Real Madrid vs. Galatasaray: Champions League Quarterfinal 1st Leg Live Score
UEFA Champions League Quarterfinal 1st Leg
Real Madrid 3-0 Galatasaray (full time result)
—Cristiano Ronaldo, 9' (1-0)
—Karim Benzema, 28' (2-0)
—Gonzalo Higuain, 72' (3-0)
- 25 Diego Lopez
- 02 Varane
- 04 Ramos
- 05 Coentrao
- 06 Khedira
- 07 Ronaldo
- 10 Ozil
- 14 Alonso
- 15 Essien
- 22 Di Maria
- 09 Benzema
- 25 Muslera
- 13 Dany Nounkeu
- 26 Kaya
- 27 Eboue
- 04 Altintop
- 08 Inan
- 10 Felipe Melo
- 11 Riera
- 14 Sneijder
- 17 Yilmaz
- 12 Drogba
Thanks very much for joining me tonight, be sure to stick around the site for plenty of post-game reaction in the coming hours and I will be back at the weekend for the next round of live commentary.
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Full time result from the Santiago Bernabeu
Real Madrid 3 (Ronaldo, Benzema, Higuain)
MOTM: Xabi Alonso
So Real Madrid in prime position to make it through to the Champions League semifinals after that convincing 3-0 win over Galatasaray in the first leg. The Turkish team will find it difficult in the return leg without their top scorer Burak Yilmaz in particular.
Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and substitute Gonzalo Higuain have done the damage and it's a routine-looking result for the home side.
Real Madrid 3 Galatasaray 0
90+2'—Amrabat is held up on the left touchline and that will be almost it now. Three minutes were added on.
90'—Drogba whacks a free kick into the wall and it goes behind for a corner. Real clear the ball but Galatasaray have it back, and Modric is then booked for standing in the way of a free kick.
89'—Ramos is suspended for the second leg, by the way. 3-0 up from the first leg, purposely done perhaps?
88'—Real running down time, Gala still coming forward but without conviction or purpose. Largely hit and hope, until Alonso trips Eboue on the edge of the box. Yellow card for Sergio Ramos for kicking the ball away. Eboue probably dived there.
86'—Into the final few minutes of the first leg now. It's not looking great for Galatasaray when the teams head back to Turkey. They'll need a near-perfect game to get through to the semifinals. Without their top scorer, too.
Real Madrid sub: Angel Di Maria off, Pepe on
83'—Essien is shown a yellow card for bashing Amrabat to the ground as the Moroccan gets involved straight away.
Gala sub: Nordin Amrabat on for Albert Riera
81'—Modric involved straight away as he looks for a repeat of his Round of 16 strike, curling a shot from outside the penalty box. Muslera saves with ease though, on the stretch.
80'—Something for Lopez to do finally. Bulut cuts in and curls a shot from 25 yards, which bounces just in front of the goalkeeper's dive. Good save in the end.
Real Madrid sub: Mesut Ozil off, Luka Modric coming on. Good applause for Ozil as he goes off.
Galatasaray sub: Umut Bulut comes on for Hamit Altintop
77'—A disappointing night for Burak Yilmaz gets worse as he is shown a yellow card for diving, and he will miss the second leg. To make matters worse, it was in no way a dive—Sergio Ramos stood on his foot, and Galatasaray arguably should have had a penalty.
75'—Almost a fourth for Real. A ball evades Dany on his way into the penalty area and finds Ronaldo on the back post; he controls on the chest and tries for a spectacular volley but it's blocked by Eboue.
3-0, tie over? Alonso whips a free kick in, Higuain is unmarked and doesn't even have to jump, merely directs his header inside the near post to score his first Champions League goal of the season. 3-0 to Real Madrid.
Real Madrid 3 Galatasaray 0
Gonzalo Higuain, 72 mins
69'—Eboue breaks forward once more and feeds Drogba, but the Ivorian is forced wide. He tries to spin and cross, but only falls to ground and easily gives the ball back. At the other end, Ozil wins a free kick on the right side of the area and Felipe Melo is booked—wasn't his foul, so either a mistake by the official, or he made too much of a protest to the assistant.
67'—Essien and Riera clashing on the far touchline and both looking a little sore. Free kick to Real though and a chance to swing a dangerous ball into the box.
65'—Drogba crosses from the right and it flies across the six yard box, and Riera does the same from the opposite flank—cross cleared. Too few bodies in the area for the away team.
62'—Coentrao backheels the ball on as he tries to set up another chance, but Muslera is out quickly to gather up the ball. Gala break and Melo drives toward the area...before shooting miles wide. You sense that Real Madrid could go on and win this game by another goal or two if they decide to step up the tempo again.
61'—Should be 3-0, no doubt. Alonso finds Di Maria with a great pass and, cutting in from the left, Di Maria is through on goal...but fires his shot straight at Muslera.
59'—Inan fires a deep ball in towards Drogba in the penalty area, but it bounces off his chest and through to the goalkeeper Diego Lopez. It's not happening for Galatasaray.
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