Schalke vs. Galatasaray: 5 Key Battles to Watch

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Schalke vs. Galatasaray: 5 Key Battles to Watch
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Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (25) will miss out on Tuesday's action due to a knee injury.

Schalke and Galatasaray are set to kick off the second leg of their Champions League Round of 16 clash on Tuesday. And following their 1-1 draw in the first leg in Istanbul in February, there is still everything to play for.

Burak Yilmaz had the Turkish side cruising towards the quarterfinals following his early opener, but Jermaine Jones drew the visitors level on the stroke of halftime. The score remained deadlocked until full time, setting the stage for a thrilling finale in Gelsenkirchen.

The Germans were in a dearth of form at the time of the first leg, but enter Tuesday's match on a high note having won three consecutive matches including the Ruhr derby against arch-rivals Dortmund on Saturday. The most recent victory came at a hefty cost, however, as Klaas-Jan Huntelaar sustained a knee injury that will keep him sidelined for the second leg.

Gala won't have to worry about their striking options but have experienced an opposite run of form, having drawn and lost their last two matches, respectively. The Istanbul club still have plenty of talent in their squad, however, and will relish the chance to progress to the last eight of Europe's elite club competition.

Fans can expect a close match in the second leg, with the details making the difference between progression and elimination. Among those details are several key battles between the contestants. Click "Begin Slideshow" for a rundown of the ones to watch.

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