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More to come from Galatasaray, insists Terim

6 December 2012 08:47

Fatih Terim fired a warning to Galatasaray's Champions League rivals following Wednesday's 2-1 win over Braga.

The Super Lig holders were heading out of the competition after falling a goal behind, while Cluj held on for victory over Manchester United, but Aydin and Burak Yilmaz both scored to send the Turkish giants through to the last 16.

"I can't say much about our performance but I am happy with our desire to win and I congratulate the players," Terim said after the match.

"I'm very pleased that we completed the job on our own instead of waiting for help elsewhere.

"Earlier I said 'we haven't had our final word, there's more to come'. You see, Galatasaray still have plenty to say in Europe.

"It is a long road, but we'll try anyway. If we encounter a hitch, we'll try again. With the help of our fans, we can do this."

Terim thanked Galatasaray's fans for their continued support, and revealed his belief that the result had united the squad.

"I want to thank our fans," he said. "They watched us late into the night, sacrificing their sleep.

"With their prayers and positive energy, we created a thing of beauty. To be honest, we didn't play well in the first half.

"I think the players thought Manchester United might beat CFR Cluj. When you go 1-0 down and get the news that Cluj are 1-0 up, it's not easy to overcome that.

"Some games make a team a real team. Some matches unite our communities, even whole countries. Some just go downhill."


UEFA Champions League Group H wrap: Galatasaray squeeze through

5 December 2012 23:07

Galatasaray booked their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League with a 2-1 win at Braga on Wednesday.

The Turkish champions appeared to be heading out of the competition when Mossoro gave their Portuguese opponents a fully deserved lead at Estadio AXA shortly before the half-hour mark.

The situation worsened for Galatasaray when qualification rivals Cluj went a goal up on table-toppers Manchester United, but Burak Yilmaz and substitute Aydin Yilmaz scored second-half goals to see Fatih Terim's men through in dramatic fashion.

Braga went into the game with nothing to play for but they dominated from the off, with Mossoro firing over after being picked out in the area by Alan before Ismaily called Fernando Muslera into action for the first time with a low drive.

The hosts should have taken the lead 15 minutes in, after Mossoro had slipped Eder in on goal, but the forward took too long to get his shot away, allowing Felipe Melo to deflect the ball over the bar.

Just moments later, Galatasaray were indebted to Dany Nounkeu for an equally important block, with the ball having dropped invitingly for Paulo Vinicius.

Braga continued to press as the half wore on and Ismaily, Eder and Alan all tried their luck before Mossoro eventually broke the deadlock 32 minutes in.

The goal finally raised the visitors from their slumber and Selcuk Inan drew a fine finger-tip save from Quim with a 30-yard free kick from a central position but Braga still finished the half the stronger.

The visitors suddenly looked far more potent up front and they drew level just before the hour mark when Burak rose to nod in Emre Colak's inswinging cross from the left wing.

Ismaily very nearly put the hosts back in front with a venomous effort which flew just wide, but the momentum was now with the visitors and they nicked the victory which saw them progress to the last 16 when Aydin turned in a rebounded effort for the winner.

The result rendered Cluj's 1-0 win at Old Trafford redundant, with the Romanians finishing on 10 points in Group H alongside Galatasaray but forced into the Europa League by account of a weaker head-to-head record against the Turks.

With top spot in the group secured and the Manchester derby looming, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson made wholesale changes to his team for the clash against Paulo Sergio's side, and the result was a lacklustre display from the Premier League giants.

The Romanians comfortably held their own in a first half which saw chances for both sides but no goals.

Cluj came out from the interval in a determined mode and took the lead in the 56th minute through Luis Alberto.

The Brazilian powered his maiden goal in the competition from 25 yards out, but his heroics were not enough to secure qualification into the knockout rounds.


UEFA Champions League Group H preview: Tight tussle for second

4 December 2012 10:08

Galatasaray must better or at least match CFR Cluj's result on Wednesday if they are to advance from Group H.

Manchester United are already through to the round of 16 as winners of the group but the runner-up position is yet to be decided.

Galatasaray and Cluj are locked on seven points each heading into matchday six but the Turkish side are in the box seat to progress.

Fatih Terim's troops boast a superior head-to-head record to Cluj, meaning they will advance to the knockout phase as long as they mach Cluj's performance in the final round of group fixtures.

Galatasaray, who edged United last time out, face bottom side Braga on the back of a three-game unbeaten run.

After losing their opening two games against United and Braga, the 1988/89 Champions League finalists have picked up seven points from a possible nine.

Turkish international Burak Yilmaz has been instrumental in that run, scoring five goals to sit top of the charts alongside Alan (Braga), Lionel Messi (Barcelona) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid).

Galatasaray have enjoyed some good results away from home in Europe, losing just two of their last 11 road trips, while Braga have lost three home games in succession.

United are already assured a place in the last 16 as winners of Group H but could still have a say as to who joins them in the next round.

The three-time winners of the tournament host a determined Cluj side aiming to better Galatasaray's result.

If Wednesday's results do not go their way, the Romanian outfit are guaranteed a place in the Europa League.

Sir Alex Ferguson is expected to rest a number of key players including Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney with a blockbuster Manchester Derby looming at the weekend.

However, United will want to maintain their impressive home record in the Champions League which has seem them lose just one of their last 37 games.

Primeira Liga table

# Team MP D P
2 27 +55 68
3 27 +36 65
4 27 +38 61
5 27 -2 40
6 27 -11 39

Süper Lig table

# Team MP D P
1 26 +33 54
2 26 +20 53
3 26 +24 50
4 26 +19 48
5 26 +8 42
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