Schalke vs. Galatasaray: 5 Things We Learned

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Schalke vs. Galatasaray: 5 Things We Learned
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Galatasaray edged Schalke 3-2 in Gelsenkirchen on Tuesday, sealing progression to the Champions League quarterfinals following a 4-3 aggregate win.

The match was close from start to finish, and the tie could have swung in either direction until the closing moments. Roman Neustadter opened the scoring for S04 in the 17th minute, but Hamit Altintop and Burak Yilmaz fired Gala into the lead before half-time.

Needing two goals to progress, the hosts battled valiantly in the second half. They drew level through Michel Bastos on 63 minutes but were unable to get a decisive third goal as Gala dug deep and absorbed the increasing pressure. With seconds left in injury time, Umut Bulut finished off a counterattack, sealing the result of the match and tie in favor of the Turks.

Tuesday's match was thoroughly exciting and offered a great look into the character of both teams. There are plenty of take-home messages from the fixture and tie overall. Click "Begin Slideshow" for a rundown of the most important talking points.

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