Newly promoted Yukatel Denizlispor shutout current champions of the Turkish Super Lig with a score of 2-0 in the opening match of the new season Friday at Denizli Ataturk Stadium.
A couple of bad breaks helped the upstart Denizlispor against Istanbul giants Galatasaray including a missed penalty kick by veteran midfielder Selcuk Inan.
At the end of the first half, Galatasaray’s Brazilian defender Marcao was sent off after receiving a second yellow card, leaving the champs to play the rest of the match a man down.
In the second half of the match, Yukatel Denizlispor’s Recep Niyaz finally broke the deadlock with a goal in the 75th minute.
It was the first of the 2019-2020 Turkish Super Lig season.
Colombian forward Hugo Rodallega added an insurance goal in stoppage time to secure the win.
Saturday’s fixtures in Super Lig:
Genclerbirligi-Caykur Rizespor at 1615GMT
Istikbal Mobilya Kayserispor-Alanyaspor at 1845GMT
Demir Grup Sivasspor-Besiktas at 1845GMT