Ivorian star Dider Drogba missed a penalty and Hamit Altintop hit twice the crossbar as Galatasaray lost 0-1 tonight in a home game against Gençlerbirli?i ahead of their crucial Champions League match against Schalke 04 for a quarterfinals spot on March 12.
The Lions’ coach, Fatih Terim, was not on the sidelines for the match due to a three-game ban for dissent during an earlier game against Orduspor. Terim will be forced to sit out one more game to fulfill the ban.
Despite Galatasaray’s domination of the ball, Genclerbirligi scored the only goal of the game in the 60th minute thanks to its Belgian striker, Bjorn Vleminicx.
With Drogba substituting for Altintop, Galatasaray renewed its zeal in finding a way to level the score. The turning point of the game came at the 83rd minute as the referee signaled for a penalty spot following a controversially-called foul on Drogba. However, the Ivorian, who took the penalty himself, missed the target, sending the ball wide of Kose’s goal.
Despite the loss Galatasaray remains leader in the Turkish Super League with 47 points.