Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Gencler was given a football lesson last night by a very average Galatasaray team which doesn’t bode well for Gencler’s run-in to the end of the league with only 3 matches left to save their season.
Gencler could manage only 1 shot on target in the whole match and that was easily saved by Muslera who could have been forgiven for dozing off at times during the match !!
In Marcao, Galatasaray had the Man of the Match, and he was outstanding in the heart of the defence sweeping up anything that came his way. The Gencler attack had no answer !!
GENCLERBIRLIGI 0 Galatasaray 2
Team – Nordfeldt, Johansson, Arda, Diego, Pehlivan, Piris, Soner, Yilmaz Lima, Candeias and Stancu
Substitutes – Sio, Polomat, Yildirim, Ilker and Berisbek
It was all Galatasaray in the 1st half with 75% possession but they couldn’t muster a serious shot on goal until just before half time when Halil shot form outside the box in the centre to inside the right post with the shot just out of Nordfeldt’s reach.
It took until the 50th minute for Gencler’s first goal attempt, but Sio headed wide from a corner.
2 minutes later and the inevitable 2nd goal arrived. A free kick was sent into the box and came off the head of a Gencler defender straight to Emre who angled a volley into the top left with Nordfeldt well beaten.
12 minutes later and Galatasaray made it 3, or so I thought. It was a well constructed ‘goal’ when Babel took the ball to the goal line on the left and sent in the classic cut-back for Emre to angle a half volley inside the right post. However, the referee hesitated and received a message in his earpiece and apparently VAR spotted a hand-ball by Babel before the cut-back was made.
Galatasaray continued to press forward searching for the 3rd goal, but Nordfeldt made 2 excellent saves from goal bound shots before the final whistle.
Apart from Nordfeldt, Gencler was posted absent last night and on another day, Galatasaray could have won by a wider margin !!
Gencler remain stuck in 2nd bottom place and will soon run out of options to save their season if they don’t take something from Saturday’s away match against mid-table Fatih Karagumruk. The last 2 matches are against strong opposition in the shape of Goztepe and Trabzon so the picture is not very bright.
Can Gencler stay on the tightrope without falling off ? As always, keep watching this space.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim