Estadio Santiago Bernabéu - Madrid 03/04/2013 - 20:45CET (20:45 local time)

Quarter-finals, First leg

Real Madrid - Galatasaray
3-0

Real Madrid - Galatasaray 3-0 - 03/04/2013 - Match page - UEFA Champions League 2013

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Madrid firepower too much for Galatasaray

Published: Wednesday 3 April 2013, 22.00CET
Madrid firepower too much for Galatasaray 
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Real Madrid CF took a significant step towards a record 24th European Cup semi-final as José Mourinho's side proved too strong for Galatasaray AŞ.

With visiting coach Fatih Terim admitting a defeat for his team would cause no surprises, Madrid moved quickly to justify that opinion and took the lead nine minutes into this quarter-final – Cristiano Ronaldo chipping in his 18th goal in in his last 16 UEFA Champions League appearances. Karim Benzema doubled the nine-time winners' advantage shortly before the half-hour and his second-half replacement Gonzalo Higuaín headed a third 17 minutes from time.

Match in 5

  • Madrid on course for record 24th semi-final, third in a row
  • Ronaldo hits opener to become tournament's top scorer
  • Benzema and Higuaín also on target in 3-0 win
  • Opener is 200th visitors have conceded in competition
  • Second leg in Istanbul on 9 April

Reaction

If we score a goal [in the second leg] they have to score five, but in football I have seen so many incredible things that nothing can surprise me.

José Mourinho, Madrid coach

José Mourinho, Madrid coach

My players did their best. Despite all our hard work and training, we did not expect to concede goals like that. You need to minimise mistakes in these games.

Fatih Terim, Galatasaray coach

Fatih Terim, Galatasaray coach

 

Player rater

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Match statistics

Real Madrid
Galatasaray

3

Goals scored

0

48

Possession (%)

52

12

Total attempts

11

10

Attempts on target

4

2

Attempts off target

7

3

Attempts blocked

0

0

Attempts against woodwork

0

2

Corners

4

3

Offsides

1

4

Yellow cards

4

0

Red Cards

0

16

Fouls committed

19

17

Fouls suffered

14

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Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
    An ideal outcome for José Mourinho. Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuaín got the goals to give Madrid a firm grip on this tie. A tough trip to Istanbul awaits on Tuesday, but the hosts will feel they have enough of a cushion to be confident of taking a third consecutive semi-final place.
  • Yellow Card
    90+2
    Modrić (Real Madrid) is shown a yellow card.
  • Yellow Card
    90
    Ramos (Real Madrid) is shown a yellow card.
    A late booking rules the defender out of the second leg.
  • Substitution
    86
    Pepe (in) - Di María (out) (Real Madrid)
  • Yellow Card
    84
    Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid) is shown a yellow card.

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