17 September 2014 00:35
Galatasaray coach Cesare Prandelli hailed his side’s spirit after they snatched a last-gasp 1-1 UEFA Champions League draw with Anderlecht.
Besnik Hasi’s Belgians produced a fine display and looked destined to steal the points when Dennis Praet netted in the 52nd minute of Tuesday’s encounter.
Aleksandar Mitrovic should have made sure of the victory just a few moments after the opener but he somehow missed the target when one-on-one with Fernando Muslera, and Galatasaray made them pay.
Aurelien Chedjou did brilliantly down the left flank as he raced into the penalty area and cut a pass back to Burak Yilmaz, who smashed home the equaliser.
The result still leaves Galatasaray playing catch up on Group D rivals Borussia Dortmund – who beat Arsenal – but Prandelli accepted that it could have been much worse.
“It was a difficult game, but we believed until the end of the match,” the Italian told reporters.
“We worked against a young team and we fought until the end. Their goal broke our spirits, but we didn’t give up.
“After the match I congratulated my players one by one in the locker room, but we need to be more organised and faster.
“In this group there are strong teams, but we have a chance if we continue fighting.”