A little too late

ISTANBUL - Galatasaray left it a little bit too late, beating Read Madrid at the Turk Telekom Arena but failing to progress to the semifinals of the UEFA Champions league.

The Turkish side beat Los Blancos 3-2 on Tuesday.

Madrid, however, progress thanks to their 3-0 win at home in the first leg.

Real opened the scoring in the seventh minute. Cristiano Ronaldo latched on to a Sami Khedira pass, which split the backline, and the Portuguese star tapped it in for his tenth Champions league goal this season.

Whatever was said in the Galatasaray changing room at halftime seemed to do the trick. They came out with a renewed sense of determination. Emmanuel Eboue leveled matters in the 58th minute, sloppy defending by the Madrid backline allowed a ball to cross the area, and Eboue let fly a venomous shot that Diego Lopez had no chance of saving.

Wesley Snjeider took the home side into the lead in the 70th minute, stepping inside to lose his marker and releasing a thunderous shot.

With Madrid's defence still collecting themselves at the back, Didier Drogba scored an absolute stunner two minutes later. The Ivorian star, unable to turn in time to meet a pass, back heeled the ball into the net past a shell-shocked Lopez.

It seemed that Galatasaray might have had the firepower to score two more goals to comeback, but Ronaldo, ever the savior for Madrid, had other plans. The forward scored his 11th goal two minutes into extra time, sealing Galatasaray's fate and making sure Madrid progress to the semifinals.

- eNCA

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