Regardless of dominating the Süper Lig, Galatasaray on Wednesday bid farewell to the Ziraat Turkish Cup within the quarterfinals after a 3-2 defeat to Istanbul Başakşehir.
The match was performed in a single-elimination format, and the Lions fell behind early, with Patryk Szysz scoring within the twelfth minute.
Though Kaan Ayhan equalized for Galatasaray within the twentieth minute, Danijel Aleksic put Istanbul Başakşehir again in entrance within the thirtieth minute, and at halftime, Galatasaray trailed 2-1.
Galatasaray’s nail-biting comeback with Icardi’s 51st-minute strike was short-lived as Szysz struck once more for Istanbul Başakşehir with a killer purpose within the 66th minute, sealing their victory.
Regardless of leaving no stone unturned of their makes an attempt to stage the rating, Galatasaray’s efforts went in useless, resulting in their unlucky exit from the competitors.
Istanbul Başakşehir secured their place within the semifinals, whereas Galatasaray’s Ziraat Turkish Cup desires have been crushed for the fourth consecutive season.
The crew had their second of glory in 2018-2019 once they lifted the Cup, however sadly, they’ve didn’t advance past the quarterfinals prior to now three seasons.
Galatasaray’s hopes for a Turkish Cup victory could also be dashed, however they’ve their sights set on a much bigger prize, the Süper Lig championship.
Nevertheless, regardless of a formidable 15-game unbeaten streak in all competitions this season, the Lions suffered a devastating loss at residence – solely their second defeat in 13 league and 4 cup matches.
The primary got here within the second week of the league towards Giresunspor, however Galatasaray shortly rallied, successful 14 video games and drawing as soon as in 15 matches throughout each competitions.
Within the quarterfinal match towards Başakşehir, Galatasaray conceded three objectives at residence for the primary time this season, ending their run of conceding not more than two objectives in any match.
Mauro Icardi’s strike was the Argentine striker’s tenth purpose in official matches this season, as he had beforehand scored 9 instances.
The conflict was not brief on drama, with VAR stealing the present.
Galatasaray’s Kerem Aktürkoğlu noticed his fifth-minute purpose disallowed for offside after a VAR intervention. On the identical time, within the fortieth minute, Dries Mertens thought he had scored for Galatasaray, just for VAR to rule it out as a result of a handball.
The controversial calls left Galatasaray followers fuming as their crew suffered a heartbreaking defeat within the Turkish Cup.
Galatasaray followers did not maintain again on the finish of the match, displaying their unwavering assist for his or her crew and their disappointment with Lale Orta, President of the Turkish Soccer Federation (TFF) Central Referee Board.
After Dries Mertens’ purpose was disallowed, the passionate supporters referred to as for Orta’s resignation, making their voices heard loud and clear.