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Didier Drogba Scores Goal in His Galatasaray Debut

RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 30:  Didier Drogba during the 2013 African Cup of Nations match between Algeria and Ivory Coast at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on January 30, 2013 in Rustenburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IFebruary 15, 2013

Didier Drogba broke through for the first time with his new club, Galatasaray, on Friday, netting a crucial goal in his side's 2-1 win over Akhisar Belediye in the Turkish Super League.

The Ivory Coast star was making his debut for the Turkish football club after coming over from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua last month. Drogba broke the 0-0 deadlock in the 67th minute with a well-timed header, taking a feed from Burak Yilmaz in the penalty box and knocking it home.

First-place Galatasaray would go on to add another goal just a few minutes later, putting them ahead 2-0.

Sertan Vardar would add a late goal for Akhisar Belediye, but it would prove meaningless in the end, as Drogba's debut proved to be a jubilant one.

The 34-year-old world-class striker made a name for himself with English Premier League powerhouse Chelsea from 2004 to 2012, scoring 100 goals in just over 225 EPL appearances with the squad over that time. In May 2012, Drogba was key for the Blues in the club's first-ever UEFA Champions League final win over Bayern Munich. He would come away with Man of the Match honors. 

Galatasaray manager Fatih Terim has to love what he's seen from Drogba so far and can only wonder how many more goals the talented forward will pour in before the season concludes.

 

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