Mohamed: Egyptian hopes of Afcon mark as Galatasaray holds Istanbul Basaksehir
Super submarine Mostafa Mohamed was Galatasaray’s hero after scoring in the Super Lig 1-1 game against Istanbul Basaksehir on Saturday.
Although the visitors took an early lead at the NEF Stadium, the Egypt international saved a point for the hosts with a second-half finish.
Still fresh from a 1-0 loss to Sivasspor in the last outing, Fatih Terim’s men welcomed the Gray Owls who won their last two league outings.
Despite a courageous start for the home side, it was the visitors who took the lead in the 20th minute thanks to Stefano Okaka who was assisted by Hasan Ali Kaldirim.
That goal was a reality check for Galatasaray, nonetheless, they were unable to restore parity with Mbaye Diagne being caged by Basaksehir’s backline.
Even during several substitutions made by manager Terim, his team couldn’t tame the Owls who put on a solid defensive display.
While Istanbul Basaksehir looked destined to win all points, Mohamed – who replaced Diagne in the 65th minute – proved to be the hero as his efforts shared the honors.
Alexandru Cicaldau delivered a brilliant corner and the loaned player from Zamalek headed the ball past goalkeeper Muhammed Sengezer to send the home side into a wild jubilation.
The effort turned out to be the 24-year-old’s fourth league goal in the 2021-22 campaign after 14 appearances.
Mohamed is expected to be part of Egypt’s final squad for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations presented in Cameroon as the Pharaohs face Nigeria, Guinea-Bissau and Sudan in Group D.
Another Afcon candidate, Sofiane Feghouli, who represents Algeria, was given the incumbent role, but was replaced by Halil Dervisoglu in the 66th minute, while Congolese Christian Luyindama was not registered for the draw.
On the other side, Burundi international Youssouf Ndayishimiye was in action from start to finish for Emre Belozoglu, while Cape Verde Carlos Ponck was an unused replacement.
As a result, Galatasaray fell to 10th place in the table after accumulating 24 points in 17 matches, while his opponents climbed to third place after collecting 29 points for the same number of top-flight matches. Turkish.