Champions League — 10 April 2013

Real Madrid is in for their third consecutive semi-final

Galatasaray won the match 3-2, but with an overall of 5-3 that qualified the ‘merengues’.

The Real Madrid qualified to its third consecutive semifinal of the Champions League after a fright after the third goal in the ‘Turkish hell’, in a match were Cristiano sentenced the match early in the game.

Jose Mourinho put Real Madrid to the place where as history deserves to be. Forgotten the problems of the past to overcome the second round, gets through for the third consecutive year to semifinals, noted as one of the favorites after beating the tough test at Manchester and eliminate Galatasaray.

Reach quarterfinals had enough merit for the Turkish team. His lowest performance was evident at the Bernabeu but the Turk Telekom Arena makeup them with other virtues.

The Real Madrid came out without trusts. Without thinking in of the three-goal lead, started pushing, avoided being locked in his field, with the security of having recovered Pepe in central defense that was in charge to stop alongside Varane to Drogba, the key player in winning the last Champions League for Chelsea.

There were occasions where Madrid could exploit speed but they spare. Di Maria missed a heads-up. Real Madrid played the second half with intensity, forgiving in a very clear chance again, a pass from Di Maria left behind Ronaldo who sent it off.

Eboué equalized the match in the 57th minute with an unstoppable forehand to the squad. It was the spark that Galatasaray needed to save their pride and became the absolute ruler.

Sneijder missed a chance after an overconfidence mistake from Varane, but another error from the French allowed Sneijder score defeteating Diego Lopez. Immediately came in the next play Drogba took the danger zone and finished heel to the net, an amazing goal.

The alarm lights turn on for Madrid had conceded two goals in just a few seconds and saw with danger their qualification if they kept his relaxation.

Raul Albiol Mourinho got in to increase the defensive strength,  and after the fright, Cristiano reassure the fans with his eleventh goal of the season in Champions League, after an action from Benzema.

The road to the ‘Tenth’, the great goal of Real Madrid, added a new step.



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