Galatasaray beat Olimpija Ljubljana in Champions League qualifiers

Galatasaray beat Olimpija Ljubljana in Champions League qualifiers

Lions take 3-0 win in 3rd qualifying round, 1st leg in Ljubljana; 2nd leg to be played Aug. 15 in Istanbul

By Can Erozden

Galatasaray beat Olimpija Ljubljana 3-0 on Tuesday in the UEFA Champions League to take a huge lead ahead of the second leg of the third qualifying round.

Turkish forward Kerem Akturkoglu scored an early goal in the area to give a 1-0 lead to the visitors at Stozice Stadium.

In the 48th minute, Galatasaray's Belgian midfielder Dries Mertens doubled the gap.

Mertens sent a through ball to his teammate Baris Alper Yilmaz, but Olimpija Ljubljana goalkeeper Matevz Vidovsek emptied his goal to tackle him. Mertens followed the loose ball and sent a low shot to beat him.

In the 91st minute, Halil Dervisoglu, Galatasaray's Turkish forward, made it 3-0 with a header. Akturkoglu whipped a cross from a corner to assist him.

Galatasaray have a big advantage for the second leg, which will be played on Aug. 15 at Istanbul's RAMS Park.

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