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UEFA Champions League

  • 7 November 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadionul Dr. Constantin Rădulescu, Cluj-Napoca
  • Referee: W. Collum
  • • Attendance: 16232

Live Commentary

  • And that's full time in Romania. Galatasaray secure their first win of the Champions League campaign, courtesy of a Burak hat trick. They go level on points with Cluj in Group H to keep their qualification hopes alive. I'm Ben McAleer and I hope you enjoy the remainder of your evening.
  • 90' + 2'
    Burak comes close to netting a fourth after some good interlinking play with Amrabat, but can't get his effort away and Felgueiras gathers comfortably.
  • 90' + 1'
    SubstitutionHamit Altıntop Semih Kaya
  • 90'
    Sougou comes close to netting his second on the night. A shot across goal is deflected into his path, but the Cluj man just can't get enough contact to turn the ball into the Galatasaray net.
  • 89'
    SubstitutionYekta Kurtuluş Sabri Sarıoğlu
  • 89'
    Altintop concedes a sloppy free kick deep inside the Galatasaray half.
  • 87'
    Cluj finally get their foot on the ball as they look to net late on to set up a tense finish. However, Bastos cheaply gives the ball away and it rolls through to Muslera.
  • 86'
    Bastos and Sougou link up well, but the danger is cleared by Nounkeu.
  • 85'
    The visitors look happy to hold onto the ball and see out the final five minutes, plus added time.
  • 83'
    A frustrated Sougou needlessly brings down Riera and receives a ticking off from the official.
  • 82'
    Cluj look devoid of ideas now following the second half double from Burak.
  • 80'
    Burak down clutching his ribs and currently receiving treament.
  • 79'
    Galatasaray toying with Cluj now and look comfortable in possession.
  • 77'
    SubstitutionPantelis Kapetanos Diogo Valente
  • 77'
    Galatasaray set to pick up their first win of the Champions League this season, but continue to press for a fourth.
  • 76'
    SubstitutionUmut Bulut Nordin Amrabat
  • 74'
    Assist Selçuk İnan
  • 74'
    Goal Burak Yılmaz
    GOAL!!! Burak secures his hat-trick. Muresan is robbed of possession and Galatasaray counter. The striker finds himself one-on-one with Piccolo, before sending him inside-out. Burak then fires under Felgueiras to make it 3-1 to the Turkish side.
  • 72'
    Altintop drifts in for the right and is unchallenged by the Cluj defence. He finds himself on the edge of the 18 yard box, but smashes wide of the far post.
  • 71'
    Burak goes down and calls for a penalty. Referee, however, is having none of it and waves play on.
  • 69'
    Burak comes close to netting his hat-trick. Altintop capitalises on a mistake from Muresan. Striker is played in, but has too much time on his hands and his tame effort is gathered by Felgueiras.
  • 67'
    Cluj free kick is cleared by Galatasaray. The Turkish side look to break, but Altintop lacks the killer ball for Eboue.
  • 66'
    Pinto puts a cross in for Bjelanovic. However, there is too much on the ball and it drifts out of play for a Galatasaray goal kick.
  • 65'
    Galatasaray pushing for the third, but can't seem to find the killer touch to double their advantage.
  • 64'
    Little fact for you, Cluj have won just two of their last 10 home games in Europe, not including qualifiers. Can they recover following Burak's second of the night?
  • 61'
    Goal Burak Yılmaz
    GOAL!!! Burak strikes again. Altintop collects the ball following a poor punch from Felgueiras. He pulls the ball back across the six yard box and picks out the Galatasaray front-man, who nets from close range.
  • 61'
    Assist Hamit Altıntop
  • 60'
    Altintop looks to restore the one goal advantage on his lonesome, but runs into trouble and Cluj clear.
  • 57'
    Effort from Cluj fired over. They are really pushing for the second now.
  • 55'
    The half time introduction of Bjelanovic looks to have paid off early on. Can Cluj push on for a second?
  • 54'
    Home support very vocal following Sougou's goal.
  • 53'
    Goal M. Sougou
    GOAL!!! Cluj have started the second half the brighter and deserve the equaliser. Bastos picks out a superb ball for Sougou to fire past Muslera at his near post.
  • 53'
    Assist Rafael Bastos
  • 50'
    Colak goes down clutching his face following a stray elbow from Kapetanos, but the ref takes no further action.
  • 49'
    Yellow Card Hamit Altıntop
  • 47'
    Cluj come close to netting an equaliser almost instantly, Bjelanovic close to making an instant impact, but he headers over from close range.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionNicolas Godemèche Sasa Bjelanovic
  • 46'
    And we're underway for the second half.
  • And the two teams are back out ready for the second half.
  • Back, glass of squash in hand, ready to guide you through the second half of this encounter. Can Cluj find an equaliser after the interval? Can Galatasaray hold on for their first away Champions League win in almost a decade? I'll be here as your man for the next 45 minutes of action.
  • In the other Group H encounter, Manchester United are currently being held 0-0 by Braga in Portugal. If results stay as they are, Cluj, Braga and Galatasaray will be on four points each heading into round five of the Champions League group stage.
  • 45'
    Half time in Romania and Galatasaray hold a one goal advantage, courtesy of Burak's first half header.
  • 45'
    Bastos wins a free kick for Cluj at the end of the first half. The ball is put forward, but Muresan's effort strikes Eboue's arm. The hosts claim handball, but the referee is having none of it.
  • 45'
    Kapetanos forces his way past Cris, but is isolated on his own and is easily dispossessed by Riera.
  • 45'
    Now entering the first of three added minutes at the end of the first half.
  • 43'
    Galatasaray are happy to see this through to half time now. Cluj are struggling to get a foothold in the encounter.
  • 41'
    Coming together of Sougou and Muslera, but both players appear fine and are happy to continue.
  • 40'
    Yellow Card Riera
  • 40'
    Muresan's free-kick drifts well wide of the Galatasaray post. Muslera yet to really be tested this half.
  • 37'
    Altintop capitalises on some poor defending by Cluj and plays in Burak. The Galatasaray front-man attempts to double the advantage, but his effort from distance balloon's over.
  • 37'
    Cluj are probing, but very much struggling to break through the Galatasaray defence.
  • 34'
    Alberto attempts to play a probing ball through to Sougou, but his pass is intercepted by Riera.
  • 33'
    Galatasaray are happy for Cluj to have the ball. If they secure the win here, it'll be their first away from home in almost 10 years.
  • 31'
    SubstitutionLaszlo Sepsi Rafael Bastos
  • 30'
    Sepsi currently limping off the pitch to receive treatment following an earlier collision with Altintop.
  • 29'
    Eboue wins Galatasaray a free-kick on the right-hand side having been fouled by Godemeche.
  • 27'
    Sloppy play from Alberto, who cheaply gives the ball away to Burak. The powerful striker strides forward and wins Galatasaray a throw-in in a dangerous area.
  • 25'
    Sougou fires into the side netting after Riera needlessly gives away possession in the midfield. The Cluj front-man will be disappointed with that and could have, perhaps, done better.
  • 23'
    The Burak goal is just Galatasaray's second in this season's competition. The striker netted the other during the 1-1 draw with Cluj in Turkey two weeks ago.
  • 21'
    Alberto fires an effort in from distance for Cluj, but Muslera gathers comfortably.
  • 20'
    That goal has been coming - Galatasaray dominating possession at the moment. Cluj look threatening on the counter through Kapetanos, however.
  • 18'
    Goal Burak Yılmaz
    GOAL!!! A lovely weighted ball from Altintop on the right is met by Burak. The Galatasaray front-man loops his header over Felgueiras and into the top corner.
  • 18'
    Assist Hamit Altıntop
  • 15'
    Some very poor control by Cris allows Kapetanos to break forward. The Cluj front-man finds himself one-on-one, bearing down on the Galatasaray goal, but his touch is heavy and Muslera clears.
  • 14'
    Some good pressure by Galatasary culminates in a Colak cross being deflected into the hands of Cluj 'keeper Felgueiras.
  • 13'
    Galatasaray backline are pushing very high up the pitch. Cris and Nounkeu both on the halfway line as the the visitors look to instigate attacks from the back.
  • 11'
    Cluj have certainly started the stronger of the two sides, but Galatasaray looking dangerous when on the ball.
  • 9'
    Inan receives a ticking off from the referee.
  • 7'
    Galatasaray win a free-kick around 35-yards after Kapetanos fouls Inan.
  • 6'
    Colak comes close after being fed through, but see's his effort drift just wide of the post. Positive response from Galatasaray after a poor start.
  • 4'
    Kapetanos comes close after a superb ball over the top, but his effort is just wide of the near post. Galatasaray sloppy at the back with that.
  • 2'
    Sougou wins a free-kick just inside the Galatasaray half following a foul by Bulut.
  • 1'
    Early pressure by Cluj as Kapetanos looks to latch onto a through ball, but it rolls through to Muslera.
  • And we're underway in Romania, with Cluj shooting from right to left.
  • Galatasaray will also become the first Turkish team to play Cluj in Romania in the hosts' history.
  • The famous Champions League music being played prior to kick off in Romania.
  • Meanwhile, Galatasaray have mustered just one point from their last nine Champions League group games away from home.
  • A few pre-match facts to get you all warmed up for the encounter. Tonight's hosts have netted four times in the competition, despite have just five shots on target.
  • Last time these two teams met, it ended in a 1-1 draw at the Turk Telekom Arena and was the first point Galatasaray picked up in the competition this season. Meanwhile, Cluj are well placed to qualify for the knockout stages and are currently sat in second place in Group H, five points behind leaders Manchester United.
  • And for Galatasaray: Muslera; Cris, Nounkeu, Eboue, Altintop; Inan, Riera, Kurtulus, Colak; Yilmaz, Bulut
  • We have some team news for you now, first up the Cluj starting XI: Felgueiras; Pinto, Sepsi, Piccolo, Cadu; Camora, Muresan, Godemeche, Alberto; Kapetanos, Sougou
  • Good evening guys and welcome to for the live blog of CFR Cluj vs Galatasaray. My name is Ben McAleer and I'll be your loving host for the evening.