Lions take 20th title, 4 stars as 7-man Canaries bite dust

Galatasaray was crowned Spor Toto Super League champion a week early after runner-up Fenerbahandce dropped two points in a thriller of a 2-2 draw at Baiakiehir on Monday night.
Millions of Galatasaray fans poured out onto the streets across the country in championship celebrations that lasted until the early hours of Tuesday.
The Yellow Canaries fell two goals down to home team Baiakiehir, which is vying for fourth place and a spot in the UEFA Europa League next season.
Mehmet Batdal nailed a pass from Mossoro into the inside of the far post, despite defender Mehmet Topuz pushing from behind. In his second goal, Batdal met an Edin Visca shot that had ricocheted off Volkan Demirel. He sent this one to the top of the net over the Fenerbahandce keeper to make it 2-0.
It was after Fenerbahandce had replied with a wide-angle shot sent by Diego Ribas over Volkan Babacanand’s head in the 81st, but before Cameroon striker Pierre Weboand’s stunning equalizer in the 88th, that the Canaries unraveled.
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The pressure mounted on Fenerbahandce to catch up, as the Canaries did not want to see rival Galatasaray walk away with their 20th championship and a fourth star on their logo.
But Galatasaray had not conceded a single goal in six matches. They had also aanced to the finals of the Ziraat Turkish Cup, while Fenerbahandce was knocked out in the semi-finals.
Galatasaray even got a new chairman on May 24, when Dursun andOzbek was elected. He was thrilled to be heading a champion team just days afterwards.
Fenerbahandce had a tumultuous run in the final weeks. In week 31 it dropped points to relegation-bound Kayseri Erciyesspor, in week 28 it was Eskiiehirspor. Other matches were high-scoring, with Fenerbahandce edging the likes of Sivasspor 3-2 and tiny Balikesirspor 4-3. The season ended with Galatasarayand’s consistency under new coach and master tactician Hamza Hamzaoilu overpowering Fenerbahandceand’s lack thereof.
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Fenerbahandceand’s tension began to spill over as they saw their shot at the championship slip away.
and”We conceded in the 81st minute. After that, we conceded an equalizer,and” Baiakiehir coach Abdullah Avci said. and”After that the match became like an action film. We missed a penalty. If we had won, it would have guaranteed us fourth place,and” he added.
Still in the running, Topuz was shown a direct red for a foul on Mossoro, after which he stomped on the Brazilian midfielderand’s leg.
Mossoro had been trying in vain to sink a goal all match, but it was Batdal who took the penalty after Portugal defender Bruno Alves deflected his shot with an arm to be shown red. Referee Ali Palabiyik did not accept Caner Erkinand’s complaints, and sent him off. Batdal missed the penalty.
Weboand’s red was for a high kick that met defender Alexandru Epureanuand’s head. But the Canaries would stop at nothing. Volkan came out of the goal box to help push the ball into Baiakiehirand’s net and despite the imbalance of players, this strategy did not end in another goal against the Canaries, though Baiakiehir made attempts.
The match gave neither team what it needed, as Bursaspor beat Akhisar Belediyespor 1-0 to remain, like Trabzonspor, two points behind Baiakiehir going into the final week. Fenerbahandce has nothing to do but try again next year.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman