Jardel strikes gold for Galatasaray

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A golden goal for Galatasaray after 102 minutes, the goal scored by Jardel, the Brazilian striker. It is the first time a European final between clubs has been decided by the golden goal rule and it reverses a pre-season defeat the Turkish side suffered at the hands of the Spanish team in the Bayern Munich tournament a few weeks ago.

A golden goal for Galatasaray after 102 minutes, the goal scored by Jardel, the Brazilian striker. It is the first time a European final between clubs has been decided by the golden goal rule and it reverses a pre-season defeat the Turkish side suffered at the hands of the Spanish team in the Bayern Munich tournament a few weeks ago.

The scores had been deadlocked at 1-1 after a penalty apiece during the regulation 90 minutes.

All eyes had been on Luis Figo from the start as the Portuguese forward made his first competitive appearance for Real Madrid following his £37m transfer from Barcelona. Showing the same footwork and elusive running that made him so outstanding at Euro 2000, he did not disappoint in the early stages as the European Cup holders established a stranglehold on the game.

Galatasaray, however, were not prepared to sit back and play stooges to their more glamorous opponents and, in an opening period littered with stoppages and four yellow cards, they demonstrated to their noisy followers here that they had no intention of losing.

Real, of course, were without several of the men who had shone in Paris against Valencia last May including, notably, both Steve McManaman and Fernando Redondo. The newly-shaped side looked, predictably, lacking in balance and understanding and too much was expected of Figo, who was well marked.

After 12 minutes he had a 15-yard drive saved, then he floated a shot over the bar a minute later, before firing wide after 17 minutes. The Brazilian winger Favio also had one effort saved before Galatasaray, spoiling at every opportunity, even had their first shot on target.

The goal came when Hakan Unsal launched a long run from deep in his own half which carried him into the Real penalty area where he was brought down by Ivan Campo. The prolific Jardel, signed in the close season from Porto, converted the spot kick with a low shot to Casillas' right.

The Uefa Cup holders continued to frustrate their more illustrious opponents after the interval when Gheorghe Hadi, mixing his extravagant skills with unnecessary shows of petulance, threatened at times to add a second goal for them.

His splendidly-struck shot, following a free-kick, could have found its way into the net but for a diving save by Iker Casillas. Real responded, but their attacks were fitful and from their best opening when Favio supplied Raul, the Spanish striker hoisted his shot high and wide.

Figo's night went from mediocre to unhappy in the second period, too, and he was shown the fifth yellow card of the night after 70 minutes for a foul on, predictably, Gheorghe Hagi, who had managed to irritate almost everyone. But Madrid came back and levelled after 78 minutes when they were awarded a penalty for hand ball and Raul scored with his most accurate shot of the night.

Real Madrid (4-4-2): Casillas; Geremi, Ivan Campo (Conceição, 66), Celades (Salgado, 99), Roberto Carlos; Makelele, Guti (Munitis 53), Helguera, Savio; Raul, Vigo. Substitutes not used: Cesar, Karanka, Solari, Tote.

Galatasaray (4-4-2): Taffarel; Bulent, Capone (Fatih 84), Popescu, Umit; Emre, Okan (Hasan 81), Suat, Hagi (Bulent 72); Jardel, Hakan Ãœnsal. Substitutes not used: Kerem, Ahmet, Serkan, Hasik, Bulent.

Referee: Günter Benko (Austria).

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