the Lions and their trainerElsewhere on Sunday, Mersin Idmanyurdu overcame EskiIehirspor 4-2, while Trabzonspor and Gaziantepspor played to a thrilling 4-4 draw.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman

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