Galatasaray began the domestic season promisingly with a 2-1 win against Gaziantepspor. Wesley Sneijder opened their scoring for the season after a wonderful free-flowing move and Burak Yilmaz put the hosts two ahead when he rifled a penalty into the roof of the net. Muhammet Demir’s solitary reply was not enough and Fatih Terim’s side sealed three points in their first game.
But from there things took a turn for the worse, starting with a 1-1 away draw at Burzaspor that was followed up by a disappointing 0-0 at Eskisehirspor.
A home victory still eluded them when they returned to the Turk Telecom Arena, being held to 1-1 by Antalyaspor and needing a Didier Drogba goal to overcome a deficit. The visitors had only obtained one point from their previous three games and will surely have left happy to have stolen a share of the spoils off last season’s champions.
In their first match of the Champions League campaign, Faith Terim’s men suffered a 6-1 drubbing at home. It was far from a good start, but it wasn’t completely demoralising: the Turks outplayed Los Merengues in the first half, enjoying greater possession and territory, and it wasn’t until Isco’s breakthrough goal that the floodgates opened.
But then they really did open. Karim Benzema scored another before a double from Cristiano Ronaldo and a fifth from the Frenchman. Galatasaray did get one back through Umut Bulut but Ronaldo put the finishing touches on the win with a goal that sealed his hat-trick.
The Turks’ next game – the Istanbul derby with Besiktas – was abandoned towards the end due to a pitch invasion sparked by the sending off of ex-Juve midfielder Felipe Melo, and in their most recent encounter against Rizespor they drew once again.
Midfielder Engin Baytar put Galatasaray in front with a curling long-range finish, but their opponents got one back and Faith Terim’s men were unable to find a winner that would have given them some momentum going into tomorrow’s game with Juventus.