Real Madrid vs Galatasaray Live Stream and Highlights
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Date: April 3, 2013; Time: 6:45 PM UTC;
Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu — Madrid.
Los Blancos will aim to get positive result in the first-leg game at Santigo Bernabeu. Real Madrid will hope to take their 24th record semi-final appearance in the European Cup. The Turkish champions will try to show worthy game on Wednesday night.
Real Madrid is a big favourite against Galatasaray in this quarter-final. Real Madrid knocked out Manchester United, while Galatasaray passed through Schalke. Galatasaray have star players Sneijder and Drogba.
Madrid goes 2nd in La Liga with 62 points from 29 games. Los Merengues are behind Barcelona on 13 points. Their present form has seen 4 straight wins and 1 draw from last five games. Last five home games Los Blancos have finished with the same stats. They perhaps were lucky in their last round after Nani’s red card in the game against Manchester United. After a draw and a 2-1 win Madrid passed the Red Devils. Real Madrid are on a 37-game undefeated run at the Santiago Bernabeu across all competitions.
Galatasaray are at the top of Turkish Super Lig with 53 points from 23 games. They are 4 points above 2nd-placed Fenerbahce. Their present form has seen 1 draw, 1 loss and 3 wins from last five games. Last five away from home matches Galatasaray have finished with 2 draws and 3 wins. They are full of confidence after an excellent 2-3 away win over Schalke in the previous round of the Champions League. Also, Galatasaray have won 10 of their last 18 away European fixtures.
Burak Yilmaz and Cristiano Ronaldo are two top scorers in this season’s Champions League with 8 goals.
Real Madrid have a fully-fit squad to chose from. Defenders Raphael Varane and Fabio Coentrao have recovered from injuries. Diego Lopez is expected in goal ahead of Iker Casillas, despite the captain has recoverd from injury. Xabi Alonso, Sami Khedira, Mesut Ozil and Angel Di Maria were rested in 1-1 draw with Zaragoza this weekend, but they all will return to the starting line-up.
Galatasaray head coach Fatih Terim could play with the same squad that overcame Schalke in the previous round. Galatasaray has no injury worries, with just Tomas Ujfalusi is long term injured.
Real Madrid line-up: Lopez, Arbeloa, Varane, Ramos, Coentrao, Khedira, Alonso, Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo, Benzema.
Last three matches:
Zaragoza 1 – Real Madrid CF 1;
Real Madrid CF 5 – Mallorca 2; LIGA
Celta 1 – Real Madrid CF 2.
Galatasaray line-up: Muslera, Eboue, Semih, Nounkeu, Riera, Altintop, Melo, Selcuk, Sneijder, Drogba, Burak.
Last three matches:
Galatasaray 2 – İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyespor 0;
Kayserispor 1 – Galatasaray 3;
Schalke 04 2 – Galatasaray 3.