Lokomotiv derailed by Gala - Barca win
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The game was open throughout, with chances aplenty at both ends, but it was Turkish giants Gala who had the killer touch in front of goal.
Teenage defender Mohamed Sarr assured himself hero status in Istanbul with the opening goal just two minutes after entering the fray as a substitute.
The 18-year-old showed great desire to meet a Fabio Pinto cross on 72 minutes and direct his header past Sergei Ovchinnikov in the Lokomotiv goal.
Gala gleaned confidence from the goal and doubled their advantage ten minutes from time.
Arif Erdem (pictured) took advantage of some sloppy defending to lash a shot past the exposed Ovchinnikov to seal the win.
Lokomotiv had chances, with Faryd Mondragon denying Vadim Evseev a goal on a number of occasions with a string of athletic saves.
Louis van Gaal`s Barca started with a win, seeing off Belgian side Brugge 3-2.
Luis Enrique netted the first after good work by Patrick Kluivert, but a penalty by Timmy Simons brought Brugge level.
Gaizka Mendieta restored Barcelona`s lead on 38 minutes with a deft free-kick, but the best was saved until moments before the break when Javier Saviola (pictured) jinked past defenders before stabbing the ball home.
Barca always like to keep the crowd interested, and a failure to convert chances nearly cost them dear as Gaetan Englebert scored for Brugge with five minutes remaining, but the Spaniards held on for the win.
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