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Villarreal let lead slip

Published: Thursday 26 February 2004, 23.14CET
Galatasaray SK 2-2 Villarreal CF The home side recover from two goals down to stay in the tie.

Match statistics

GalatasarayVillarreal

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target2
 
2
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards0
1

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 26 February 2004, 23.14CET

Villarreal let lead slip

Galatasaray SK 2-2 Villarreal CF The home side recover from two goals down to stay in the tie.

Sonny Anderson and Juan Riquelme scored vital away goals as Villarreal CF secured a 2-2 draw against Galatasaray SK at the Atatürk Olimpiyat stadium to put themselves in firm contention for a place in the UEFA Cup fourth round.

New coach
Under the charge of assistant coach Francisco García following Benito Floro's surprise resignation on Monday, the away team were without former AC Milan striker José Mari and suspended Brazilian defender Juliano Belletti. For the hosts, Hakan Sükür was injured and Hasan Sas started on the bench.

Inspired Riquelme
Villarreal made the perfect start, Anderson opening the scoring in the sixth minute when he pounced on a clever through-ball from Roger García and slid a right-foot shot into the bottom corner. Buoyed by the goal, and inspired by the busy movement of the excellent Riquelme, the Spanish team dominated the initial exchanges.

Poked shot
Not until Volkan Arslan began to impose himself in midfield did Galatasaray work their way into the game. His creativity and guile briefly established a foothold for the home team. But Riquelme ensured they were not in charge for long, running on to a clever through-ball from Anderson before stepping inside to poke a shot underneath Faryd Mondragón in the 22nd minute.

Erdogan goal
Galatasaray, however, refused to be demoralised and responded resolutely, increasing their work rate and retaining possession. Their efforts were rewarded when they halved the deficit in the 26th minute. Goalkeeper José Reina could only parry a venomous free-kick from César Prates and Murat Erdogan was on hand to scramble in the rebound. The remainder of the first half was evenly contested as Argentinian centre-back Fabricio Coloccini repeatedly cajoled his team-mates to maintain defensive discipline.

Free-kick leveller
Galatasaray began the second-half incisively and Prates blended power and placement to devastating effect to equalise in the 51st minute. His free-kick from distance following a foul on substitute João Batista curled over the wall and into the top corner, leaving Reina motionless.

Loose grip
Villarreal's grip on the match further slipped when Sergio Ballesteros was sent off in the 61st minute. Prates went desperately close to rifling in another fierce strike from the resultant free-kick and the hosts were now firmly in control, retaining the ball for uninterrupted periods despite failing to snatch the winner. But the visitors will be satisfied with their efforts in Turkey and are in a promising position for the return leg at El Madrigal on 3 March. 

Terim dissatisified
Galatasaray coach Fatih Terim claimed after the game that his team were unfortunate not to win, saying: "I believe my players can do better than that. The reality is that we drew but we could have scored more and were unlucky not to come out 5-2 on top. If we had converted a few more chances we could have gone further."

Last updated: 27/02/04 10.30CET

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Lineups

galatasaray

Galatasaray

villarreal

Villarreal

1
MondragónFaryd Mondragón (GK)
25
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
2
Ömer ErdoğanÖmer Erdoğan
3
ArruabarrenaRodolfo Arruabarrena
4
OrhanAk Orhan
5
ColocciniFabricio Coloccini
Yellow Card40
9
Ümit KaranÜmit Karan
Yellow Card40
6
JosicoJosico
20
VolkanArslan Volkan
Substitution46
8
RiquelmeJuan Riquelme
24
O.PetreOvidiu Petre
Substitution75
9
AndersonSonny Anderson
Goal6
Goal21
Substitution81
Substitution81
25
NecatiAteş Necati
10
VíctorFernández Víctor (C)
Substitution74
Substitution74
29
César PratesCésar Prates
Goal51
17
Javi VentaJavi Venta
33
Murat ErdoğanMurat Erdoğan
Goal26
Substitution46
18
BallesterosSergio Ballesteros
Red/Yellow Card63
55
Sabri SarıoğluSabri Sarıoğlu
Yellow Card36
20
Roger GarcíaRoger García
Substitution87
67
PenbeErgün Penbe (C)
21
BattagliaSebastián Battaglia

Substitutes

12
Aykut ErçetinAykut Erçetin (GK)
1
VallejoJavier Vallejo (GK)
8
João BatistaJoão Batista
Substitution46
4
MartíPedro Martí
Substitution74
Substitution74
11
Hasan ŞaşHasan Şaş
Substitution75
27
VerzaVerza
Substitution87
18
Ayhan AkmanAyhan Akman
Substitution46
Yellow Card80
37
TenaMiguel Tena
Substitution81
Substitution81
7
BerkantGöktan Berkant
11
GuayreAntonio Guayre
19
Cihan HaspolatlıCihan Haspolatlı
16
Q. ÁlvarezQuique Álvarez
23
Suat UstaSuat Usta
23
José MaríJosé Marí

Coach

Fatih Terim (TUR) Francisco García Gómez (ESP)

Referee

Stefano Farina (ITA)

Assistant referees

Vincenzo Mitro (ITA), Silvio Gemignani (ITA)

Fourth official

Nicola Giovanni Ayroldi (ITA)

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