• Champions League
  • 20 November 2012, 7:45pm
  • Türk Telekom Arena
GalatasarayGalatasarayvMan UtdMan Utd
  • Burak Yilmaz, 53

live commentary


90 mins:Galatasaray continue to run the clock down as Umut Bulut enters the fray as a late substitute for goalscorer Yilmaz.

90 mins:Half a chance for Hernandez. The ball drops to him on the edge of the box but his shot takes a deflection and falls kindly for the keeper.

89 mins:Macheda holds off two players inside the box and plays a neat pass through to Hernandez who is just beaten to the loose ball by Eboue. Better from United but it may well be too late.

87 mins:Young tries to create something on the left. He knocks the ball through a defender's legs into the box but goes down far too easily. The referee tells him to get back on his feet.

85 mins:Joshua King makes his Champions League debut as a late replacement for Welbeck.

83 mins:Time is running out for United now. Their 100% record in the Champions League is under serious threat and at the moment they don't look like finding a way back.

81 mins:Amrabat comes off for Emre Colak.

80 mins:United could easily be two goals down now and they are being taunted with boos from the home crowd every time they are in possession.

78 mins:Altintop hits the bar! The Turkey midfielder lets fly from way out and his effort rises and rises before crashing back off the woodwork. What an effort!

77 mins:Yilmaz is booked for diving after going down far too easily from Jones's challenge inside the box.

75 mins:Inan, who is back on after that earlier injury, swings in a free-kick for Yilmaz who sends a weak header wide.

74 mins:Federico Macheda comes on for Powell.

74 mins:Anderson makes way for Ashley Young.

73 mins:Hernandez knocks a header down for Welbeck who is just beaten to the ball by Muslera. He catches the keeper slightly and he rolls around in pain although there seemed to be minimal contact.

72 mins:Every Galatasaray supporter is bouncing up and down inside the stadium. What a sight that is for the young United players!

70 mins:Break in play as Galatasaray captain Inan goes down after a 50/50 with Cleverley. The stretcher is called but it looks like he will be able to continue for the home side.

68 mins:Ashley Young has been sent out to warm up for Manchester United. It may not be long until Alex Ferguson changes things around.

66 mins:Eboue reaches the byline and his cross rolls agonisingly through the goalmouth. There are no Galatasaray players attacking it and in the end Rafael clears the danger.

65 mins:Amrabat moves down the left and sets up Inan who gets a shot away from 25-yards but Carrick throws himself in the way of it.

63 mins:Change for Galatasaray. Elmander makes way for Engin Baytar.

62 mins:Disappointing for United as they win three corners in quick succession but all of Anderson's deliveries are cleared by Melo at the near post.

60 mins:Galatasaray cause more problems as Eboue surges forward down the right and clips a cross towards the far post. Lindegaard watches it and in the end has to scramble the ball behind for a corner.

58 mins:Manchester United respond well to going behind. Welbeck cuts in from the right and picks out Hernandez on the edge of the box but his shot deflects wide of the target.

55 mins:How will this young United squad respond to going behind? They are all too familiar with this position having conceded first in four of their previous Champions League ties this season.

53 mins:GOAL! GALATASARAY 1-0 MANCHESTER UNITED: They take the lead this time and it is a soft goal from Untied's point of view as YILMAZ beats his marker to Altintop's corner and heads home from eight-yards.

53 mins:What a save! Eboue crosses from the right and finds Melo whose powerful header is turned over the bar at point blank range by Lindegaard.

50 mins:Galatasaray look fired up after their half-time team-talk but it is United who are in possession at the moment.

48 mins:Lindegaard is forced into the first save of the half. The United keeper gets down to his right to collect Riera's 30-yard volley.

46 mins:The second-half is underway at the Turk Telecom Arena.


43 mins:United hit the bar! Cleverley swings a corner to the far post and Powell meets it with his head, only to see his effort come back off the woodwork. What a chance for the visitors and what a way that would have been for the 18-year-old to celebrate his full United debut and his first Champions League appearance.

41 mins:Jones is dispossessed on the halfway line and Galatasaray break. Elmander sets up Altintop inside the box but his shot is blocked by Buttner.

39 mins:Powell tries his luck from outside the box and wins his side a corner as it comes off a Galatasaray defender.

37 mins:Anderson floats in a corner and Jones attacks it in the goalmouth. Muslera gets just enough on his punch to take the ball away from the United defender.

35 mins:Galatasaray keep the move alive after Altintop's shot and Yilmaz appeals for a penalty as his cross hits Buttner on the arm but the referee waves play on.

34 mins:Quick break from the home side and it ends with Hamit Altintop who forces a fine save out of Lindegaard with a powerful shot from 25-yards.

31 mins:Welbeck goes down just outside the box at the other end but the referee waves play on. Powell is then penalised for a foul on Yilmaz.

29 mins:Amrabat breaks into the box and goes shoulder-to-shoulder with Jones before going to ground. The home crowd appeal for a penalty but Amrabat gets straight back up to get a cross in which is collected by Lindegaard.

27 mins:Manchester United are trying to dictate the tempo of the game. They enjoy a lengthy spell of possession in the final third before Hernandez wins a throw-in on the far side.

25 mins:Amrabat is urged to shoot from 30-yards and his effort deflects harmlessly away from goal before Lindegaard picks up the pieces.

23 mins:United have settled into this game and look dangerous on the break but Galatasaray have already given them one or two things to think about defensively.

21 mins:Selcuk Inan swings in the resulting free-kick for Burak Yilmaz whose glancing header flies over the crossbar. Real chance for the home side.

20 mins:Rafael receives Manchester United's first yellow card for a foul on Albert Riera.

18 mins:Nourredine Amrabat curls a shot goal-wards from the edge of the box and Michael Carrick gets his head in the way, turning the ball wide for a corner.

16 mins:Galatasaray need a win tonight to keep up their hopes of qualification. The news that Cluj are 2-0 up against Braga does not do them any favours.

14 mins:Nick Powell, who is making his full Manchester United debut, takes the ball to the edge of the box. He links up with Welbeck but is eventually dispossessed by a Galatasaray defender.

12 mins:Buttner breaks down the left before being brought down by Melo. Another poor challenge from the home side but Melo escapes without a booking.

10 mins:Johan Elmander tries his luck at the other end but can only drag his shot wide from 20-yards.

9 mins:Danny Welbeck does well for United as he reaches the byline and pulls the ball back for Javier Hernandez but can't quite pick him out in the danger area.

8 mins:Galatasaray are throwing their weight around in these opening stages and Semih Kaya picks up the first booking for a rash challenge on Alexander Buttner. He went in two-footed and could easily have been shown red.

7 mins:The Turk Telecom Arena is the loudest in world football and the home crowd are more than living up to their reputation tonight. How can this young Manchester United squad respond?

5 mins:First shot from Galatasaray as Felipe Melo intercepts Phil Jones's pass and lets fly from distance. Anders Lindegaard spills the shot before Jones recovers and clears the danger.

4 mins:Manchester United have already qualified from Group H and Alex Ferguson names their third youngest side to ever take part in the Champions League with an average age of 23 years and 10 months.

2 mins:The Galatasaray defence opens up and Tom Cleverley's early shot deflects straight into the arms of Fernando Muslera.

1 mins:Galatasaray get the game underway.

  • Champions League
  • 20 November 2012, 7:45pm
  • Türk Telekom Arena
GalatasarayGalatasarayvMan UtdMan Utd
  • Burak Yilmaz, 53

match report

A second-half header from Burak Yilmaz condemned Manchester United to a 1-0 away defeat to Galatasaray in the UEFA Champions League.

Yilmaz climbed highest to meet a 54th-minute corner to inflict upon United their first defeat in Group H.

With United having already qualified as group winners, the win leaves Galatasaray hanging on to second spot before the final matchday in a fortnight.

With top spot already secure, Sir Alex Ferguson left many of his stars at home, with Nick Powell handed his first European start and a welcome return for Phil Jones after a knee injury.

The hosts had the better of the early exchanges, with Anders Lindegaard keeping out Yilmaz's drive from distance, before the Turkish forward headed over when unmarked midway through the first half.

United grew into game and came closest to opening the scoring when Powell headed Tom Cleverley's corner against the bar two minutes before half-time.

Albert Riera tested Lindegaard again four minutes after half-time with a volley from distance which the United keeper did well to hold.

Lindegaard made an even better save shortly after to turn Felipe Melo's header over the bar, but from the resultant corner in the 54th minute, Galatasaray took the lead.

Selcuk Inan's delivered an outswinger from the right which Yilmaz attacked, outmuscling Darren Fletcher on his way to planting a header into the top corner, over Rafael on the far post.

United continued to be a threat on the counter attack, but Fernando Muslera remained relatively untroubled in the hosts' goal.

Ferguson threw on Ashley Young and Federico Macheda for the last 15 minutes, but Galatasaray almost doubled their lead moments later when Hamit Altintop's 25-yard drive was brilliantly tipped onto the bar by the diving Lindegaard.

United spent much of the last ten minutes on the front foot, with Josh King replacing Danny Welbeck, but Galatasaray held on and now travel to Braga on the final matchday in possession of the second qualifying spot in Group H.

team line-up

25Fernando Muslera
27Emmanuel Eboué
11Albert Riera
13Dany Nounkeu
26Semih Kaya
53Nourredine Amrabat81
4Hamit Altintop
8Selcuk Inan
10Felipe Melo
17Burak Yilmaz91
9Johan Elmander63


35Yekta Kurtulus
33Çaglar Birinci
19Umut Bulut91
52Emre Colak81
86Ufuk Ceylan
50Engin Baytar63


Carlos Velasco Carballo

team line-up

13Anders Lindegaard
28Alexander Büttner
4Phil Jones
16Michael Carrick
25Nick Powell74
24Darren Fletcher
23Tom Cleverley
19Danny Welbeck85
14Javier Hernández


41Joshua King85
18Ashley Young74
34Larnell Cole
27Federico Macheda74
50Sam Johnstone
36Marnick Vermijl
31Scott Wootton


Carlos Velasco Carballo

match stats

possession %4455
shots on target73
shots off target32
tackles won2214