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Podolski seals Turkish Cup victory for Galatasaray over Fenerbahce

The German striker got the only goal in the latest installment of the Eternal Rivalry to give the Yellow-Reds the Istanbul bragging rights.

Podolski seals Turkish Cup victory for Galatasaray over Fenerbahce

A Lukas Podolski goal in the first half was enough to earn Galatasaray victory over bitter rivals Fenerbahce in the Turkish Cup final.

Galatasaray beat city rivals Fenerbahce 1-0 in the Turkish Cup final at Antalya on Thursday thanks to a first-half goal from German striker Lukas Podolski.

It was Galatasaray's third straight Cup victory and the 17th time they have won the competition in all.

The Cup win goes some way to appeasing fans after a campaign that had been an unmitigated disaster for last season's league champions, who had three managers this season and ended sixth despite the presence of stars like Wesley Sneijder and Podolski.

But it was also double disappointment for Fenerbahce, who came second in the Turkish Super Lig to Besiktas.