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Akhisarspor defeat Galatasaray to lift Turkish Super Cup

Akhisarspor defeat Galatasaray to lift Turkish Cup

Akhisarspor added their second trophy ever to their cabinet after they beat Galatasaray to lift the Turkish Super Cup.

Super Lig minnows Akhisarspor caused another major upset as they won the Turkish Super Cup on Sunday night after defeating the previous season’s Super Lig champions Galatasaray 5-4 on penalties.

The match at Konya Metropolitan Municipality Stadium saw last season’s Turkish Cup winner Akhisarspor taking an early lead as Ukrainian forward Yevhen Seleznyov scored in the fifth minute.

Galatasaray managed to equalize late in the second half with a 79th-minute strike from Eren Derdiyok.

Regular time and extra time both ended with the score locked at 1-1 and that meant the winner would be decided by a penalty shootout.

In the shootout, Akhisarspor made no mistake in their five attempts while Galatasaray’s French striker Bafetimbi Gomis failed to convert the team’s last penalty.

Sunday’s contest was the first official Turkish Super Lig match during which the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system was used.

Moments after the final whistle, the streets of Akhisar were filled with screaming fans who danced and cheered in celebration of their team’s unexpected victory.

Fans celebrating on the streets of Akhisar.

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