Sekidika cheers from the bench as Galatasaray reach Europa League play-off


Jesse Sekidika was a spectator on Thursday night as Galatasaray played away from home against St. Johnstone in the second-leg UEFA Europa League third qualifying round match.

Sekidika played some part in the previous leg, but was left on the bench for the entire game in Scotland.
A 1-1 outcome in the first leg meant either side could march on into the next round, and it was Gala that showed they wanted it more.
They outclassed their hosts, playing them out of the park – McDiarmid Park.
Mbaye Diagne’s opener (30′) on the night was cancelled out by Ismail Cipe’s own goal nine minutes later.
But from that moment it was Galatasaray all the way: Muhammed Akturkoglu (64′), Sofiane Feghouli (70′) and Emre Kilinic (90+2′) all found the back of the net.
The hosts got a consolation through Michael O’Halloran (90+4′) but it was too late to turn it around.
Fatih Terem’s men won 5-3 on aggregate and the veteran coach had nothing but praise for his players after the game.
‘The big plus was the quick and effective use of passing traffic on the field, as we say or think,’ Terem commented on his side’s performance.
‘We got plenty of scoring chances. We’ve been having trouble scoring goals for quite some time. Having been injured in a few matches or conceding a goal under extraordinary circumstances, this time Galatasaray reflected on the field an understanding of playing as a whole, more like a team, more together.’
Next up for Gala is the play-offs clash against Danish side Randers on August 19 and August 26.


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