Galatasaray FC

Semi-Final, 1st Leg: Thursday 06 April 2000

Galatasaray 2 - 0 Leeds United

(Half-time: 2 - 0)
Crowd: 18000
Referee: Hellmut Kruc (Germany)

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Match Facts
  Teams Unused Subs
Leeds United Martyn, Kelly, Harte, Radebe, Woodgate, Bridges (Huckerby 75), Kewell, Bowyer, McPhail, Bakke, Jones (Wilcox 65) Haaland, Robinson, Smith, Mills, Duberry
Galatasaray Taffarel, Korkmaz, Popescu, Belozoglu, Arif (Sas 79), Okan (Unsal 62), Suat, Sukur, Hagi (Ahmet 89), Capone, Ergun Bolukbasi, Fatih, Emrah, Marcio
  Scorers Other Info
Leeds United    
Galatasaray Sukur 13, Capone 44  
  Yellow Cards Red Cards
Leeds United Kewell 20, Jones 27, Bowyer 53, Harte 90  
Match Statistics
  Leeds United Galatasaray
Corners won ? ?
Fouls committed ? ?
Hit woodwork ? ?
Offsides committed ? ?
Shirt numbers of goalscorers 0 ?
Yellow cards 4 0
Red cards 0 0
Match Reports
Fans' Reports
Jabba London views
Newspaper/Newswire/Net Reports
The Guardian Sukur punch floors Leeds
The Electronic Telegraph Brave Leeds left facing uphill struggle
The Times Subdued Leeds show the strain
Express Sport O'Leary's braves caught cold by Turkish one-two
The Independent Subdued Leeds left with uphill task
Yorkshire Evening Post United fail to hit high spots
BBC ??
Soccernet Bitter to the end

London view - Jabba

"The Leeds fans behaviour was impeccable" said the Radio 5 reporter. After spending the day locked in their hotels, the fans saw a poor first half performance, followed by a better showing in the second half, but with terrible finishing by Michael Bridges and Stephen McPhail left us with a difficult job for the return leg.

With Galatasaray snubbing the dead Leeds fans by failing to wear black armbands or observe a silence before the game - and one of the directors made strenuous efforts to disocciate the club from the murderers.

'fraid I can't really find much to say about the game in the circumstances. Leeds were disappointing, but with just a 2-goal deficit, we shouldn't be too down-hearted for the return leg. But we do need to drag ourselves out of this mini-slump by Sunday when we face a Villa side reinvigorated by the return of Dion Dublin.

Sukur punch floors Leeds - Daniel Taylor

Copy from Football Unlimited of 07/04/2000.

Given the trauma of the night before and the tears shed, it was always going to be a hollow occasion. So it proved here at the Ali Sami Yen Stadium when everyone connected with Leeds United realised the football was secondary.

Their aspirations to reach a first European final for 25 years were dealt severe damage and the obvious conclusion was that the fall-out of Wednesday night's violence and the subsequent deaths of two supporters had taken its toll on a Leeds side wearing black armbands and heavy hearts. Their opponents declined the armbands.

At the final whistle David O'Leary's youthful side exuded an air of despondency that told its own story. In truth, which ever side emerges victorious from the return leg in West Yorkshire, there will be little justifiable cause for celebrations.

© Guardian Media Group plc

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