Today was a day that Galatasaray fans and players alike were looking forward to for two reasons:
1. The team opened their UCL group account with a 6-1 home mauling at the feet of Real Madrid.
2. Bouncing back away from home against the only perfect team in the league thus far would be nothing short of perfect.
Well, they did just that.
Hugo Almeida headed the side ahead in the first half before Didier Drogba would hit a brace in the second 45′ to complete the Gala rally.
Now, Gala sits just three points below Besiktas in the standings of the Turkish Super League with nine points. This was not only an important win for the points but for morale boosting and bragging rights. The next time these two sides meet at Gala’s Ali Samiyen, the game should be even tenser than it was this time around.
The one extremely sour note from the game was the red card given to Felipe Melo for sliding straight through Ramon Motta and what happened afterwards…
Motta had slid to tackle the ball away from Sabri Sarioglu earlier and he had caught his foot. The referee did not award a penalty even though there was definite contact as the player had stayed down for a minute. This incident would not soon be forgotten…
Melo lost the ball then he slid the ball away from Motta but he did catch his foot as well. Motta stood up and immediately stepped right into Melo’s face, which propelled both teams to almost start a brawl. Regardless, Melo was ejected and the game was abandoned.
A red card does not normally cause a game to be ended but when the fans jump onto the field and endanger everyone, including themselves in the process, this is the only sensible option.
This will cause the home side to perhaps play more than a few homes games behind closed doors while Melo for Gala will be banned for at least three games.
All of these events turned a rather entertaining game into a sour one. There is no need to lose your head when you are winning in the final minutes. Revenge should not be on the winning side’s mind at all, plain and simple.