Mancini guides Galatasaray to 2-2 draw at Juventus

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

equalized.

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

completely.

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

foot.

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

process.

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

penalty.

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

range.

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

time.

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.