Turkish Super Lig

Galatasaray crowned Turkish champions

May 12, 2012

Galatasaray were crowned Turkish champions as they held fierce rivals Fenerbahce to a goalless draw in the final round of the Super Final Championship Group.

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GettyImagesSabri Sarioglu celebrates after Galatasaray won a record-equalling 18th Turkish Super Lig title

Gala got the draw they needed to pip Fener to the title by a point in a match in which both teams had a player sent off, Issiar Dia seeing red for Fener in the 65th minute and Tomas Ujfalusi's given his marching orders nine minutes from time.

Galatasaray have now equalled Fenerbahce's total of 18 league titles, with manager Faith Terim claiming the fifth Super Lig crown of his career and first since 2000.

Fener's second place earned them a place in the Champions League qualifying round while in the Europa League Group, Bursaspor sealed top spot and qualification to Europe's second competition with a 4-0 win at Istanbul Buyuksehir BSK.

Pablo Batalla scored twice in the first half, while Sebastian Pinto and Turgay Bahadir were on target after the break, with Doka Madureira seeing red for the hosts.

Bursaspor's win meant Eskisehirspor's 3-1 success at Sivasspor was in vain. Safet Nadarevic put Eskisehirspor in front midway through the first half and a Batuhan Karadeniz double early in the second ended Sivasspor's hopes, although they did get a consolation through Michael Eneramo.