Galatasaray pound Bursaspor to reach Turkish Cup final
Thursday, April 17, 2014
ANKARA - In the second leg of the Ziraat Turkish Cup semis away team Galatasaray smashed Bursaspor 5-2 in a second half comeback Wednesday that means they have reached their first Turkish Cup final in nine years.
Home team Bursaspor made a flying start with their towering Brazilian forward Fernandao's brace in the first half. However, in injury time in the first half Galatasaray's Dutch Wesley Sneijder found the back of the net, ending the first half 2-1.
In the early minutes of the second half Galatasaray were given a penalty for Bursaspor defender Ibrahim Ozturk's handball in the box. Galatasaray's Turkish central midfielder Selcuk Inan scored the equalizer from the white spot in the 50th minute.
Three minutes later, Turkish forward Burak Yilmaz scored after Bursaspor's French goalkeeper fumbled the ball in the penalty box.
In 68th minute it was Burak Yilmaz who scored to push Galatasaray further in front at 4-2.
Bursaspor appeared then became undisciplined and lost control of their game giving Galatasaray another penalty in the 71st minute of play as Bursaspor defender Ibrahim Ozturk carried the ball by hand in the box during a sliding tackle. Brazilian defensive midfielder Felipe Melo scored, bringing Galatasaray's lead to 5-2.
In the last minutes of the game Galatasaray's Turkish forward Burak Yilmaz was sent off after making a hard tackle against his opponent, which means he will miss his team's next match against Kasimpasa in the Matchday 30 of Spor Toto Super League Saturday.
The other semi-final match in the Ziraat Turkish Cup will be played between Medical Park Antalyaspor and Eskisehirspor Thursday in Antalya.
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