Lions league title hopes dented despite lucky late draw with BursaGalatasaray scored a late equalizer from the penalty spot to manage a home draw against Bursaspor on Sunday evening, a result that may hamper the team’s mission to bring home the Spor Toto Super League championship this season. Winger Volkan Ien was at the same time Bursa’s best weapon and worst enemy, scoring the Green Crocs’ first goal just before half time.
He slid his team’s equalizer past goalkeeper Fernando Muslera, who was in position but failed to move quickly enough to stop the ball from hitting the bottom right-hand corner of the net. Volkan also provided the assist for his team’s second goal.
At the end of the match Volkan put up his hands to deflect a dead ball Galatasaray had taken from outside the box, giving up a penalty that resulted in Galatasaray’s second goal, as well as being sent off after being shown a second yellow card. Emre olak sent the ball into the bottom right-hand corner as Bursa keeper Harun Tekin dived the wrong way.
Striker Umut Bulut had helped the Lions pull ahead of Bursaspor in the 19th minute after a flawless passing game worked the ball right in front of Tekin’s net. Missed chances It was lucky for Galatasaray that the Crocs had not scored before the 45th minute.
Ienol GuneI’s Bursaspor had come out with an aggressive attacking game. Despite eight shots on target and 14 off, Bursa only managed to sink two past Muslera “We are sad about the two points we lost, but if we look at the match, Bursaspor deserved to win more than we did,” Galatasaray coach Hamza HamzaoIlu said.
“It was a good game, a good match. We had to win in spite of everything.
But we are feeling something missing on the way.” Just eight minutes into the second half, Brazilian forward Fernandao got his head on a corner kick, delivered by Ien, and sent it smoothly past Muslera into the left side of the net, helping Bursa pull ahead.
Wesley Sneijder, again Galatasaray’s biggest source of inspiration, was unable to hit the net, despite four shots. When the Lions were down, the Dutchman blew their best chance to equalize by shooting over the net in the 65th minute.
Minutes later Bursa’s Argentine midfielder Fernando Belluschi missed a free kick from just outside the box. Sneijder was later foiled by Argentine defender Renato Civelli as he broke through the defense outside the penalty area No victory Sunday proved to be a better day for BeIiktaI, which defeated Mersin Idman Yurdu 2-1 in its quest to recover the leadership position it had lost to Fenerbahe before winter break.
The Black Eagles are just one point down now, while Galatasaray has fallen to three points behind the leader GuneI expressed his disappointment after the draw that saw Bursa fall from fourth place to fifth. “We could have passed more and had more possession.
Our opponent tried to pressure us at times but we handled it well,” the coach said. “In a match we had to win we dropped two points.
We were down a player after the penalty, but we were the better [side]. We did not manage to ensure that our upper hand in the game was reflected by the upper hand in the score.
” What Bursaspor did manage to do is hurt Galatasaray’s chances of winning the title. Unfortunately, that does not help the Crocs out in any practical way.
Earlier in the day, aykur Rizespor defeated Ankara’s GenlerbirliIi 2-0 in the capital, while Torku Konyaspor edged EskiIehirspor for a 1-0 win at home.
SOURCE: Today’s Zaman