Galatasaray in the UEFA Champions League last 16, Dutchman Wesley Sneijder swept Juventus.
Roberto Mancini’s Galatasaray are through to the last 16 of the Champions League, following Wesley Sneijder’s goal five minutes from the end. They have managed to leapfrog their Italian foes, and the game which began on Tuesday evening can be concluded. Or can it?
I’m sure we won’t hear the end of this. Antonio Conte, the Juve manager, and his players surrounded referee Pedro Proença at the interval protesting at the poor state of the pitch. The weather – and the football – improved after the break, though, and it was the same for both sides.
Wesley Sneijder has scored! It’s a long ball up to Drogba and the Ivorian nods it to his right to the Dutchman who takes one touch to control it on the run and squeezes the ball inside the left-hand post. Brilliant drama! What a moment. That is his side through, it they can hold on here.
And Sneijder, the hero of the day for Galatasaray, goes off for Ceyhun Gülselam. Drogba, who has played well, wins a free-kick on the left. He takes the kick and takes it to the corner flag before weaving inside the Juve area. He cuts it back and had Burak Yılmaz not fallen over it would have surely been 2-0.
The ground staff tried in vain for 20 minutes to clear the pitch, only for officials to eventually give up hope of the game resuming and call it a day.
The players resumed play on Wednesday lunch time with a drop ball in the 31st minute of play. The pitch was heavily damaged by the extreme weather conditions but Galatasaray finish as runners up behind Real Madrid in the group thanks to their 1-0 victory over the visitors.