Didier Drogba marks Galatasaray debut with goal

Updated: 16 February 2013 09:43 IST

Galatasary are due to play German side Schalke 04 next Wednesday in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Didier Drogba marks Galatasaray debut with goal

Istanbul, Turkey:

Didier Drogba came off the bench to score on his Galatasaray debut as his new Turkish side defeated bottom-club Akhisar 2-1 on Friday.


The former Chelsea star replaced Umut Bulut in the 63rd minute before heading in his team's opening goal just five minutes later.

Buruk Yilmaz made it 2-0 in the 70th minute with Sertan Vardar cutting the deficit with five minutes left.

Galatasaray now have an eight-point lead over Besiktas at the top of the Turkish first division.

Ivory Coast striker Drogba, 34, signed an 18-month contract with top-flight Galatasaray at the end of January but Shanghai Shenhua, with whom he signed on a two-and-a-half year deal in June last year, opposed the move.

He is being paid 10 million euros ($13.5 million) to play in Turkey with a bonus of 15,000 euros for every match played.

Galatasary are due to play German side Schalke 04 next Wednesday in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Drogba -- a Champions League winner with English Premier League club Chelsea last season -- is looking to relaunch his career in Europe and play at a higher standard than in China, with a view to being at the next World Cup in Brazil in 2014.



Topics : Football Galatasaray Didier Drogba
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