Real thump Galatasaray
28 November 2013, 08:02
Madrid - Gareth Bale has scored a marvellous free-kick as 10-man Real Madrid eased
into the last 16 of the Champions League with a 4-1 win over
Galatasaray on Wednesday.
Madrid had to play just under three
quarters of the game with a man less after Sergio Ramos was shown a red
card for dragging back Umut Bulut as he broke clear on goal.
then opened the scoring with his fifth goal in six games, but Bulut
equalised for the Turkish champions just a minute later.
Arbeloa restored Real's lead just after the break and the full-back then
teed up Angel di Maria to make the points safe 12 minutes later.
Isco rounded off the scoring with a wonderful piece of skill as he left
Selcuk Inan on the floor before side-footing the ball home.
seals Madrid's place in the last 16 as group winners, whilst
Galatasaray will have to beat Juventus at home on matchday six if they
are to qualify after the Italian champions beat FC Copenhagen 3-1 in the
night's other match in Group B.
In the absence of the injured
Cristiano Ronaldo, Bale was expected to carry more of the responsibility
in attack, but he passed up a huge chance inside three minutes when he
slotted wide with just Eray Iscan to beat.
The hosts were then
reduced to 10 men after just 26 minutes when Ramos pulled back Bulut as
he raced onto a ball over the top and Scottish referee Willie Collum had
no hesitation of brandishing the 17th red card of Ramos' Madrid career.
coped admirably despite the sending-off and were in front on 37 minutes
when Bale sending a dipping free-kick from fully 35 yards into the top
The lead lasted barely 60 seconds, though, as a wonderful through ball from Didier Drogba played in Bulut to level.
Bale should have restored Madrid's lead when he fired an effort just over from inside the area.
Los Blancos did make it 2-1 just six minutes after the interval through
an unlikely source as Arbeloa bundled home Di Maria's cross.
Arbeloa then saw another effort fly just wide before venturing forward once more to square for Di Maria to make it 3-1.
Galatasaray boss Roberto Mancini introduced former Real favourite Wesley Sneijder in a bid to turn the game around.
And Iker Casillas had to make a stunning save to prevent Drogba's looping header from setting up a grandstand finish.
But Isco rounded off a fine night for the hosts when he danced through the Galatasaray defence before slotting low into the net.