A work of art by Pedro González ‘Pedri’, in the first half, and another goal by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the second they turned around Marcao’s opening goal for Galatasaray (1-2) and qualified Barcelona for the Europa League quarterfinals.
the azulgranas, after the goalless draw in the first leg at the Camp Nou, they once again finished the tie away from homeas they did three weeks ago at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium in Naples.
And that started the game too busy for the interests of Barça, which saw how Galatasaray was able to get ahead after 5 minutes in a counter that avoided, in extremis, Jordi Alba, covering the shot inside the Gomis area when he was ready to beat Ter Stegen.
Gomis himself would head in, forcing a corner kick on the next play, while the azulgrana team made an effort to lower the pulsations of the clash through possession.
Cicaldau took the corner for Marcao to get ahead of Ferran Torres and finish off the goal after 28 minutes. But Xavi Hernández’s Barça is growing and also has in its ranks a superclass like Pedri to throw the team on his back when things go wrong.
The Canarian did it again in Istanbul, offering himself in each play, teaming up between the lines with Busquets, De Jong and Ferran in search of a draw.
First he tried it without aim from outside the area before starring in the play of the night. De Jong, Ferran and Pedri combined first at full speed so that Tegueste stopped time as he entered the area and made two rival defenders collapse, feinting twice with his small body before subtly beating Iñaki Peña.
At the beginning of the second half in a triple chance by Sergio Busquets, Pedri and Aubameyang the second goal would fall that would put the definitive figures. Peña’s reflexes responded to the shot of the first two, but the Alicante goalkeeper could do nothing when Frenkie de Jong picked up his second rebound and gave the ball to ‘Auba’ on the goal line.
After the blaugranas managed to get ahead, Galatasaray advanced their lines but did not generate big situations that could worry Ter Stegen.