- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AP) - Kazakhstan’s FC Astana earned its first ever point in the Champions League with a 2-2 draw against Galatasaray on Wednesday in a match that featured three own goals.

Galatasaray led 1-0 until the 77th minute through Bilal Kisa’s long-range goal before a string of defensive blunders decided the Group C game.

First, Astana drew level at 1-1 when Galatasaray goalkeeper Fernando Muslera palmed Junior Kabananga’s cross into defender Hakan Balta, who watched with horror as the ball bounced off him and into his own net.

Galatasaray retook the lead nine minutes later as Astana goalkeeper Nenad Eric fumbled a cross from Sinan Gumus and it bounced over the goal line.

Astana’s 89th-minute equalizer came when Muslera punched the ball out to Astana’s Roger Canas, who met the clearance with a header. The ball went in off Galatasaray defender Lionel Carole’s foot as he desperately tried to hook it away.

Galatasaray has one point from two games, which is likely to increase the pressure on coach Hamza Hamzaoglu following a difficult start to the season.

It was the first game in the main stages of the Champions League to be held in the Central Asian nation of Kazakhstan, which has been considered part of Europe for football purposes since 2002.


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