In Barcelona on March 10, the first match of the 1/8 finals of the Europa League between Barcelona and Galatasaray took place.
The return match will take place on March 17 in Istanbul.
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|ter Stegen, Dest, Araujo (Piquet 46), Jordi Alba, Garcia, Pedri, de Jong, Gonzalez (Busquets 46), Depay (Aubameyang 61), Traore (de Jong 80), Torres (Dembele 46).||Peña, van Aanholt, Nelsson, Markan, Boei, Taylan Antalyaly, Berkan Kutlu, Feguli (Chikildau, 79), Kerem Akturkoglu (Baris Yilmaz, 90+2), Babel (Emre Kılınc, 69), Mostafa Mohamed (Gomis, 68).|
Warnings: Depay, 35′. Jordi Alba, 89′ – Berkan Kutlu, 31′. Tailan Antalyaly, 77′.
Referee: Bastien (France).
Although Barcelona dominated the match with the ball, there were still many shortcomings. The Spanish club didn’t have the best scheme. It can be seen that the head coach of Barcelona – Xavi underestimated the Turkish club a little.
There weren’t many chances in the first half. Depay had a good moment with a very good shot, but Galatasaray’s goalkeeper Iñaki Peña jumped over his own net to get the ball.
However, the best chance of the entire first half fell to Galatasaray. Mohammed Kerem Akturkoglu broke through on the left flank, passed two Barcelona defenders and spun the ball over the goal.
Barcelona player Traore had a good moment, who got free space in the guests’ penalty area, but a touch failed him and he was muffled by the defenders. A few moments later, Sergio Busquets landed a great header, but Peña was there.
Barcelona also created dangerous chances and put a lot of pressure on the opponent. De Jong had a good moment, he delivered a good shot, but the crossbar saved the guests. Galatasaray also managed to score a goal thanks to Bafetimbi Gomis, but the offside flag interrupted the delight of the Turks.
As a result, a fighting draw 0:0. In the second leg, everything will depend on the Turkish club aiming for their first major European triumph in 22 years.