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Galatasaray v Barcelona Live Commentary, 3/17/22

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Marcão (28)
Pedri (37)
P. Aubameyang (49)
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That's all for today, goodbye!
Barcelona's name goes into the hat for the quarter-final draw on Friday, with the ties taking place at the beginning of April. They extend their unbeaten run to 11 games in all competitions ahead of their meeting with Real Madrid in LaLiga on Sunday. Galatasaray's attention now turns back to the league, with Gaziantep next up in the Super Lig.
Barcelona come from behind to beat Galatasaray 2-1 and reach the quarter-final. It was 0-0 coming into the second leg, and Marcao broke the deadlock, scoring a diving header to put Galatasaray in the lead. Less than 10 minutes later, Barcelona were level after a lovely goal from Pedri. Aubameyang hit the crossbar with a header on the stroke of half-time before scoring the winner just four minutes after the break. Pena pulled off a brilliant double save just before Aubameyang nodded in from close range.
90' + 7' FULL-TIME: GALATASARAY 1-2 BARCELONA.
90' + 5' Galatasaray just can't get a touch on the moment as Barcelona continue to keep them penned in. The visitors are keeping possession well as they try to see out the last couple of minutes.
90' + 3' WIDE! Barca are doing everything they can to try and wrap up the win here as it's switched out to Torres on the left again. He pulls it back to Depay in the middle this time, but he drags his low shot just wide of the far post.
90' + 2' OFF THE BAR! Torres peels off the back of Nelsson and Pena rushes off his line to try and close the angle. The Spaniard lifts his shot over the keeper, but it smacks the bar. It wouldn't have counted anyway, as a belated offside flag goes up.
90' + 1' CHANCE! Into the first of six added minutes here, and Depay steps up to take the free-kick he won. He clips it to Torres at the far post, but his volley back across goal bounces just wide.
Ö. Bayram
Yellow Card
Galatasaray
90' Bayram grabs hold of Depay to stop him from driving into the box and is shown a yellow card.
89' Aubameyang has become the first Barcelona player to score in his first two European matches on the road since Robert Fernandez in the UEFA Cup in 1986-87.
Jordi Alba
Yellow Card
Barcelona
87' Alba is booked for dissent for his part in the earlier argument.
86' The frustration is starting to bubble over here, with both sets of players getting involved. Alba has to be dragged away from an argument, and Pique is also having his say on the sidelines.
Ö. Bayram
P. van Aanholt
Galatasaray
85' Galatasaray are making another change now, with Bayram coming on to replace Van Aanholt.
84' Again, Akturkoglu is given space on the left and he tries to whip another cross into the six-yard box. This one hits Araujo before bouncing towards the near post, but Ter Stegen has it covered.
M. Depay
P. Aubameyang
Barcelona
82' And Aubameyang is also taken off, with Depay on in his place.
C. Lenglet
Piqué
Barcelona
81' Pique is trying to walk the long way off in an attempt to time waste, but the referee is having none of it. Lenglet replaces him.
81' Galatasaray break quickly on the counter again, and Akturkoglu is leading the charge down the left. He bursts past Araujo before playing a dangerous cross into the six-yard box, but Morutan can't get to it in time.
Gavi
Yellow Card
Barcelona
79' Gavi catches Antalyali with a late tackle and has his name taken by the referee.
78' There's a nervy moment at the back for Barcelona as Ter Stegen hits his clearance straight at Akturkoglu. He has no one up with him in support though and eventually loses out to Araujo.
76' Galatasaray are starting to move it around a bit quicker now, and Morutan knocks it on towards Mohamed. He wriggles away from Garcia, but then can't find a way past Pique.
O. Moruțan
A. Cicâldău
Galatasaray
74' And Cicaldau is being taken off in the other Galatasaray chance, with Morutan replacing him.
H. Dervişoğlu
R. Babel
Galatasaray
74' Babel's okay after treatment, but that block will be his last involvement in the game. He goes off for Dervisoglu.
74' Pedri's free-kick is hit straight against the wall, and Babel is down after taking the hit in the face. The medical team are on to give him some treatment and he's quickly back to his feet.
P. van Aanholt
Yellow Card
Galatasaray
72' It's a late one from Van Aanholt on Torres just outside the box, and he's shown a yellow card.
70' It's a great throughball from Busquets to get Torres in behind, but Marcao makes a brilliant recovery just in time to slide in and block the shot, just before a late offside flag goes up.
Gavi
F. de Jong
Barcelona
68' Second change for Barcelona now, and it's De Jong that's making way for Gavi.
67' Dembele skips away from Van Aanholt and fizzes a good, low cross to the edge of the box for Pedri. The space opens up, so he decides to hit the shot first time, but Marcao slides in with an important block.
65' It's better from Galatasaray, who are going for a more direct approach since Mohamed was brought on. Kutlu plays a great ball over the top to Cicaldau, but he can't cushion it down for the substitute.
Mostafa Mohamed
B. Gomis
Galatasaray
63' Galatasaray are making their first change now, and it's Gomis that's taken off for Mohamed.
62' Barcelona are back to dominating possession, but they're passing into the final third is letting them down. Pique goes long to Alba, but it's cut out by Boey, but his pass to Gomis is overhit as well.
60' GREAT CHANCE! It's pulled back to Van Aanholt, and he decides to go for goal when none of the Barcelona defenders close him down. He's a long way out, but his shot is swerving through the air. Ter Stegen is scrambling, but it's just too high.
58' It's well-worked by Barcelona as they patiently switch it from left to right. Dembele tries to squares it back to De Jong, who is in a pocket of space on the edge of the D, but it rolls under his foot and back to Nelsson.
R. Araujo
S. Dest
Barcelona
56' Dest limps off holding his hamstring after receiving treatment, and Araujo is brought on to replace him.
55' Akturkoglu made a brilliant driving run down the left before cutting inside and Dest slid in with a perfectly-timed tackle to stop him. The right-back has hurt himself in the process though and it looks like his game is over.
53' The corner is taken short and Dembele pulls it back to Alba. His cross is flicked on by Pique before Marcao heads it clear. It falls to Pedri on the edge of the box, but his first-time shot is sliced high and wide.
51' Barcelona are on the attack again now and Aubameyang is looking to turn provider out on the left. His cross is too high for De Jong though and it flies harmlessly wide.
F. de Jong
Assist
Barcelona
49' De Jong didn't give it up as it kept bouncing around in the box, and he eventually managed to help it onto Aubameyang to set up the goal.
P. Aubameyang
Goal
Barcelona
49' AUBAMEYANG SCORES! It's a perfect start to the second half for the visitors! Alba's cross is cleared as far as Busquets on the edge of the box, and his low shot is saved by Pena's foot. The rebound falls to Aubameyang, whose header is also parried by the keeper. De Jong meets that though and nods it back to Aubameyang, who puts it into the empty net. 2-1 Barca!
48' Van Aanholt looks like he's picked up a problem here. He's holding his hip after a heavy collision with Dest and the medical team are on to see to him. He'll be able to carry on though.
46' Galatasaray get us back underway for the second half!
O. Dembélé
Adama Traoré
Barcelona
46' Barcelona are making a change at the break, and it's Traore that's going off for Dembele.
As the away goals rule has been scrapped, this tie is currently heading to extra time if things stay as they are, but both sides have looked a threat going forward. Barca have dominated possession but struggled to break down Galatasaray at times, while the hosts have created some great chances on the break.
It's still level in this tie, with Galatasaray and Barcelona drawing 1-1. Both sides had some good chances, with De Jong hitting an early shot just wide before the deadlock was broken. Marcao scored a diving header from the corner to give the hosts the lead, but Pedri equalised less than 10 minutes later. He skipped past two players in the box to slot home the equaliser. On the stroke of half-time, Aubameyang also hit the bar with a looping header.
45' + 4' HALF-TIME: GALATASARAY 1-1 BARCELONA.
45' + 3' OFF THE BAR! One last attack for Barca in the first half and Traore curls a great cross onto the edge of the six-yard box. Aubameyang rises highest to meet it, but his header loops over Pena before clipping the top of the bar.
45' + 1' Barcelona are still dominating possession here and Alba floats another good cross into the far post from the left. Aubameyang chases it down, but Van Aanholt just nudges him away at the last minute.
44' Akturkoglu is down now, holding his stomach. Traore made a clearance and the forward ran into him while his foot was high. He was asking for a foul, and slowly gets back to his feet when he realises it won't be given.
Eric García
Yellow Card
Barcelona
42' Garcia is slower to get back up, and it's because he knows a yellow card is awaiting him. He overran the ball and caught Marcao with his studs when he stretched to try and make up for the mistake.
41' Both sides have a player down at the moment, with Garcia and Marcao both holding their shins. It was a heavy collision between the two defenders, with Marcao getting back to his feet quickly after treatment.
39' Barcelona are in possession again and Garcia is allowed to carry the ball a long way as he advances from his own half. He tries to thread it to Aubameyang, who is in behind, but there's too much on it and Pena collects.
Ferran Torres
Assist
Barcelona
37' It was good work from Torres in the build-up to open the space in a very compact Galatasaray defence on the edge of the box.
Pedri
Goal
Barcelona
37' PEDRI EQUALISES! It's a lovely goal from Barcelona! Torres plays a one-two with De Jong on the edge of the box before playing a wonderful reverse pass into Pedri at the near post, which catches out the Galatasaray defenders. He takes it around Boey and skips past Nelsson before coolly slotting it past Pena. 1-1!
35' Pedri hits a pass against Babel, but it bounces back to him on the edge of the box. He's trying to look for a team-mate but decides to go it alone when he can't find one and ends up dragging a shot well wide of the far post.
33' Barcelona are trying to pass their way in behind the hosts, but Galatasaray are keeping their shape well. A loose pass from Busquets to Aubameyang is cut out, and Cicaldau breaks on the counter.
31' The restart had to be paused while the groundsman finished putting the new corner flag into the ground. It takes a couple of minutes, but we're able to get back underway now.
Marcão
Yellow Card
Galatasaray
29' Marcao kicked the corner flag during his celebration, and while he's fixing the damage he caused, the referee books him for the excessive celebration.
A. Cicâldău
Assist
Galatasaray
28' Cicaldau whips the corner over the crowd at the near post to set up Marcao for the goal.
Marcão
Goal
Galatasaray
28' MARCAO SCORES! It's a great corner from Cicaldau, with a great finish from the captain! It's pulled back towards the penalty spot and Marcao dives from behind Torres to get his head to the ball. He wanted it more and his effort nestles into the back of the net. 1-0 Galatasaray!
Sergio Busquets
Yellow Card
Barcelona
27' Barcelona thought they should've had a free-kick when Traore went down, but Galatasaray played on. Cicaldau was breaking through the middle when Busquets kicked out a leg to stop him, and he's shown the first yellow card.
26' Gomis nods it down for Akturkoglu, who bursts through the middle. Garcia stays with him all the way, forcing him out to the wide right, and he's eventually bundled off the ball.
24' Busquets clips the ball out to the right and Dest leaps to volley a cross back into the middle. He's looking for Aubameyang, who goes down with very little contact, and Nelsson clears it as the referee tells the forward to get to his feet.
22' Galatasaray have only won one of their previous nine meeting with Barcelona (D3 L5), with that lone victory coming in the Champions League in November 1994 (2-1). They're winless in the five such meetings since then, drawing two and losing three.
20' The cross is whipped in by De Jong, and it falls to Pique in the middle. His shot is always heading wide and Pedri is closed down before he can swing in a follow-up cross on the far side.
19' Dest knocks it past Van Aanholt and does well to outmuscle the left-back to keep it in play. He's brought down and Barca have a free-kick just outside the box on the right.
17' Alba cuts inside and plays a floated cross towards the far post. The pass is too heavy for De Jong, who chases it down anyway. Van Aanholt crashes into him, but the referee waves away the half-hearted penalty shouts.
15' Dest is toppled over on the halfway line and Barcelona start to try and pass their way in behind Galatasaray again. They're not having much luck at the moment though as Aubameyang is dispossessed by Kutlu.
13' CHANCE! The hosts go for the long switch out to Akturkoglu again, and he times his run perfectly this time. It's worked along the edge of the box to Babel, who knocks it past Alba before hitting a shot at goal, but it's comfortably saved by Ter Stegen.
12' It's patiently worked out from the back by Galatasaray before Babel runs into a crowd down the right. He knocks it back to Antalyali, who plays a lovely switch of play out to Akturkoglu, but he'd just drifted offside.
10' WIDE! It's a lovely pass through the middle of Galatasaray's central defenders from Busquets to get De Jong in behind. He's one-on-one with Pena, but he slots his low shot just wide of the far post when the keeper comes out to close him down.
8' It's a sloppy pass out from the back by Garcia and he gifts it to Akturkoglu, who gets an early shot away, but Dest helps to send it over the crossbar. The resulting corner is whipped in, but it hits Gomis on the shoulder and loops wide.
6' BLOCKS! It's played over the top to Gomis, who does brilliantly to hold off Garcia before knocking past him to drill a shot on goal. Alba stretches to make an important block, but Akturkoglu is following in and he sees his scuffed volley stopped by Garcia.
4' There's a nervy moment at the back for Barca when it's knocked back to Ter Stegen and Babel is racing over to close him down. The German just manages to hook it away, hitting it straight at Akturkoglu, but the referee deems Babel to have fouled him anyway.
2' Barcelona are enjoying a good spell of early possession here as they patiently work it out from the back. De Jong is making good progress down the right before Van Aanholt steps across him to cut out the run.
1' Pedri gets the game underway for Barcelona!
The teams are out on the pitch now, with kick-off just moments away!
Barcelona have progressed from seven of their last eight ties in the UEFA Cup/Europa League last 16, with their only elimination at this stage coming in 2003-04 (0-1 on aggregate v Celtic).
Xavi makes just three changes from the win over Osasuna last time out, bringing in Dest, De Jong and Traore. Pique also starts despite going off in that game with a groin injury. Gavi, who is back from a European ban, and Dembele both start on the bench.
Domenec Torrent makes four changes to the side that saw off Besiktas on Monday. Boey, Cicaldau, Gomis and Babel, who has recovered from a knock he picked up in the first leg, all come in. Kilinc and Mohamed drop to the bench, while Sofiane Feghouli and Omar Elabdellaoui aren't included in the squad.
BARCELONA SUBS: Oscar Mingueza, Neto, Amau Tenas, Pablo Gaviria, Luuk de Jong, Memphis Depay, Riqui Puig, Nicolas Gonzalez, Clement Lenglet, Ousmane Dembele, Martin Braithwaite, Ronald Araujo.
BARCELONA STARTING XI (4-3-3): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Sergino Dest, Eric Garcia, Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba; Frenkie de Jong, Sergio Busquets, Pedri; Adama Traore, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ferran Torres.
GALATASARAY SUBS: Fernando Muslera, Alpaslan Ozlurk, Erick Pulgar, Mostafa Mohamed, Halil Dervisoglu, Ismail Cipe, Omer Bayram, Emre Kilinc, Baris Alper Yilmaz, Isik Kaan Arslan, Olimpiu Vasile Morutan.
GALATASARAY STARTING XI (4-2-3-1): Inaki Pena; Sacha Boey, Victor Nelsson, Marcao, Patrick van Aanholt; Berkan Kutlu, Taylan Antalyali; Ryan Babel, Alexandru Cicaldau, Muhammed Kerem Akturkoglu; Bafetimbi Gomis.
It's nicely poised going in this tie, with the sides playing out a 0-0 draw in the first leg, with Galatasaray putting in a strong defensive display. The Turkish side have lost just one of their last seven games in all competitions, and come into this on the back of a win having beaten Besiktas 2-1 at the weekend. Barcelona are in good form themselves, going unbeaten in their last 10 outings in all competitions (W7 D3) and have won five of the last six, with the only non-victory in that run the first-leg draw.
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