Galatasaray with the Spanish Domènec Torrent

Domènec Torrent’s new Galatasaray debuted… with defeat

Galatasaray, without Fatih Terim and with Guardiola’s former assistant, suffered from old problems and was thrashed in the league.

Domènec Torrent did not get off with a good start in his new stage at the helm of Galatasaray, without the iconic – and controversial – Fatih Terim on the bench. The Catalan coach, once Pep Guardiola‘s assistant, stumbled in his debut playing away from home with Atakaş Hatayspor, who step by step finally took control of the game, until it managed to turn the score around in the second half and defeat the Galatasaray.

The last game of the 21st round of the Turkish Super League, played at the New Stadium of Hatay (southern Turkey), also experienced emotional moments when the players and the public paid tribute to Ahmet Çalık, a Konyaspor international and former Galatasaray player, who died the last week at just 27 years old in a fatal accident, that shocked the entire football world.

The match got off to a good start for the Istanbul’s team, who opened the scoring with a goal from Emre Kılınç after 23 minutes of play, after receiving a pass into the box from Patrick van Aanholt. Just 3 minutes later, Van Aanholt himself had the chance to make it 0-2 after the referee awarded a penalty for a hand from Dylan Saint-Louis in the area, but the Dutchman squandered the opportunity thanks to a good intervention from Abdullah Yiğiter.

Hatayspor then increased the pressure on the Lions‘ goal, with several dangerous internments in their area in which local players and fans even claimed a penalty, without the referee signaling anything; again the referee allowed the play to continue after Mame Biram Diouf was knocked down in the area, but on this occasion the VAR did decree a penalty, which Diouf himself was responsible for transforming with a powerful right hand. It was minute 43.

But there was still a long way to go, and in the 8th minute of added time in the first half, Kerem Aktürkoğlu scored a spectacular goal with a direct kick from a free kick on the edge of the area, which left the score 1-2 on the way to the changing rooms.

Hatayspor turned the score around in the second half

Despite having the score against, Hatayspor maintained the pressure during the second half on the rival goal: as a result of it, the equalizer for the locals would come in the 63rd minute, thanks to the Liberian Mohammed Kamara after finishing the ball under the sticks; minutes earlier, Kamara himself had scored another goal that had been disallowed for offside.

Galatasaray had several chances to score, but a combination of bad luck and lack of grit meant that the scoreboard would no longer move on its side. It did, however, on the Hatayspor side, when in the 79th minute a play began in the opposite field by Mahmoud Karaba, who launched himself down the left wing after the referee allowed a foul – claimed by Sacha Boey for the Galata – to continue.

The Galatasaray defence was still trotting to protect its area, when the play culminated in a pass to the opposite wing that Saba Lobzhanidze picked up: he alone advanced towards the rival area and scored a great goal from the penalty spot, while the Galatasaray players looked at each other still wondering what had happened.

Torrent’s men still had time to come back, but only 3 minutes later the referee showed Taylan Antalyalı a direct red card, after he gave a header that knocked down Rúben Tiago Rodrigues Ribeiro, annoyed because the referee had not signaled a alleged foul on him by the Portuguese. This, however, also ended with a yellow card

Galatasaray, with one less player, could do nothing

Taylan’s “foolishness” came at the worst time for the Istanbul team, which, with the score against, was left with one less on the pitch. Already in the added time, the Georgian Lobzhanidze appeared again in a spectacular run from the midfield, picking up a pass from Diouf, and practically alone stood up to the Galatasaray goalkeeper, İsmail Çipe, who didn’t even know what to do. Final result: 4-2.

A resounding defeat is certainly not the best start for Domènec Torrent’s Galatasaray, who showed during the match the same problems that already afflicted the team under Fatih Terim. The result sinks Galata – who has only won 1 of the last 10 league games – to 13th place with just 27 points, 23 off the top of the standings. For its part, Atakaş Hatayspor climbs three places, and is already 3rd with 35 points.

Results of the 21st round of the Super League

BEŞİKTAŞ A.Ş. 1 – 0 GAZİANTEP FUTBOL KULÜBÜ A.Ş.

ÖZNUR KABLO YENİ MALATYASPOR 1 – 2 GÖZTEPE A.Ş.

ADANA DEMİRSPOR A.Ş. 1 – 1 YUKATEL KAYSERİSPOR

DEMİR GRUP SİVASSPOR 1 – 1 TRABZONSPOR A.Ş.

VAVACARS FATİH KARAGÜMRÜK 2 – 0 ÇAYKUR RİZESPOR A.Ş.

MEDİPOL BAŞAKŞEHİR FK – İTTİFAK HOLDİNG KONYASPOR

FRAPORT TAV ANTALYASPOR 1 – 1 FENERBAHÇE A.Ş.

ALTAY 0 – 2 AYTEMİZ ALANYASPOR

GZT GİRESUNSPOR 0 – 2 KASIMPAŞA A.Ş.

ATAKAŞ HATAYSPOR 4 – 2 GALATASARAY A.Ş.

Turkish league: standings

GPWDLGFGAGDPTS
1.TRABZONSPOR A.Ş.21155138152350
2.İTTİFAK HOLDİNG KONYASPOR20116332161639
3.ATAKAŞ HATAYSPOR2111283228435
4.MEDİPOL BAŞAKŞEHİR FK20104630201034
5.ADANA DEMİRSPOR A.Ş.219753024634
6.FENERBAHÇE A.Ş.219663326733
7.BEŞİKTAŞ A.Ş.219573330332
8.AYTEMİZ ALANYASPOR219573232032
9.GAZİANTEP FUTBOL KULÜBÜ A.Ş.219482728-131
10.DEMİR GRUP SİVASSPOR217952821730
11.VAVACARS FATİH KARAGÜMRÜK218672930-130
12.YUKATEL KAYSERİSPOR217772929028
13.GALATASARAY A.Ş.217682628-227
14.GZT GİRESUNSPOR2174102021-125
15.FRAPORT TAV ANTALYASPOR2165102232-1023
16.GÖZTEPE A.Ş.2156102429-521
17.KASIMPAŞA A.Ş.2156102429-521
18.ALTAY2153132335-1218
19.ÇAYKUR RİZESPOR A.Ş.2153131938-1918
20.ÖZNUR KABLO YENİ MALATYASPOR2143141737-2015