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Turkey round-up: Galatasaray maintain advantage

Published: Sunday 27 October 2002, 18.55CET
Galatasaray SK remained top of the first division with a 2-1 defeat of Altay GK in Izmir.

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Published: Sunday 27 October 2002, 18.55CET

Turkey round-up: Galatasaray maintain advantage

Galatasaray SK remained top of the first division with a 2-1 defeat of Altay GK in Izmir.

Galatasaray SK stayed top of the Turkish first division with a 2-1 away defeat of Altay GK in Izmir on Saturday.

Christian winner
Elvir Baljic met Fábio Pinto’s pass to hit the opener but Ümit Inal equalised for Altay on 17 minutes with a diving header before Brazilian Christian struck the winner in the second half.

Besiktas in touch
Besiktas JK remained a point behind the leaders despite comfortably despatching Malatyaspor 3-0 with goals from Ilhan Mansiz, Tayfur Havutçu and a Pascal Nouma penalty after the Frenchman was brought down in the box.

Maiden wins
Kocaelispor claimed their first three points of the season by beating MKE Ankaragücü 3-0, with two goals from Alexandar Yordanov and a further strike from Engin Öztonga in a match where Gökmen Baris was sent off late on for his second bookable offence. Diyarbakirspor managed the same feat against Göztepe thanks to substitute Murat Hacioglu's 70th minute winner.

Point clinched
Fenerbahçe SK salvaged a point away against Gençlerbirligi SK when Stecanela Washington converted a penalty to level following Souleymane Youla’s opener in a 1-1 draw while Gaziantepspor and Bursaspor produced an identical result.

Back on track
Trabzonspor returned to winning ways by defeating Istanbulspor AS 2-1 away, going ahead through Fatih Tekke’s header and increasing the lead when Erdinç Yavuz struck from close range. Fazli Ulusal pulled one back just before the break.

Denizlispor draw
Denizlispor, meanwhile, were held to a scoreless stalemate by Samsunspor ahead of next week's UEFA Cup encounter with Czech republic side AC Sparta Praha. Adanaspor AS and Elazigspor also fought out a goalless draw.

Last updated: 27/10/02 22.52CET

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