Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Off to the final
Turkish Cup semi-final
Galatasaray 1 - 1 Genclerbirligi (Gencler go though to the final 2-1)
Singalong now... "Were on our way to ..... " . Mmm. Unfortunately we don't actually know where we are going. We beat up Galatasaray and we are in the final but we have no idea where the final is going to be.
So let me start this post with a general broadside attack on the complete and utter idiots that run Turkish football. Actually I'm not going to make that attack, only because anyone with half a brain must realise that it would have been nice to have set a host for the final... perhaps say, 12 months ago. Bloody idiots.
So, I have no idea where we will be playing the final on May 7. All I know is that the opponent will probably be Kayserispor who go into their second leg against Rizespor 3-0 up. That match is Wednesday night.
So what happened tonight?
I'm not really all that sure.
Spine and myself were joined by some... well... people we know... the only one to be mentioned should be the white-shoed agrarian socialist/capitalist Collete, who actually thought I was from Melbourne. Evil girl.
Collette, whom none of us had met before, did not actually realise that we actually were at the Kapadokia to watch Genclerbirligi, and not to talk to her or her boyfriend. Still, I think we balanced our responsibilities in that department.
Onto the match... well I actually didn't see much of it. (Talking to Spine all the time).
I haven't seen any reports yet but I think it was all Galatasaray. Our keeper Recep made a few good saves and if anything I would say we were lucky to go into the break 0-0.
Words of wisdom from Bakkal and we were on. Chance after chance after chance was created... but none were taken.
Attack after attack after attack, and finally El Saka sent a ball in for Mr. Tuna Grape to sort-of bicycle kick into the goal.
Into injury time and former Gencler player Umit Karan scores. 1-1
That's it. We win on away goals and I am one happy boy.
I have no idea if the above very short match report is correct and I don't care. We are off to the final, and no matter where it is, I'm going.
Oh yes, I almost forgot the last bit of the comedy. Galatasaray get a penalty towards the end (surprise, surprise - Gencler were denied a penalty earlier on). Lincoln takes the shot and Recep saves.
PS: We shall be organising a trip to the final, wherever it may be. If you are not on our e-mail list then let me know in the comments section.
Photo nicked from Milliyet
By Oz Kanka - April 15, 2008