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Galatasaray win record 19th Turkish title

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Drogba has added to his medal tally at Galatasaray (©GettyImages)
Drogba has added to his medal tally at Galatasaray (©GettyImages).

Galatasaray have broken the Turkish Super League record by winning the championship for the 19th time.

The Istanbul giants wrapped up the title after an impressive 4-2 victory over Sivasspor, thanks to a brace apiece by Burak Yilmaz and Selcuk Inan's braces at the Turk Telekom Arena.

The Champions League quarter-finalists only needed to pick up a point due to cross-town rival and second-placed Fenerbahce's 2-0 defeat at Istanbul BB.

But Fatih Terim's side vowed to give their fantastic fans a clinical display which started early thanks to Inan's free-kick just eight minutes into the tie.

The former Trabzonspor midfielder added another luminous goal to his repertoire as a great individual run was followed up by a powerful volley which ended up in the back of the net.

However, the party was almost spoiled as the visitors netted two consolation goals. But this didn't stop the loud fans - perhaps the best in the world - from continuing to celebrate.

The Lions had equalled Fener's record of 18 league titles after dramatically winning the championship last season at their home ground - the Sukru Saracoglu stadium.

It was a first title for many of the players including high-profile winter signings Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder, who have definitely enjoyed their half of the season. A goal, however, for either of the two would have been perfectly fitting for the occasion.

The club's leading goalscorer, Burak Yilmaz, was ecstatic with the victory following his summer switch from Trabzonspor. He has scored 22 goals in the league - the most for the season, with an additional eight goals from their Champions League run.

It was his first league title despite playing for Fenerbahce and Besiktas earlier in his career. He said that he'd like to win more titles wearing the red and yellow jersey, perhaps hinting at staying at the Turk Telekom Arena for next season.

Eray Iscan, the club's 21-year-old goalkeeper, was given a chance to have an appearance for the club in order to earn a league winner's medal. He replaced Fernando Muslera in the 80th minute.

Galatasaray head to second-placed Fenerbahce next weekend - a match which threatens to become chaotic.

 

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