Champions League semi-finalists: Real Madrid

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Real Madrid joined Borussia Dortmund in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League after a 5-3 aggregate victory over Turkish giants Galatasaray last week.

Spanish champions, Real Madrid are hoping win a 10th European trophy under coach Jose Mourinho. The Spanish side were drawn in Borussia Dortmund’s group alongside Manchester City and Ajax.

Their quest for the title began with an entertaining 3-2 victory over English Champions Manchester City at the Santiago Bernabeu courtesy of a last minute winner by Cristiano Ronaldo.  

That was followed by a 4-1 victory over Ajax in Amsterdam. A hat-trick from Ronaldo and a goal from Benzema ensured the Spanish champions secured all three points.

A 38th minute goal from Ronaldo was not enough for Madrid in Germany as they lost 3-1 against Dortmund. That defeat was followed by a 2-2 draw in the Bernabeu against Dortmund in the fourth game of the group stages.

Real Madrid would then go on to draw against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium to secure their place in the last 16 of the competition. To finish off the group, Real Madrid repeated their 4-1 thrashing of Ajax at home thanks to a brace from Callejon and a goal each for Ronaldo and Kaka

Manchester United were Real Madrid opponents in the last 16 of the competition. Madrid drew with United after an equaliser from superstar Ronaldo after falling behind to a Danny Welbeck header.

In the second leg, Madrid rode their luck after going a goal behind courtesy of an unfortunate own goal by Ramos but Modric and Ronaldo helped secure a famous 2-1 victory over United.

Real Madrid's task in the quarter-finals was Turkish champions Galatasaray. Goals from Ronaldo, Benzema and Higuain secured a comfortable 3-0 victory for Real Madrid. 

In Turkey, Ronaldo gave Los Blancos an early lead but a late fight back from Galatasaray thanks to Eboue, Snejider and Drogba threatened a revival until Ronaldo stepped up again to secure the tie.

Real Madrid have not hidden their desire to secure this seasons’ Champions League trophy especially after putting up an embarrassing defence of the Spanish title. 

With Ronaldo and Mourinho at their disposal few can argue that Madrid have the right men to help them secure La decima.


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