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Oct 21, 2015 at 7.45pm UK at Turk Telekom Arena
Inan (19' pen.), Podolski (33')
FT(HT: 2-1)
Gaitan (2')

Result: Galatasaray win to keep qualification hopes alive

Goals from Selcuk Inan and Lukas Podolski give Galatasaray a 2-1 win over Benfica.

Reigning Turkish champions Galatasaray recovered from going a goal down early on to beat Benfica 2-1 in an entertaining encounter at the Turk Telekom Arena this evening.

The hosts, who had not won in their last 10 European fixtures, responded magnificently to their early setback to beat a Benfica side who had won their two opening Champions League group fixtures.

Galatasaray players celebrate after Galatasaray's German forward Lukas Podolski scored the second goal during the UEFA Champions League football match between Galatasaray AS and SL Benfica at the Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleks stadium in Istanbul on October 2© Getty Images

Benfica winger Nicolas Gaitan continued his excellent Champions League goalscoring form when he notched his third in as many games with a delicate finish inside the opening two minutes.

The goal woke Galatasaray up, however, and Wesley Sneijder led the fightback as he tested Julio Cesar with a long-range free kick, then planted a corner straight onto the head of Hakan Balta only for the defender's effort to be flicked clear by Cesar.

The equaliser finally came when Andre Almeida was penalised for handball, with Selcuk Inan stepping up to hammer the penalty into the top corner.

Galatasaray's first-half comeback was then completed when Lukas Podolski drilled an effort under the body of Cesar just after the half-hour mark.

Sneijder saw his deflected strike cannon off the upright just minutes after the restart, before Umut Bulut's point-blank header from the Dutchman's corner was acrobatically saved by Cesar with his legs.

Galatasaray's German forward Lukas Podolski celebrates scoring during the UEFA Champions League football match between Galatasaray AS and SL Benfica at the Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleks stadium in Istanbul on October 21, 2015.© Getty Images

Podolski then collected Sneijder's pass and riffled a powerful shot inches wide of Cesar's upright as the home side tried to put the game to bed.

One of the night's biggest cheers came as Burak Yilmaz completed his comeback from injury with a 15-minute cameo appearance from the bench.

The striker couldn't score the goal that would have made the final minutes a more comfortable experience for Hamza Hamzaoglu, but despite a late push by Benfica, Galatasaray held on for all three points.

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