Roberto Mancini's Galatasaray finally managed to claim another trophy by lifting the Ziraat Turkey Cup. By their own standards Galatasaray will end the season disappointed after losing in the Champions League last-16 to Chelsea, and possibly finishing second in the Super Lig table behind fierce rivals Fenerbahce.
For Roberto Mancini this trophy meant another addition to his list from yet another country that he manages in. This cup is equivalent to the FA Cup in England and by winning this it made it his first trophy from his time in Turkey so far.
To reach the final Galatasaray played Bursaspor in the semi finals over two legs and after the first leg everything was to play for as it ended 2-2 at the Turk Telecom Arena. In the second leg the Lions looked to be going out of the cup after they were down 2-0 within 33 minutes, however just before the break Wesley Sneijder came to the rescue as he scored to half the deficit to make it 2-1.
After the break Galatasaray were rejuvenated and came out with the spirit they needed to get to the final with Selcuk Inan and Felipe Melo both converting their penalties to make it 3-2 to Galatasaray, and striker Burak Yilmaz also getting in on the act by scoring two goals of his own to make it 5-2 on the night and 7-4 on aggregate to send the Lions to the final after nine years of failing to get there.
Once in the final things were not made easier for the Lions because in a fierce and tough yet rather eventless match Galatasaray finally ran out 1-0 winners against Eskisehirspor thanks to a 70th minute goal scored by one of their star players Sneijder who once again managed to save his team from humiliation.
This is the 15th time Galatasaray have lifted this cup 'since the 1962-1963 football season'. After deservedly getting through to the final it has to be said that Galatasaray were put to the test, however they showed a great team spirit and came out of the final as deserved winners.
They also showed their rivals Fenerbahce that they will be back fighting even stronger for the League title along with all of the other trophies next season, but not before the two teams face off against each other for the Turkish Super Cup.
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