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Madrid firepower too much for Galatasaray

Published: Wednesday 3 April 2013, 22.55CET
Real Madrid CF 3-0 Galatasaray AŞ
Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuaín all scored as the nine-time champions closed in on a record 24th semi-final.
by Paul Bryan
from Santiago Bernabéu

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Real MadridGalatasaray

Goals scored3
 
0
on target10
 
4
off target2
 
7
Corners2
 
4
Offsides3
 
1
Fouls committed16
 
19
Yellow cards4
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0
Possession (%)48
 
52

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Published: Wednesday 3 April 2013, 22.55CET

Madrid firepower too much for Galatasaray

Real Madrid CF 3-0 Galatasaray AŞ
Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuaín all scored as the nine-time champions closed in on a record 24th semi-final.

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.

Having sat out the round of 16 second-leg victory at Manchester United FC, Benzema appeared hungry for action, nodding Ángel Di María's early cross wide before combining with Mesut Özil. The German's slick pass set Ronaldo clear of the defence and his chipped finish past the advancing Fernando Muslera promptly supplied the tie's opening goal.

The Istanbul outfit – confidently boasting an attacking formation throughout – had won their last three UEFA Champions League away games and soon demonstrated why with a clever move, Didier Drogba spinning away from Raphaël Varane only to lash a shot over the bar. Victorious last year with Chelsea FC, Drogba then drew a fisted save from Diego López as Galatasaray continued to probe. 

Their forward momentum sporadically checked by the Turkish Super League leaders, Madrid were nevertheless the more potent attacking force and increased their lead in the 29th minute. Michael Essien, chosen ahead of Álvaro Arbeloa, lofted a ball towards the far post where, with Emmanuel Eboué and Semih Kaya failing to cut out the cross, Benzema netted with a shot that went in off Muslera's right-hand post.

Presented with a glorious chance to make amends as the half progressed, Eboué could only drill his attempt straight at the legs of Diego López. Opportunities carried on coming for Galatasaray; after the interval Felipe Melo scurried forward before blasting wide.  

Having ended Madrid's run of six straight last-16 eliminations when he took over in in 2010, Mourinho has guided the Merengues to successive semi-finals and his eagerness to make it a third was visible as he waved his players on in search of a third goal. His instructions were followed to the letter, substitute Higuaín registering a timely first goal in this season's competition – rising to head in Xabi Alonso's free-kick and put Madrid firmly in the driving seat ahead of Tuesday's return leg.

Last updated: 05/04/13 0.09CET

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Lineups

real madrid

Real Madrid

galatasaray

Galatasaray

41
Diego LópezDiego López (GK)
25
MusleraFernando Muslera (GK)
2
VaraneRaphaël Varane
4
Hamit AltıntopHamit Altıntop
Substitution78
4
RamosSergio Ramos (C)
Yellow Card90
8
Selçuk İnanSelçuk İnan (C)
5
Fábio CoentrãoFábio Coentrão
10
Felipe MeloFelipe Melo
Yellow Card71
6
KhediraSami Khedira
11
RieraAlbert Riera
Substitution83
7
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
Goal9
12
DrogbaDidier Drogba
Yellow Card74
9
BenzemaKarim Benzema
Goal29
Substitution65
13
NounkeuDany Nounkeu
Yellow Card41
10
ÖzilMesut Özil
Substitution80
14
SneijderWesley Sneijder
Substitution46
14
Xabi AlonsoXabi Alonso
Yellow Card84
17
Burak YılmazBurak Yılmaz
Yellow Card78
15
EssienMichael Essien
Yellow Card84
26
Semih KayaSemih Kaya
22
Di MaríaÁngel Di María
Substitution86
27
EbouéEmmanuel Eboué

Substitutes

13
AdánAntonio Adán (GK)
67
Eray İşcanEray İşcan (GK)
3
PepePepe
Substitution86
5
Gökhan ZanGökhan Zan
Substitution46
8
KakáKaká
19
Umut BulutUmut Bulut
Substitution78
12
MarceloMarcelo
22
Hakan BaltaHakan Balta
17
ArbeloaÁlvaro Arbeloa
35
Yekta KurtuluşYekta Kurtuluş
19
ModrićLuka Modrić
Substitution80
Yellow Card90+2
53
AmrabatNordin Amrabat
Substitution83
20
HiguaínGonzalo Higuaín
Substitution65
Goal73
55
Sabri SarıoğluSabri Sarıoğlu

Coach

José Mourinho (POR) Fatih Terim (TUR)

Referee

Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)

Assistant referees

Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR), Frank Andås (NOR)

Fourth official

Sven Erik Midthjell (NOR)

Additional assistant referees

Ken Henry Johnsen (NOR), Svein-Erik Edvartsen (NOR)

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