Shrewsbury 0-3 Galatasaray: Drogba and Sneijder feature in comfortable victory

Galatasaray cruised to a 3-0 victory in a glamorous pre-season friendly away to League One opposition Shrewsbury Town.

It didn't take long for Greenhous Meadow to witness the first goal of the game as Emre Colak gave the 489 travelling visitors an early reason to cheer with a stunning shot from distance.

Noureddine Amrabat doubled their lead in the first half before Wesley Sneijder scored late on to round off their comfortable victory.

The hosts fielded a number of trialists as they look to bolster their squad for the new campaign, but also gave debuts to new arrivals Alex McQuaid, Dave Winfield and Tamika Mkandawire.

Galatasaray travelled with a star-studded squad but were also able to offer debuts to Aurélien Chedjou, Erman Kilic, Emre Kilinc in a game that helped prepare them for their participation in the Emirates Cup next August.

The visitors opened the scoring inside the first five minutes with a stunning long-range strike from Colak, receiving the ball on the edge of the box and beating Chris Weale on his right post with a left-footed effort.

Play steadied for Faith Terim’s side yet a narrow run and miss from Emmanuel Eboue midway through the first half and an audacious shot clipped off the bar from Colak kept Town on their toes.

Sabri Sarioglu led appeals for a penalty shortly after, however the last-minute sliding tackle on the Galatasaray captain was deemed fair by referee Ollie Langford, who waved play on.

But their lead was soon doubled when Amrabat latched onto a fine through-ball hit deep from their own half. The Morroco international was found perfectly on the left wing, racing past a flailing Shrewsbury defence and slotting the ball into the bottom right-hand corner.

A trio of substitutions including a complete re-vamp of their forward line followed for the home side in the second half who then came close through David Winfield, rising high from a Jon Taylor free kick to head narrowly wide.

But it was the introduction of Sneijder and Didier Drogba that provided the greatest noise from the 5812 in attendance; their appearance from the substitutes' bench after 67 minutes adding further spice to this pre-season friendly.

Shrewsbury were starting to make more chances and came closest through David McAllister, who carried the ball from midfield only to see his low shot inside the box fall just wide of the post.

But with just minutes remaining Galatasaray scored a third.

Yekta Kurtulus’ cross into the box allowed a shot on goal that required James Smith to dramatically head off the line, yet substitute Sneijder reacted quick to fire the re-bound into the roof of the net.

The visitors will now turn their attentions to a trip to Notts County on Tuesday night.


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