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Fenerbahçe battle back for draw

Published: Thursday 20 October 2005, 0.20CET
Fenerbahçe SK 3-3 FC Schalke 04 Stephen Appiah scored a late equaliser as the Turkish team took a point from a pulsating encounter.
by Steve Bryant
from Sükrü Saraçoglu stadium

Match statistics

FenerbahçeSchalke

Goals scored3
 
3
Attempts on target7
 
7
Attempts off target4
 
6
Corners1
 
10
Offsides6
 
4
Fouls committed29
 
11
Yellow cards4
 
3
Red cards1
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

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Published: Thursday 20 October 2005, 0.20CET

Fenerbahçe battle back for draw

Fenerbahçe SK 3-3 FC Schalke 04 Stephen Appiah scored a late equaliser as the Turkish team took a point from a pulsating encounter.

Stephen Appiah scored a late equaliser as Fenerbahçe SK earned a thrilling 3-3 draw with FC Schalke 04 in Istanbul in a pulsating UEFA Champions League Group E encounter.

Dramatic finale
Schalke midfielder Lincoln scored twice around the hour mark to cancel out Fábio Luciano's early goal and set up a grandstand finish. Another Brazilian, Márcio Nobre, made it 2-2 on 73 minutes but within minutes the German side were back in front when second-half substitute Kevin Kuranyi capitalised on a glaring error from goalkeeper Volkan Demirel to slot in. That looked to have earned the points for the visitors but there was still time for Appiah to earn a share of the spoils with a superb lob on 79 minutes.

Attacking intent
Fenerbahçe came into the match on the back of a fine run, and kept faith with the offensive three-pronged attack which has been responsible for much of their success, with Alex playing just behind Nicolas Anelka and Nobre. Schalke coach Ralf Rangnick opted for more caution, however, with Turkish international Hamit Altıntop playing off the shoulder of Ebbe Sand, who replaced Kuranyi.

Early test
It was the Danish striker who worked the first opening of the night within the first 60 seconds, his glancing header testing Volkan. Heavy rain had made conditions awkward but it was Schalke who adapted best, and their pressure should have told on eleven minutes when a loose ball found its way to Søren Larsen but unmarked, he contrived to shoot wide.

Fábio goal
He was soon made to pay, as within three minutes Schalke were behind. Alex curled a long free-kick into the box to find compatriot Fábio, whose delicate glance gave Frank Rost no chance. The visitors responded immediately, putting the home team on the back foot with a succession of corners. Christian Poulsen forced a snap save from Volkan with a near-post header from one such set-piece in the 20th minute, before Rafinha jinked his way into the Fenerbahçe box only to fire wide.

Counterattacking threat
In their desperation to find an equaliser, the Bundesliga side were leaving gaps at the back for Fenerbahçe to exploit on the break. The artful Alex drove narrowly over in the 35th minute and then put Nobre through with only Rost to beat but the Schalke keeper managed to smother the ball. Rangnick brought Kuranyi on for Sand at the interval, but it was the hosts who had the first opportunity of the second period, Marco Aurélio hitting a powerful effort just wide.

Quick turnaround
The visitors were showing more composure in midfield and beginning to dominate before getting the equaliser they had threatened, when just before the hour Lincoln deftly trapped a loose ball in the box before unleashing a left-footed strike beyond Volkan. Within three minutes, Schalke were ahead as Larsen placed a neat pass into the path of the onrushing Lincoln who slotted low and hard to Volkan's left.

Grandstand finish
It proved another twist in an invigorating encounter, and there were to be more turns before the final whistle. Boosted by the arrival of Tuncay Şanlı on the left wing, the home team restored parity thanks to Nobre's looping header, but Kuranyi put Schalke ahead again three minutes later as Volkan missed his kick to leave the striker with an open goal. Appiah replied two minutes later, though, to salvage a point, although Fenerbahçe finished with ten men after Alex was dismissed for a second bookable offence three minutes from time.

Last updated: 19/10/05 23.23CET

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Lineups

fenerbahçe

Fenerbahçe

schalke

Schalke

1
Volkan DemirelVolkan Demirel (GK)
1
RostFrank Rost (GK)
2
FábioLuciano Fábio
Goal14
Yellow Card82
2
C. PoulsenChristian Poulsen
4
AppiahStephen Appiah
Goal79
3
KobiashviliLevan Kobiashvili
Yellow Card78
5
Ümit ÖzatÜmit Özat (C)
5
BordonMarcelo Bordon
11
Mert NobreMert Nobre
Goal73
6
Hamit AltıntopHamit Altıntop
15
Mehmet AurélioMehmet Aurélio
Yellow Card22
Substitution67
9
LarsenSøren Larsen
19
Önder TuracıÖnder Turacı
10
LincolnLincoln
Goal59
Goal62
20
AlexAlex
Yellow Card38
Red Card87
11
SandEbbe Sand (C)
Substitution46
21
Selçuk ŞahinSelçuk Şahin
16
RodríguezDarío Rodríguez
Yellow Card85
30
Serkan BalcıSerkan Balcı
18
RafinhaRafinha
Yellow Card80
39
AnelkaNicolas Anelka
20
KrstajićMladen Krstajić

Substitutes

34
Rüştü ReçberRüştü Reçber (GK)
13
HeimerothChristofer Heimeroth (GK)
3
Servet ÇetinServet Çetin
4
KläsenerThomas Kläsener
7
Mehmet YozgatlıMehmet Yozgatlı
8
ErnstFabian Ernst
10
Tuncay ŞanlıTuncay Şanlı
Substitution67
15
WałdochTomasz Wałdoch
17
Can AratCan Arat
19
VarelaGustavo Varela
27
Kemal AslanKemal Aslan
22
KuranyiKevin Kuranyi
Substitution46
Goal77
29
Olcan AdınOlcan Adın
25
BajramovićZlatan Bajramović

Coach

Christoph Daum (GER) Ralf Rangnick (GER)

Referee

Alain Hamer (LUX)

Assistant referees

Francis Crelo (LUX), Jean-Philippe Izzo (FRA)

Fourth official

Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)

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