Barcelona advance with comeback victory over Galatasaray

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Blaugrana advanced to the quarterfinals of the UEFA Europa League as he exited after a 2-1 victory over Galatasaray in Istanbul.

The hosts took an early lead through a Marcao header, but the Blaugrana staged a fine comeback with goals from Pedri and  Aubameyang.

The first big chance of the game crossed Barcelona’s way 10 minutes later, as Frankie De Jong found himself facing Inaki Pena, but his shot went wide of the post.

Galatasaray took the lead 28 minutes later, one of which was when they met Marco, who hit home the ball with his head.

Barcelona reached the top nine minutes later thanks to Pedri’s fine strike. Ferran Torres found the 19-year-old with a good back pass, and the youngster skipped two slides before driving home safely.

The Blaugrana advanced four minutes after the start, as the ball found its way to De Jong in the box, who hit Aubameyang with a header to drive home from close range.

The match then went into a tailspin, with Barcelona holding Galatasaray back, but they were unable to increase their lead.

That being said, the home side had fewer opportunities. Mohamed hit a shot at the target before Kerem came in behind Barcelona’s defensive line and ran to the post, but his crossing to Morutan was far from the player.

Barcelona looked to have wrapped up the extra time as Ferran Torres found himself in the middle of the box, but his hard work came back out, before the assistant referee’s flag hoisted to indicate he was offside.

However, Xavi Hernandez’s side have done enough and will be in Friday’s final eight Europa League tournament.

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