Road win gain Galatasaray Champions League quarterfinal berth

Didier DrugbaAfter a 1-1 draw in Istanbul Turkey, the Super Lig leaders turn around some what of a disappointing performance to gain a road win at schalke and move into the champions league quarterfinals.

The Turks started the game with high hopes of qualifying after investing heavily in the likes of Didier Drogba and Wesley sneijder during the transfer window.

With the two experience Champions League winners in the team the Turkish side expect to get a favorable result from the tie in hopes of advancing to the next stage.

The start of the match wasn’t the sort of opening the Turks had hoped for, with an early goal from Roman Neustadter put the German’s up 17th minutes in the first half saw Galatasaray hope fading away and Schalke one step closer to the quarterfinal stage.

However, Schalke’s lead didn’t last long with former player Hamit Altintop equalizing for Galatasaray on the 37th minute mark against his old club to score his first goal for the club.

The German side continue to press searching for the tie breaker leaving their defense exposed to the Turks counter attack and was punish by one of the Champions League leading goal scorer Burak Yilmaz who have eight goals alongside Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.

Schalke went on to pull level through former Lyon player  Michael Bastos in the 63rd minute but as they once again high press up field in search of a winner they fall victim to a late dagger from Umut Bulut to finish off the tie minutes from the final whistle.

The Turks move on 3-2 on aggregate for the first time since they last reach this stage in the competition in 2001.

As for the disappointing German’s it was time to lick their wounds and turn their focus to their upcoming Bundesliga fixture.

In the other quarterfinal tie played between Barcelona and AC Milan, the Spanish team advanced 4-2 on aggregate after trailing 2-0 in the first leg with goals from Lionel Messi, David Villa and Jordi Alba.

Ricardo Douglas

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