Lions come from behind to batter Balova, Fener also wins

Lions come from behind to batter Balova, Fener also winsTitle holder Galatasaray overcame an early shock to wallop fourth division side Balova YaIamspor 9-1 in Group G of the Ziraat Turkish Cup away at Ataturk StadiumThe new Galatasaray coach and his Lions may have thought the sky had fallen on their heads in the 10th minute when rising star Melik YeIin scored to put tiny host Balova YaIamspor 1-0 ahead. The 18-year-old towered over the Galatasaray defense to head home a cross by Kadir ArI, but that goal unfortunately turned out to do the team more harm than good.

After out-of-favor Macedonia forward Goran Pandev equalized for the Lions in the 27th minute, the visiting team produced a virtuoso performance poor Balova could not cope with. Germany-born midfielder Hamit AltIntop converted a penalty in the 31st to give Galatasaray a 2-1 lead, Pandev made it 3-1 in the 39th, left winger Olcan AdIn increased the lead to 4-1 in the 41st and Pandev scored his third in the 45th as the Lions took a 5-1 lead to their dressing roomAfter the break it was Galatasaray all the way.

Germany-born winger Sinan GumuI made it 6-1 in the 62nd, midfielder Yekta KurtuluI scored Galatasarayandrsquos seventh goal in the 80th, Olcan scored a brace two minutes later to make the score 8-1 and Yekta was on target again in the 90th minute to score and seal the deal: Balova YaIamspor 1, Galatasaray 9Fenerbahe, beaten 2-1 at home in the Group E opener, made no mistake on Tuesday and easily overcame Bayburt Grup zel Idare 3-1. Fenerbaheandrsquos goals came from Cameroon striker Pierre Webo in the second and 34th minutes and another by midfielder Mehmet Topuz in the 65th.

Bayburt Grup zel Idareandrsquos consolation goal was from a penalty converted by KazIm Ieker in the 45th.Other results: Kayserispor crushed AltInordu 3-0 in Group E GenlerbirliIi beat visiting fellow Super League side Torku Konyaspor 2-0 for its second win in as many matches in Group H and fourth division Tuzlaspor stunned flagging Super League side Sivasspor 3-1.

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SOURCE: Today’s Zaman