Real Sociedad 1 Galatasaray 1
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The match began rather slowly with both sides eager to avoid conceding the early advantage by making a costly mistake and handing the initiative to the opponents.
Agustin Aranzabal caused the visitors problems with some intricate play down the left, while Valery Karpin's set pieces looked the most likely avenue for an opening goal.
Moments after Galatasaray avoided a scare when hooking off their own line, the Turks broke down the field and Goktan's superb pass found Hakan Sukur who made no mistake with the finish.
The former Blackburn and Internazionale hit-man cleverly clipped the ball past the onrushing Alberto for a crucial opening strike into the far post after 26 minutes.
While Nihat Kahveci is still an in-demand commodity, the Turkish international has failed to recapture last season's blistering form, encapsulated in a close-range finish wide of target.
Lopez Rekarte fashioned the home side's best chance of the opening half when he burst into the box, before cutting onto his right foot and flashing a shot just wide of Faryd Mondragon's goal.
The home side came out all guns blazing after the break and deservedly levelled matters when Oscar de Paula controlled Xabi Alonso's free-kick to fire past the helpless Mondragon.
Gala, upset at losing their lead began to lose their temper, with Goktan taking exception to Igor Gabilondo's overhead kick, which he deemed dangerous to himself.
Nihat continued to look dangerous, however Mondragon was on hand to stop his effort, while at the other end Bjorn Tore Kvarme did well to block Sukur's goal-bound effort.
Despite a late onslaught from the visitors they could not break down the Spaniards' resolute defence leaving them to contemplate competing for the Uefa Cup that they won four years ago.