Real Madrid have pretty much rapped up their tie against Galatasaray, with Madrid earning a good 3-0 win and Cristiano Ronaldo scoring for the fourth Champions League match in a row. The game started lively, with Karim Benzema heading just wide from an Angel Di Maria cross in the opening seconds of the match. Amazingly, Los Blancos were up nine minutes into the match when Mesut Ozil played a neat one-two with Benzema before releasing Cristiano Ronaldo in on goal down the center. Ronaldo took the ball up to Gala goalkeeper Fernando Muslera, and cheekily chipped the ball over the goalkeeper. The shot flew into the back of the net, with the winger scoring his ninth goal in this seasons Champions League. Gala almost grabbed an equalizer in the thirteenth minute when Burak Yilmaz cleverly ran over a pass to let it run on to Didier Drogba. Drogba shook off Raphael Varane, but instead of taking the ball into the box powers a left-footed shot over the bar.
The match was incredibly open, with Ozil forcing Muslera into a good save with a low shot from the edge of the box in the eighteenth minute. Gala soon got another chance, with Drogba hitting a swerving effort on goal from thirty yards out in the twenty-sixth minute, forcing Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez to punch the ball away. Right before the half-hour mark Madrid doubled their lead, when Essien swung a deep cross into the box. Ronaldo just missed he header, and the ball fell to Benzema at the back post. Benzema took the ball out of the air, before slamming a shot into the back of the net. Continue reading
Real Madrid are set to take on Galatasaray at the Bernabeu in the first leg of their Champions League Quarterfinal tie, with Los Blancos looking to continue on their thirty-seven match unbeaten run at the Bernabeu. Madrid have not lost at home since January 2012, having drawn seven times and winning thirty-four times. Gala have also been on good form, and have only lost once since November. Los Blancos have also been on good form in the 2012/2013 Champions League, losing only once in the competition so far this season. Gala lost their first two Champions League matches this season, but have not lost since then. Surprisingly, the joint top scorers in this seasons Champions League face off in this match, with Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Gala’s Burak Yilmaz both (along with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi) scoring eight goals. It seems like Madrid should win the match, but amazingly, Gala have come off victors two times out of the last three meetings between the two sides. Whether Gala continue their good streak against Madrid or not, the match is sure to be exciting, so look out for my full time review, right here on Football Every Day!
German club Schalke 04 are considering appealing to Uefa against Didier Drogba’s appearance for Galatasaray in their Round of 16 Champions League match on Wednesday.
“There are doubts about the validity of the permission to play for Drogba in the Champions League. Schalke 04 reserves its rights and is looking into this,” Schalke tweeted.
Schalke were talking about the Ivorian’s move to Galatasaray in January from Shanghai Shenhua, after claiming that his contract with the Chinese club was terminated because of their failure to pay his wages for three months. But the Chinese club challenged his move, saying that he is still under a two-and-a-half-year contract with them.
If Schalke do win the appeal the two clubs probably would have to replay the match, but that might be bad for Schalke considering they managed a 1-1 draw last night, getting the valuable away goal.