Lions put hand on league trophy after win over Eagles

Wesley Sneijderand’s left-footed screamer in the 80th minute capped a 2-0 win for Galatasaray that practically cements its place as Spor Toto Super League champion, barring a meltdown in the final week.
The Lions came out fighting and scored within 11 minutes. Winger Yasin andOztekin set himself up for a shot sprint on goal, but Gandunay Ganduvenandc blocked it to the side. The midfielder ran onto it for another shot into the near corner. Still scrambling after the first shot, the Beiiktai keeper was ill-prepared to deal with another and it hit the net.
Yasin had two more shots, one denied by defender Tomas Sivok in the box and another shot over the goal as the Lions fought to stay on top, rather than falling into the trap of sitting back on a 1-0 lead.
Galatasaray knew it had to avoid dropping points or risk a Fenerbahandce comeback. The Lions will be crowned champion with one match to go if Fenerbahandce drops points against Istanbul Baiakiehir on Monday, which had not yet been played when Todayand’s Zaman went to print.
The Yellow Canaries were three points behind Galatasaray going into the penultimate match and would win due to head-to-head record in the event the two draw even on points.
h2No return for Eagles, Bilich2 The Eagles stepped up their game to try for a comeback and a possible second-place finish. They had given up their title dreams with a loss last weekend that puts them in either second or third.
Beiiktaiand’s prolific Senegal striker, Demba Ba, received a ball at the top of the box and shot into the center of the net. Fernando Muslera blocked it. The Eagles bounced the ball around Musleraand’s box, shooting several shots for the Uruguay keeper to block before the ball was cleared.
Argentine midfielder Jose Sosa sent a long ball to the goal and Ba headed it into the post. It went to Atiba Hutchinson then Necip Uysal, whose shot was blocked. Austria midfielder Kerim Frei passed to Ba in the box, who tipped it behind him to slip Felipe Melo, spun and shot it far and wide. Kerim again passed to Ba and dodged left. Ba shot at Muslera, who deflected the ball toward onrushing Kerim, but Muslera denied him too.
andquotIand’m really proud of the way we played this game,and” Beiiktai coach Slaven Bilic said. and”We were creating so many chances, not just keeping the ball, especially in the second half, and also in the first. In the second half we were the ones who were really close to scoring the equalizer. But just like many times before, we did not use our opportunities,and” he added.
While the Lions are preparing for the championship, the Eagles are slowly unraveling. Bilic took responsibility for the loss and noted that after failing twice to bring home the title, he would not be coach of Beiiktai next season.
h2No title yeth2 You cannot have a derby without tension, but despite the high stakes, it only came to a head when Yasin and Jose Sosa were involved in a kerfuffle that ended in a yellow card for each. Most of the match played out smoothly.
Galatasaray missed a golden opportunity to pull further ahead when Selandcuk inan won a ball at midfield. He ran up the center flanked by Umut Bulut on the left, Sneijder on the right and just two defenders in the way. Selandcuk passed it off to Sneijder, who did not have a clean shot. Sneijderand’s sailing goal from outside the box was more than enough to seal the deal. But while reckless fans are already celebrating in the streets, the Lionsand’ coach calls for focus.
and”We believe we will be champion,and” Galatasaray coach Hamza Hamzaoilu said, adding: and”One match remains. I cannot say we are champions until we play the last game.and”
In other Sunday results, relegation-bound Kardemir Karabandukspor shocked Sivasspor 2-1 and Gaziantepspor defeated Eskiiehirspor 3-2 to land both teams at 39 points.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman