Barcelona continued its career in the European Football Championship, after qualifying for the quarter-finals of the continental competition, after its valuable and deserved victory 2-1 over its Turkish host, Galatasaray, today, Thursday, in the second leg of the 16th round of the tournament.
Sporting Braga, Portugal’s, Glasgow Rangers, and Italy’s Atalanta also booked their places in the quarter-finals, after the results they achieved in the second leg in the round of 16 today.
Barcelona and Galatasaray teams needed to win today’s meeting, which took place in the Turkish city of Istanbul, after they tied 0-0 in the first leg match that was held at the Camp Nou stadium, Barcelona’s stronghold, last Thursday.
Galatasaray scored in the 28th minute through Brazilian Marcao, but Barcelona rose in time, to score the equalizer for Pedri in the 37th minute, before Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the second goal in the 49th minute.
With this victory, Barcelona, who has maintained an unbeaten record in its last 11 matches in various competitions, gained a very good momentum before its upcoming meeting with its host and arch-rival Real Madrid next Sunday, in the Spanish League.
Barcelona seeks to complete its campaign in the tournament in order to draw a smile on the faces of its fans, who were frustrated by the team’s shaky results in various other tournaments this season, as it exited early from the group stage of the European Champions League, before failing to win the King of Spain Cup and the Spanish Super Cup, His chances of winning the Spanish League became almost nil.
Sporting Braga got the ticket to the quarter-finals, after drawing 1-1 with its French host, Monaco.
Spain’s Abel Ruiz Ortega scored Braga’s goal in the 19th minute, before Axel Desassi scored the equalizer for Monaco in the 90th minute.
The first leg match, which was held between the two teams last week, ended with Sporting Braga winning 2-0, so that the Portuguese team won the nomination paper after winning 3/1 in the total of the first and return matches.
Glasgow Rangers qualified for the quarter-finals as well, despite losing 1-2 to its Serbian host Red Star, where the Scottish team benefited from its 3-0 victory in the first leg last Thursday.
Red Star advanced with an early goal signed by Mirko Ivanic in the tenth minute, but Ryan Kent gave Glasgow Rangers the equalizer in the 56th minute.
In the third minute of stoppage time for the second half, Alvardo Bin Nabuhan added the second goal for Red Star from a penalty kick.
Atalanta grabbed the ticket for the quarter-finals, after its precious 1-0 victory over its German host Bayer Leverkusen, to repeat its superiority over its opponent after beating it 3-2 in the first leg.
Jeremy Boga took the lead in the match, after scoring the Italian team’s only goal in the 90th minute.
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