Following their 3-0 loss away to Real Madrid, Galatasaray went close to completing a Champions League miracle in Istanbul after taking a 3-1 lead with 20 minutes remaining - but their dreams were short-lived.

Despite conceding early through Cristiano Ronaldo's goal, which involved a hint of offside, the home side continued to battle on to get some sort of result - in particular, a win.

However, it wasn't until the second half when things went their way. As Nordin Amrabat arrived on the pitch to replace Hamit Altintop, this added some life to the game with the assistance of the Moroccan's dribbling and 

creative skills.

It was in the 57th minute, when it was once again Ronaldo with a chance to score, only to fail to figure out his feet to convert the pass played in by Angel Di Maria.

This led to an attack led by Wesley Sneijder, who cut the ball back from the left side which allowed Emmanuel Eboue to bury a superb strike with the outside of his boot from 18 yards into the top-left corner of the net. 

In the 62nd minute, Gala created another opportunity, only to fail to convert it. On this occasion, it was due to sloppy defensive work from the Spanish side. The ball fell to Sneijder's feet from a bad clearance but, unfortunately, the Dutchman struck it with his unfavored foot.

But the home side didn't stop there. With more than 50,000 loud fans behind them, as they have been throughout the tournament, it seemed like anything was possible.

Thus, after Sabri Sarioglu's introduction, he made an impact - creating room and giving a wonderful pass which Sneijder received before taking a sublime first touch to nutmeg Raphael Varane and net his team's second goal. 

Only two minutes following the second, Galatasaray netted a third. This time through other star winter signing, Didier Drogba. Amrabat, who received a pass from Eboue, beat his opponent and produced a great low cross for the Ivorian to intelligently flick on behind his front leg.

It was almost too good to be true as plenty of time was on their hands to produce a miracle.

But it appeared that the Madrid defence had learnt what was going wrong as they didn't allow another attempt on target for the remainder of the match. This was helped on as Raul Albiol replaced Mesut Ozil to form a five-man defence.

In the 89th minute Alvaro Arbeloa, who conceded a yellow card, was rewarded a second shortly forcing him to be sent off.

But by now it was assured that Galatasaray would find it impossible to add to the three goals already registered.

To bring them back down to earth, through a quick break, Benzema centred the ball for Ronaldo to finish comfortably making the scores 3-2 on the night and 5-3 on aggregate.

Real Madrid survived an astonishing fightback to reach their 24th semi-final.

 

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