Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Real Madrid into the Champions League Semifinals Despite Losing 3-2 at Galatasaray

Real Madrid have reached the Champions League semifinals for the third straight season on Tuesday despite losing 3-2 following a second-half revival of Galatasaray by scoring 3 goals. This will be Madrid's 24th semifinal appearance in Europe's top-tier club competition, although the team has been eliminated at that stage the past two years.
 
Madrid’s Ronaldo looked to have wrapped up the quarterfinal series by scoring in the seventh minute for a 4-0 overall lead, requiring Galatasaray to score at least five goals to advance. The Portugal forward scored his second of the match in stoppage time for his 48th goal of the season, which includes a Real Madrid record of 11 in the Champions League. 
Madrid completely dominated the match until Eboue's 57th minute equalizer, which awakened Galatasaray's attack and was the start of a 16 minute span in which Galatasaray scored 3 goals transforming the match from a mild stroll to a frantic contest largely played in Madrid's last third. Forward Wesley Sneijder scored in the 71st, before Didier Drogba added another goal a minute later.
Madrid is feared for its deadly pace and firepower on the break, but its opening goal was a product of a passing combination, as Ronaldo slipped along the six yard box to redirect Sami Khedira's cross into the far side of the net with his right foot after Mesut Oezil had played his fellow Germany midfielder clear on the side.
Eboue equalized with a blast from the edge of the area into the top corner of the net following a pass by Sneijder.  Sneijder not done there made another beautiful touch to tap a pass beyond Raphael Varane, rounding the defender before slotting the ball home. Drogba expertly flicked in Nordin Amrabat's low cross with the back of his right heel while facing away from goal and fending off Varane to send the home fans wild.
Ronaldo polished off his team's qualification to the next round three minutes into injury time by converting substitute Karim Benzema's pass. That goal sealed the match for Real Madrid and its places into the semifinals with a 3-2 loss to Galatasaray
 

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