The Bianconeri’s upcoming Europa League opponents Trabzonspor stumbled to their sixth Super Lig defeat of the season in Sunday evening’s 2-1 away reverse against Galatasaray at the Turk Telekom Arena.
Burak Yilmaz, who played for the visitors between 2010 and 2012, came back to haunt his former employers with two second-half goals either side of Olcan Adin’s momentary equaliser.
A difficult afternoon took a turn for the worse when Gustavo Colman was given his marching orders on 77 minutes, allowing Roberto Mancini's side to play out the latter stages of the game with a numerical advantage.
The result leaves Mustafa Resit Akcay’s men on 24 points, five adrift of the Europa League qualification spots currently occupied by Besiktas and Galatasaray.
Their opportunity to bounce back comes in next week’s home game, the final encounter before the Turkish championship enjoys its winter break, against 13th placed Antalyaspor.