12pm ET and raining in Cleveland Ohio, 7pm in Istanbul and a glorious sunny evening.
Gerets has gone with a tried and trusted team no experiments with Ferhat and Ugur (good young players that they are), the only surprises being Song and Necati not starting but then Hasan Kabze is a good replacement.
And so the matches start with Mondaragon in a very smart new jersey, rather than the recent fluorescent one he has been wearing.
Well the matches might start once they clear the paper from the Denizli pitch! This will be no formality for Galatasaray with Kayseri fighting for a UEFA Cup poistion and both teams make a bright start, Mondragon having to be quick off his line to deny Kayseri. Then Ilic managed to miss from 1 yard after Hasan hit the bar. Agony. Hakan then blazed over from 10 yards out after a great run by Hasan Sas. Haydi cimbom. Winston No.2. Then Ilic missed another great chance, thats 3 in 10 minutes, come on. Again Ilic and then Hasan Kabze made a mess of clear chances, do they want to win????? this is getting irritating. Meanwhile in Denizli assorted Brazilians can be seen thrwoig themselves to the floor at every opportunity!
Winston No. 3. I have to cut down, but its either cigarettes or my nails!
18 mins GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Ilic from a Hasan Sas cross, yes, yes, yes get in you bastard.
Ali Sami Yen starts to go more mental than usual and dares to believe. Of course even if we win Denizli have not to lose. Come on the roosters.
What is wrong with Hasan Kabze tonight, he has made a mess of at least 4 good chances. Nerves, or just bad luck, or the wrong boots, lets hope he finds his shooting boots at some stage tonight.
And so the first half went on, Kayseri occasionly threatening and GS making lots of chances and wasting most of them, damn it!
This is getting to me, my nerves are toast, relying on Denizli not to lose is hard especially as their players are being assaulted at all turns and no yellow cards!!! Mind you some of GS defending is not helping either. Galatasaray need a second goal to be a bit safer of winning or it could all end in tears of despair rather than joy.
42 mins Denizli missed an open goal....aaaarrrggghhhh.
Half Time in Istanbul and at the moment GS will be the Champions.