Roberto Mancini guided Galatasaray to a 2-2 draw at Juventus in
the Champions League on Wednesday, just two days after taking over
as coach at the Turkish club.
Substitute Fabio Quagliarella thought he had won it for Juventus
with an 87th-minute header but Umut Bulut immediately
A blunder from Juve defender Leonardo Bonucci had gifted Didier
Drogba the opener for Galatasaray in the 36th minute before Arturo
Vidal leveled from the penalty spot after Quagliarella was adjudged
to have been fouled by Nordin Amrabat.
”I’m disappointed,” Juventus coach Antonio Conte said. ”But
the most bitterness and regret comes from the second goal, because
giving away a goal straight from the restart after we scored in the
87th is something quite unusual and strange. We drew a game which
we really deserved to win.”
Conte described it as an ”awful result.”
”We need to really, really fight. It will be a lot harder than
last year, a lot, lot harder,” he said. ”A hard path became so
much harder because of two defensive mistakes. We shouldn’t
despair, we have four games left, we have to grit our teeth. If
we’re good we’ll get through.”
Next up for Juventus is a double header against Real Madrid,
which beat Galatasaray 6-1 in its opening match and won 4-0 at home
to FC Cophenhagen on Wednesday to take firm control of Group B.
”I don’t think Real Madrid will beat Juventus twice,” Mancini
said. ”I’ve seen them twice recently and don’t think they’re in
form really. We’ll try to do very well against Copenhagen but we
need to improve on tonight and play better. I think the group is
still very open.”
Former Inter Milan and Manchester City coach Mancini was
confirmed as Fatih Terim’s replacement at Galatasaray on Monday and
only met the squad shortly before their flight to Italy.
”The only advantage I had was that of knowing Juventus,”
Mancini said. ”I didn’t know my players so had to get to know them
quickly, had to learn their names quickly. I would definitely have
signed for a draw before the match, even though I always think you
should go for a win.
”We were unlucky with the penalty, I don’t think it was a
penalty. We defended well and it’s not easy to defend against a
team like Juventus, then the game changed with the penalty.”
Both teams had endured a disappointing start to their European
campaigns and they started cautiously in Turin. Juventus had the
first real opportunity in the 15th minute, but Paul Pogba slipped
as he attempted an audacious overhead kick and missed the ball
That seemed to spark the game into life and Drogba almost put
Galatasaray in front four minutes later with a shot from a tight
angle which Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon cleared with his
A setback followed shortly afterward for Juventus when Mirko
Vucinic beat the offside trap to race onto a delightful chipped
pass by Andrea Pirlo, but stumbled and injured himself in the
Vucinic was replaced minutes later by Quagliarella, while
Galatasaray defender Semih Kaya made way for Gokhan Zan.
Quagliarella had an opportunity with his first touch in the 28th
minute as he prodded a cross narrowly past the left post. The
Juventus forward was caught up in a tangle with Zan as he struck
the ball but the referee rejected his furious claims for a
Galatasaray broke the deadlock when Bonucci woefully misplaced a
back pass, giving it straight to Drogba, who easily bypassed the
outrushing Buffon to slot into an empty net.
Juventus could have leveled quickly but Carlos Tevez’s fierce
shot scraped the outside of the right post moments later.
And Galatasaray could have extended its lead when Wesley
Sneijder was left completely unmarked and blazed well over the
crossbar from just inside the area.
Arturo Vidal went close as he twice fired narrowly over the
crossbar in quick succession.
Conte brought on Fernando Llorente for his Champions League
debut and the Spaniard almost headed Juventus in front moments
later but his effort also went just over the crossbar from close
Juventus did level in the 77th minute when Quagliarella made the
most of a mistimed challenge from fellow substitute Amrabat and
Vidal blasted home the spot kick.
Llorente had the ball in the back of the net in the 84th but it
was ruled out as Tevez was offside in the buildup.
Juventus had come from behind to win two of its previous three
league games and it looked like doing so again when Quagliarella
headed home Pirlo’s cross from close range four minutes from
However, a Galatasaray counter attack led to an 88th-minute
equalizer as Drogba took advantage of gaps in the Juventus defense
to pick out an unmarked Bulut on the far side of goal.
Llorente missed a chance for Juventus in stoppage time when he
toe-poked the ball wide of the right post.