Galatasaray hold Barcelona to abnormal performance

Barcelona draw was been hold to a goalless draw in the first leg of their round of 16 match against Galatasaray at the Camp Nou on Thursday.

Xavi Hernandez’s side advanced to the last-16 of the Champions League

with a convincing 4-2 win over Napoli in the second leg of their playoff round,

capping an eight-game unbeaten run for the Catalans.

Barcelona were unable to find a way past the Turkish Super Lig team despite dominating possession in the first half, and the score stayed 0-0 at halftime.

As the second half progressed, Ousmane Dembele blasted a powerful drive from far over the bar,


and Frenkie de Jong hit the post immediately after as Barcelona looked for an early lead.

Galatasaray appeared to have taken the lead against the run of play in the 78th minute when Bafetimbi Gomis scored,

but the goal disallowed due to an offside flag.

Barcelona plagued Galatasaray with 14 goal efforts to only three for the Turkish club,

who were aid by several great stops from 23-year-old Spanish goalkeeper Inaki Pena.

Galatasaray also had chances,

with winger Kerem Akturkoglu’s pace and skill set posing a persistent threat to the Barcelona defence.

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Barcelona was held to a 0-0 tie by Galatasaray, a Turkish club that includes Egyptian Mustafa Mohamed,

at the Camp Nou stadium on Thursday evening in the opening leg of the European League’s first round.

Mustafa Mohamed participated with Galatasaray in the starting lineup from the start of the match,

and posed some danger to Barcelona’s goal,

but he substituted in the 68th minute.

Barcelona dominated the game in the match,

and missed more than one opportunity in front of the goal,

most notably by Osman Dembele and Adama Traore in the 56th minute,

and Frenkie de Jong in the 75th minute.

On the other hand, Galatasaray relied on lightning counter-attacks,

which disturbed the Spanish team’s defense, and Bafetimbi Gomez managed to beat Marc-Andre ter Stegen,

but the goal was not awarded due to offside.

Thus, the decision to qualify for the quarter-finals

of the European League will be postponed to the return match,

which will be held next Thursday in Turkey,

as the winner of any result will qualify.

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