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Atlético Madrid 1-1 Galatasaray

¬†Galatasaray will welcome Club Atl√©tico de Madrid to Istanbul next Thursday holding a crucial away goal after Kader Keita’s equaliser ensured a UEFA Europa League round of 32 first-leg draw.

Jos√© Antonio Reyes’s perfectly placed free-kick had put Atl√©tico ahead midway through the first half and visiting goalkeeper Leo Franco was a busy man after that. But after Atl√©tico custodian David De Gea was forced off through injury, Keita struck.

The visitors had the brighter start and a fine Arda Turan shot tested teenage goalkeeper De Gea, who impressed in the 2-1 defeat of FC Barcelona on Sunday. However, rather out of the blue, Atl√©tico took a 23rd-minute lead, Reyes’s set piece from the angle of the box to the right of goal beautifully curled into the opposite top corner.

Atl√©tico were inspired and Leo Franco tipped over a Diego Forl√°n free-kick that nearly dipped in. Visiting coach Frank Rijkaard made a move on 35 minutes, introducing on-loan Barcelona playmaker Giovani Dos Santos, but still his side were defending, Leo Franco denying both Sergio Ag√ľero and Ra√ļl Garc√≠a from point-blank range.

Leo Franco was beaten by a snap-shot by Sim√£o but the ball bounced away off the crossbar. De Gea was having a quiet spell until just before the break, turning away Mustafa Sarp’s header at full stretch.

Ten minutes into the second half Keita embarked on a solo run but De Gea dived to save his shot. Leo Franco was still working, stopping a strong Ag√ľero strike and Sim√£o’s swerving free-kick.

However, with 19 minutes to go De Gea had to be replaced by Sergio Asenjo, who started all but one of Atl√©tico’s pre-Christmas UEFA Champions League games. Six minutes later Keita ran on to Hakan Balta’s fine deep cross and shot past Asenjo at his near post.

(UEFA)




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