REAL Madrid progressed to the last four of the Champions League despite defeat on the night by a Galatasaray side whose second-half comeback had Jose Mourinho’s side in a panic.
Scorers: Galatasaray: Eboue (57), Sneijder (71), Drogba (72); Real Madrid: Ronaldo (8, 90)
Already three goals up from the first leg at the Bernabeu, the tie was seemingly put to bed when Cristiano Ronaldo converted Sami Khedira’s cross after seven minutes.
Mourinho was forced into his first change after 31 minutes when Michael Essien had to be replaced by Arbeloa due to a leg injury. An Emmanuel Eboue thunderbolt after 57 minutes brought Gala back level on the night, before Wesley Sneijder put the home side ahead after 70 minutes.
Seconds later Didier Drogba reduced the aggregate deficit further and although Real substitute Alvaro Arbeloa was dismissed late on after being shown a second yellow card, Ronaldo notched his second in injury time, as Madrid’s quest for an impressive tenth European Cup continued.
Galatasaray: Muslera, Eboue (Elmander 80), Zan, Kaya, Riera, Altintop (Amrabat 46), Felipe Melo, Inan, Sneijder, Bulut (Sarioglu 63), Drogba. Subs not used: Iscan, Aydin Yilmaz, Balta, Kurtulus.
Real Madrid: Diego Lopez, Essien (Arbeloa 31), Pepe, Varane, Fabio Coentrao, Khedira, Modric, Di Maria, Ozil (Albiol 81), Ronaldo, Higuain (Benzema 73). Subs not used: Casillas, Marcelo, Callejon, Morata.
Referee: S Lannoy. Attendance: 52,000