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Galatasaray clinches Ziraat Turkey Cup for 18th time

Istanbul giants Galatasaray defeated late Wednesday Aegean contenders Akhisarspor in final of Ziraat Turkey Cup 3-1.

Istanbul football giant Galatasaray beat Akhisarspor 3-1 to win the Turkish Cup on Wednesday.

Akhisar's Elvis Manu scored the first goal in the 56th minute at the match held in 4 Eylul Stadium in central Anatolian Sivas province.

Galatasaray's goals came from Sinan Gumus in the 80th minute, Sofiane Feghouli in the 88th minute and Mbaye Diagne in the 90th minute.

Akhisar's Miguel Lopes received a red card in the 78th minute.

Galatasaray's Diagne also missed a penalty shot in the 65th minute.

In the semifinals, Akhisar beat Umraniyespor while Galatasaray defeated Evkur Yeni Malatyaspor to reach the finals.

Galatasaray, the Lions, are the most successful club in the Turkish Cup history having 18 titles as the winners.

Akhisar are the 2018 Turkish Cup winners.

Already-relegated from Super Lig, Akhisar tried to defend last year's Turkish Cup honors against Galatasaray.

From top-tier football league, Akhisar became the first team to relegate to the lower league at the end of this season.

Galatasaray are at the top of Turkish league before the last two matches in the season.

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