Galatasaray Right through to Europa League After Astana Draw
Selcuk Inan’s equaliser able to escape Galatasaray’s blushes and guaranteed their place within the knockout stages from the Europa League carrying out a 1-1 draw with Astana in the Turk Telekom Arena.
With sides already eliminated in the Champions League, the Turkish Super Lig side grabbed the purpose they have to extend their European campaign in to the other half of year, only after receiving a significant scare.
Mustafa Denizli’s men looked set to lose out on third devote Group C when Patrick Twumasi fired Astana in-front soon after the hour because he remained unmarked in the far publish to influence home Dmitri Shomko’s deep mix.
The hosts responded within two minutes, however, as Selcuk volleyed into a clear internet. The skipper was involved with a neat one-two with Lukas Podolski, before pouncing to level after Burak Yilmaz’s effort was blocked by Nenad Eric.
Having seen Benfica and Atletico Madrid dominate and progress from Group C, it had been an upright fight for third.
Astana Body of just three sides heading in to the final round of matches yet to record a victory within this season’s group stages – went near to smashing the deadlock after fifteen minutes.
Twumasi received the ball around the right and cut inside onto his left feet, before seeing his drilled effort in the fringe of the penalty area crash from the publish.
The hosts then saw an excellent chance go pleading in the other finish as Sabri Sarioglu’s deep mix trapped the Astana defence, but Yasin Oztekin can just lift the ball within the crossbar.
Oztekin almost made amends, however, because the first half came to some close.
Galatasaray broke from protecting a large part and also the winger labored space for that shot, but Eric sprung across brilliantly to his to tip it wide from the publish.
Oztekin was involved again around the stroke of half-time having a neat flick for Burak to operate onto, however the striker struck the outdoors from the publish after sliding the ball beyond the Astana goalie.
The house crowd were left stunned after 62 minutes as Twumasi could ghost in in the far publish to stroke home an in-depth mix in to the area from Shomko.
However, Denizli’s side levelled quickly when Selcuk volleyed home the decisive equaliser following some neat link-up play lower the best.
Despite Sarioglu almost scoring a bizarre own goal with twenty minutes remaining, Galatasaray held onto secure their place within the last 32 from the Europa League.