Round two of the Turkish derby fell in the favour of reigning champions Galatasaray and saw their boss Roberto Mancini seal his first win against Fenerbahce, hopefully with many more to come.
It seemed that the referee on the night Bulent Yildirim spent more time with his hands in his pockets and blowing the whistle then he did actually watching the game, he dished out a total of 14 yellow cards and two red cards, one for Fenerbahce's Emre Belezoglu and the other for Galatasaray's Felipe Melo.
Fenerbahce received nine yellow cards and Galatasaray received five but this only showed the passion that each and every player had for their respective teams on the night.
Of course for the fans it was another derby to join the long list of high capacity and expectations despite only finishing in a 1-0 win to the home side courtesy of a 9th minute strike by Wesley Sneijder.
The game was tense from start to finish and the home fans certaintly got behind their men from the start, the 12th man could well have been the advantage needed to help their team win the derby because despite the one goal, the game was overrun with constant tackles, shirt pulling, aggression and passionate play.
The derby will not be remembered in a positive way but one of negativity. Referee Yildirim completely ran out of ideas and did not know what to do during the game, the longer the game seemed to go on the more he failed to control it and the more he failed to control it the more tense it became, leading to a string of controversial decisions being made.
The Lions boss Roberto Mancini did praise his team after the game stating that: “This was a Galatasaray that played much better than its opponent. And we would have been more relaxed if we had scored a second goal, but it was not to be.”
However the win and three points were all that mattered.
Galatasaray now lie 10 points behind the leaders Fenerbahce and have set up a tense run to the end of the season for the top three teams, with only six weeks left of the campaign.
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