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Real Madrid rely on Ronaldo again in Champions League

Posted on April 10, 2013 by admin

The players and coaching staff of Real Madrid knew that an awat trip to face Galatasaray in Istanbul was going to be a challenging experience, but a 3-0 victory in the first leg at the Bernabeu last week meant that progression to the semi-finals of the Champions League was almost a formality.

If it was not for Cristiano Ronaldo, though, Real Madrid and Jose Mourinho could have been having a very bad day today. The Portuguese striker scored a good early goal and it is just as well he did, because once the Turkish side got going and got the crowd behind them, Madrid wobbled. Then we kept wobbling, as Galatasaray scored once, twice and a third time, all withing 15 second half minutes.

Mourinho says it was like playing against 50,000 players, but when you have a player like Ronaldo in your team it makes a big difference, and he finally ended the Turkish resistance with another late goal. So Madrid march on to the semi-finals, but will be without Alvaro Arbeloa for at least the first leg after the right back was sent off for stupidly making insulting gestures to the referee.

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