Galatasaray SK snatched the Turkish Superleague title from the grasp of fierce rivals Fenerbahçe SK on a dramatic final day of the season, after Christoph Daum's team failed to beat Denizlispor.
Holding the lead going into the final fixtures thanks to a superior head-to-head record against their Istanbul rivals, Fenerbahçe needed only to win to claim their third successive title. But after being frustrated for much of the game, Mustafa Keçeli gave the home side a shock lead in the final minute and although Tuncay Şanlı equalised during a lengthy period of added time, a winner proved elusive as Galatasaray’s celebrations began in earnest.
The game in Denizli finished 15 minutes later than the match in Galatasaray, meaning players and fans alike were forced to wait nervously to see if the 3-0 victory against Kayserispor had been enough. Sabri Sarıoğlu (2) and Sasa Ilić had scored the goals in that win, but the celebrations began in earnest when the Fenerbahçe result filtered through, leaving veteran forward Hakan Şükür elated, saying: "We worked so hard for this and I congratulate everyone at the club. I prayed so much and I'm very happy now."
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