Mesut Özil Wins Squid Game (AKA The Intercontinental Derby)
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Sunday’s Intercontinental Derby between Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe featured two sides that are struggling to keep pace with the top of the Süper Lig, but it’s always a monumental occasion when the European side of Istanbul clashes with the Asian.
The scene at Galatasaray’s NEF Stadium was electric before kick-off, with players entering the pitch to one of this season’s greatest tifos. If there’s a contest going on without a reference to Squid Game these days, did a contest really even take place?
This Squid Game-inspired tifo at the Turkish derby between Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe pic.twitter.com/2SLff4lelu— B/R Football (@brfootball) November 21, 2021
The home side opened the scoring in the 16th minute through Kerem Aktürkoğlu, but Fenerbahçe equalized in the 31st with Mesut Özil scoring his fourth league goal in 10 games.
My baby Mesut Ozil banged that!!! pic.twitter.com/KdVhSXa7mV— Chineze (Ex Mrs Walcott Ozil's bae (@Amchizzy) November 21, 2021
Fenerbahçe went down to 10-men in the 82nd minute after Marcel Tisserand was given his second yellow, but the visitors still managed to find a dramatic winner four minutes into stoppage time after Miguel Crespo smashed an effort off the far post and in.
— Turgut YAMAN (@turgutyaman73) November 21, 2021
The victory lifts Fenerbahçe up to fifth — seven points behind leader Trabzonspor — while Galatasaray sits eighth, one point above fellow Istanbul rival Beşiktaş.
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