Juventus 2-2 Galatasaray

Galatasaray made the surprise of the night in the Champions League with 2-2 draw against Juventus in Mancini's first match as the coach of the Istanbul side.

Juventus 2-2 Galatasaray
World Bulletin / News Desk

Roberto Mancini marked his first game as Galatasaray manager with a 2-2 draw on Wednesday with Juventus in a Group B game in the Champions League.

After a bitter 6-1 defeat at home at the hands of Real Madrid, the Turkish champions staged in one of the most critical games of their adventure in the Champions League this year. 

A loss would make Juventus at 4 points, while Galatasaray anchored at the bottom of the group with 0 point. To avoid that, Galatasaray's new coach preferred a rather defensive line-up by controlling the game with crowded midfielders against Juventus' talented players.

The Lions succeeded to hold the game balanced with short passes in midfield and long balls through Didier Drogba. In such a position Ivorian star silenced the Juventus Stadium as he capitalised on a defensive error to score the first goal of the Roberto Mancini era. 

Leonardo Bonucci was unable to deal with a routine long ball and under-hit his back pass forcing Gianluigi Buffon out of his area, allowing the former Chelsea forward Drogba to flick the ball past the on-rushing keeper and roll the ball into the net to score his 41th in 81 Champions League appearances.

Juventus pushed more on Galatasaray to equalize the game to find the goal in the second half. In 77th minute, Quagliarella was fouled in the penalty area by Galatasaray's Amrabat and Vidal scored, firing into the top left-hand corner.

It was Quagliarella's impact to the game by having won the penalty for the first goal, then headed home Andrea Pirlo's cross from six metres out into the net in 86th minute.

Just as Juventus players and the coach Antonio Conte were cheering, Galatasaray levelled the score almost immediately. Didier Drogba assisted heading down a long ball into the path of substitute Umut Bulut who scuffed his shot but got just enough power behind the ball and it bobbled over Buffon.

The dramatic game closed with a 2-2 draw. The Lions was delighted to take a point back to Istanbul, especially having been 2-1 behind with only two minutes remaining. 

It was a game in which the substitutes played a big part with Fabio Quagliarella, who had also gifted one point to Juve against Copenhagen in previous fixture, and Umut Bulut both scoring late on.

Last Mod: 03 Ekim 2013, 09:19
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