Drogba impresses But Galatasaray held to draw
Galatasaray 1 Schalke 04 1:Didier Drogba impressed on his Champions League debut for Galatasaray but the Turkish side were held to a draw by Schalke 04 after an entertaining tie last night. The Ivory Coast striker, last year’s Champions League hero for Chelsea, linked up well with Burak Yilmaz in attack.
Yilmaz put Galatasaray ahead in the 12th minute when he flicked the ball around a defender to power in a shot past Timo Hildebrand.
Schalke equalised in the closing seconds of the half. They broke quickly, Jefferson Farfan passing across the goal to Jermaine Jones who side-footed past Fernando Muslera. Wesley Sneijder , another big-name acquisition by ambitious Galatasaray, was substituted after the first half.
Schalke began strongly with Jones forcing a save from Muslera in the first minute. The visitors had a chance to equalise soon after Yilmaz’s opener, but Klaas-Jan Huntelaar failed to steer the ball in at the far post. Hamit Altinop nearly doubled the home team’s lead in the 18th minute with a powerful shot which ricocheted of the bar after Hildebrand saved from Drogba. Yilmaz had another chance to score in the 38th minute when Drogba put him through but Hildebrand blocked his shot.
Farfan had a chance to put the visitors ahead in the 55th minute but his effort was blocked by Sabri Sarioglu. In the final stages, Yilmaz had a great chance to put Galatasaray back ahead in the 77th minute but he fired wide.