Dictating the tempo of the game, Turkish Cup contenders Galatasaray eased past their opponents thanks to goals scored by Swiss central midfielder Blerim Dzemaili, Turkish midfielder Emre Colak and Macedonian forward Goran Pandev, who scored twice.
Galatasaray now has the upper hand for advancing to the semifinals in the Turkish Cup.
The second leg between the sides will be played on Wednesday April 8 in Manisa province.
The Ziraat Turkish Cup, an annual domestic tournament in Turkey, is organized by the Turkish Football Federation. It is open to teams from every division and includes the highest one, Spor Toto Super League, and a lower one called Turkish Football Federation First League.
– Wednesday’s fixtures in Ziraat Turkish Cup are as follows:
Bursaspor vs Genclerbirligi at 18:30 local time (1630 GMT)
Mersin Idmanyurdu vs Fenerbahce at 20:30 local time (1830 GMT)