Sunday, 13 January 2013

Dog invasion at the Mardan Sports Complex

Yesterday Galatasaray played their final warm up match, this time they played Bundesliga Second Division side VfR Aalen at Medical Park Antalyaspor's ground the Mardan Sports Complex and lost one nil.

The weather conditions made it at times quite frustrating for both teams to play in with the constant down pour of rain as well playing on a water logged pitch.

The Lions dominated in the early minutes with Burak Yılmaz going close, minutes later he was denied by one of the Aalen defenders who saved his goalkeeper who had come out to prevent Yılmaz from scoring. The likes of Emre Çolak and Elmander also had chances to put the Istanbul club ahead and to some extent the weather saved VfR Aalen on the day with the slippery conditions on the pitch.

About six or seven minutes into the second half two dogs ran onto the pitch (the only exciting thing to really happen in the game) and were carried off by the stewards. Minutes later the game resumed and the German side started to make chances. Italian striker Marco Calamita received a perfect through ball and made a darting run past the Galatasaray defense, substitute keeper Eray İşcan saving the former Kaiserslautern player's effort.

Aalen kept on attacking and finally beat Eray İşcan in the eighty six minute of the game, Brazilian striker Cidimar shot from about twenty or thirty yards out sending the ball sailing into the bottom right hand corner of the goal to give the visitors a late victory.

GALATASARAY: Muslera ( İşcan 46th min.), Sarıoğlu, Zan, Nounkeu (Hakan Balta 46th min.), Albert Riera (Birinci 72nd min.), Altıntop (Aydın Yılmaz 46th min.), Felipe Melo (Kurtuluş 46th min.), Selçuk İnan (Baytar 46th min.), Emre Çolak (Özçal 72 min.), Burak Yılmaz (Yıldırım 46th min.), Johan Elmander (Umut Bulut 46th min).

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