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Fenerbahçe draw hands Galatasaray the title

Published: Monday 25 May 2015, 23.27CET
Galatasaray AŞ have landed a 20th Turkish title after Fenerbahçe SK failed to record a win at İstanbul Başakşehir FK, ending the 2-2 draw with just seven men on Monday.
by Türker Tozar
from Istanbul
Fenerbahçe draw hands Galatasaray the title
Hamza Hamzaoğlu has guided Galatasaray to the Turkish title ©Getty Images
Published: Monday 25 May 2015, 23.27CET

Fenerbahçe draw hands Galatasaray the title

Galatasaray AŞ have landed a 20th Turkish title after Fenerbahçe SK failed to record a win at İstanbul Başakşehir FK, ending the 2-2 draw with just seven men on Monday.

Galatasaray AŞ were handed a 20th Turkish title after Fenerbahçe SK's 2-2 draw at İstanbul Başakşehir FK on Monday left the Cimbom uncatchable at the top of the table.

The 2-0 Istanbul derby success against Beşiktaş on Sunday had stretched the lead to six points, meaning Fenerbahçe had to win both their remaining games to keep hopes alive. However, they failed to find three points in an eventful affair.

The Yellow Canaries completed the game with just seven men after the dismissals of Mehmet Topuz, Caner Erkin, Bruno Alves and Pierre Webo after the 84th minute, while Başakşehir missed a 95th-minute penalty. The hosts took the lead through Mehmet Batdal's double but Fenerbahçe hit back through Diego and Webo. However, that result was not enough to keep the title race alive.

Galatasaray claim the title after an up-and-down campaign which saw Cesare Prandelli depart after a UEFA Champions League campaign which brought one draw and five losses from six group stage games. Third in the domestic table when Hamza Hamzaoğlu replaced Prandelli, the former left-back has become the first man to lift the title as player and coach with the club.

"We are a team which were founded to be successful in Europe. Hopefully, now we'll try to continue the achievements, going on from where others left off," said Hamzaoğlu after the title was sealed. "On the day I was offered the Galatasaray job my father had died. Each nice thing has a price to pay and happiness comes after pain. I hope my father is seeing these beautiful days. Let's all enjoy this thing."

The champions take on Bursaspor on 3 June in the Turkish Cup final.

Last updated: 25/05/15 23.50CET

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