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Sukur gives Galatasaray a lifeline

Goektan Berkan bursts through the Juventus defense
Goektan Berkan bursts through the Juventus defense

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DORTMUND, Germany -- Galatasaray kept alive their hopes of making the second stage of the Champions League with a 2-0 win over Italian champions Juventus in a rescheduled Group D game.

Veteran striker Hakan Sukur struck twice for the Turkish side in a match moved to Dortmund following the recent bombings in Istanbul.

But it still felt like a home game for Galatasaray, with 60,000 German-based Turks among a sellout 66,000 crowd at the Westfalenstadion.

"I want to thank all those supporters here, it really felt as though we were in Istanbul, it was incredible just like a home game," said Galatasaray coach Fatih Terim.

Galatasaray's win lifts them to third in the group, although they are still two points behind Spanish side Real Sociedad, who they must beat in Spain next week to advance to the knockout stages.

Sukur -- a Serie A flop with Juve's city rivals Torino as well as Inter Milan and Parma -- struck just after halftime with a header from Sabri Sarioglu's cross. He added his second in injury time after being played through by Hasan Sas.

"They were two truly nice goals even if we missed a lot of chances," Sukur told Turkish television.

"We really proved ourselves against a top team tonight."

Understrength Juve, who are already through to the next round, made a lively start and Galatasaray keeper Farid Mondragon was called into action to deny Marco Di Vaio after just 11 minutes.

Fabrizio Miccoli also went close on 29 meters, crashing a freekick against the post.

"The first half they had two or three great chances and we were trying to protect the result," Terim said.

"But we did so well in the second half in terms of chances, possession and determination," he added.

Juve coach Marcello Lippi said he was pleased with his side's first half performance.

"We did very well for an hour and created a lot of chances. We really should have scored at least once. We wanted to get back on level terms and went looking for the result but they were able to get the second at the end," he said.


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