GALA EXTEND LEAD
March 5, 2012
Galatasaray managed to extend their lead at the top of the table in the Turkish league with three more points after winning against Besiktas in a tightly fought encounter. Galatasaray were coming into the match against Besiktas in a good run of form. They are currently top of the table a few points ahead of second placed Fenerbahce. However, their match against Besiktas was extremely difficult given that Besiktas are coming into the match as the third placed team in the league. However, two losses in the last five matches have meant that Galatasaray were extremely confident of getting a result against Besiktas.
The match, though, was extremely close, as Besiktas managed to fight off Galatasaray for most of the match. Galatasaray managed to extend their lead after the close 3-2 win over the third placed team. In the process, they inflicted yet another defeat to Besiktas, whose hopes of making it into the title run looks all but over. Former Bolton striker Johan Elmander opened the scoring for Galatasaray, but the league leaders soon found themselves level after İbrahim Toraman’s goal for Besiktas. However, a goal from former Juventus midfielder Felipe Melo helped put Galatasaray ahead in the match, but they were level in the match once again after Semih Kaya’s goal.
Just when it looked like things were going to finish even between the two clubs, Johan Elmander once again scored in the final few minutes of the match to secure a vital win for Galatasaray. This win means that their lead at the top of the table extends to a massive nine points, although Fenerbahce do have the opportunity to close to the gap when they play later. There are only six games left in the season, and Galatasaray are in a great position to lift the title.