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Champs League big match feature

Galatasaray host Real Madrid in the second leg of their Uefa Champions League quarterfinal needing a remarkable revival to stay in the competition. Catch the action live on SS3 and SS HD1 from 8pm.

Having lost the first leg 3-0, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuaín all on target, Fatih Terim's hosts have it all to do to reach their first European Cup semi-final in 24 years. For nine-time winners Madrid, meanwhile, a 24th semi-final appearance is within reach.

Past meetings

The clubs' three previous encounters before this season all took place in 2000/01, starting with Galatasaray's 2-1 triumph in the Super Cup in Monaco. Although Raúl González's 79th-minute penalty cancelled out an earlier Mário Jardel (41) spot kick, Jardel's second goal on 103 minutes secured Galatasaray a second European honour three months after their Uefa Cup triumph – a first for a Turkish team.

A Galatasaray side coached by Mircea Lucescu made life awkward for Madrid in the Champions League quarterfinals later that season, coming from two goals down to win the first leg 3-2 in Istanbul. Iván Helguera (33) and Claude Makelele (43) put Madrid ahead but Galatasaray responded through Ümit Davala's penalty (47), Hasan Sas (66) and Jardel (75).

The lineups for that encounter at the Ali Sami Yen Stadium on 3 April 2001 were:

Galatasaray: Taffarel, Capone (Fatih Akyel 46), Popescu, Bülent Korkmaz, Ergün Penbe, Okan Buruk, Ümit Davala, Suat Kaya (Akin Bülent 46), Hagi, Hasan Sas, Jardel.

Madrid: Casillas, Salgado, Hierro, Karanka, Roberto Carlos, McManaman (Solari 89), Helguera, Makelele (Celades 62), Figo, Raúl, Morientes (Guti 69).

Vicente del Bosque's Madrid shrugged off that loss with a 3-0 win back in the Spanish capital as Raúl (15, 37) and Helguera (28) took the defending champions through to a semi-final they would lose against FC Bayern München.

Iker Casillas and Aitor Karanka, now Madrid's assistant coach, are the only survivors of those games 12 years ago.

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Match background

Madrid won 2-1 at Manchester United FC in the round of 16 and have scored in all 16 Uefa Champions League away fixtures during José Mourinho's reign, losing just two of them.

Galatasaray have won just once at home in this season's Champions League but have suffered only two reverses in their last 13 European fixtures in Istanbul.

Galatasaray are competing at this stage for the first time since their 2001 quarter-final against Madrid and are looking to reach only their second European Cup semi-final; their first came under Mustafa Denizli in 1988/89, when they fell to FC Steaua Bucuresti. Their record in quarter-final ties is W1 L3.

Galatasaray have not won at home to Spanish opposition in five attempts since that April 2001 first-leg victory against Madrid. Their most recent home fixture with Liga visitors came in the 2009/10 Uefa Cup round of 32, when a last-minute Diego Forlán goal for Club Atlético de Madrid condemned them to a 2-1 reverse and a 3-2 aggregate defeat.

Overall, Galatasaray's home record against teams from Spain is W5 D2 L5.

Madrid are aiming for a 24th semifinal appearance and no other club has competed in as many quarterfinals – this is their 30th and they have won all but six.

Mourinho has a 100% record in Champions League quarterfinals, having won at this stage with FC Porto (2004), Chelsea FC (2005, 2007), Inter Milan (2010) and his present club in 2011 and 2012.

Besides their aforementioned encounters with Galatasaray, Madrid's only other experience of Turkish opposition came in the 1958/59 European Champion Clubs' Cup first round, when they overcame Besiktas JK 2-0 at home before a 1-1 draw in Istanbul.

Galatasaray have lost away in the first leg in European competition on 19 occasions and only five times did they recover to win the tie. They have been beaten 3-0 away twice; a 2-0 home win against PSV Eindhoven in the 1987/88 European Champion Clubs' Cup first round was not enough, but in the second round of the same competition the following season, they pulled off a comeback against Neuchâtel Xamax FC with a 5-0 home success.

Madrid have gone through in 41 of 54 ties after winning the first leg at home, including all seven when they initially triumphed 3-0. The largest first-leg advantage they have let slip is two goals, which has happened seven times.

The last time Madrid lost by three goals or more in Uefa competition was a 4-0 defeat at Liverpool FC in the second leg of their 2008/09 Champions League round of 16 duel. Only ten times in their European history have they lost by a scoreline that would either take this tie into extra time or send Galatasaray through.

Galatasaray's shoot-out record in Uefa competition is:

4-1 v Arsenal FC, 1999/2000 Uefa Cup final

Madrid's shoot-out record in Uefa competition is:

1-3 v FC Bayern München, 2011/12 Champions League semifinals

3-1 v Juventus, 1986/87 European Cup second round

5-6 v FK Crvena zvezda, 1974/75 European Cup Winners' Cup quarterfinals

Team ties

Mourinho worked with Didier Drogba at Chelsea from 2004 to 2007 and together they won Premier League titles in 2004/05 and 2005/06. Drogba also played alongside Ricardo Carvalho and Michael Essien at Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho's only past encounter with a Turkish team came when his Porto side overcame Denizlispor in the fourth round of their triumphant 2002/03 Uefa Cup campaign, winning 6-1 at home before a 2-2 away draw.

Terim's record as a coach against Spanish clubs is W3 D2 L5. As Turkey boss, his team succumbed 1-0 to Spain at the Bernabéu in a Fifa World Cup qualifying match on 28 March 2009. Hakan Balta and substitute Sabri Sarioglu featured for the visitors against a Spain side including Casillas, Raúl Albiol, Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso.

Four days later, on 1 April 2009, Terim's side lost out to Spain again. After trailing to Semih Sentürk's first-half effort at the Ali Sami Yen Stadium, Spain replied through Alonso's 63rd-minute penalty and an added-time winner by Albert Riera, now a Galatasaray player.

Terim took Turkey to the Uefa Euro 2008 semi-finals but only after an opening 2-0 defeat by a Portugal side featuring Carvalho, Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe, scorer of the first goal. Pepe also registered an own goal when Portugal lost a home friendly 3-1 to Turkey in June 2012, Umut Bulut twice finding the net.

Wesley Sneijder spent 2007/08 and 2008/09 at Madrid, scoring 11 goals in 52 Liga appearances. He also won the 2010 Champions League final at the Bernabéu with Mourinho's Inter. Sneijder was in the Netherlands team beaten 1-0 by the Spain of Casillas, Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos in the 2010 World Cup final.

Hamit Altintop made five Liga outings for Madrid last season, scoring once.

Mesut Özil played with Hamit at Madrid and also at Schalke in 2006/07. Özil has Turkish parents but scored in Germany's 3-0 win against a Turkey side including Hamit in a Euro 2012 qualifier that featured Sami Khedira.

Riera faced Madrid seven times in Spanish football with RCD Mallorca and Espanyol, scoring twice and achieving a creditable record of W3 D2 L2. As a Liverpool player, he was a team-mate of Álvaro Arbeloa and Alonso, and featured in a 1-0 win at the Bernabéu in the 2008/09 Champions League round of 16.

Cris went seven Champions League matches unbeaten against Madrid as an Olympique Lyon player – including a last-16 success in 2009/10 – before a 3-0 away loss in the 2010/11 round of 16.

Felipe Melo spent four seasons in Spain from 2004 to 2008, playing for Mallorca, Real Racing Club and UD Almería. He scored for Racing in a 2-1 Liga victory away to Madrid in December 2005.

Emmanuel Eboué helped Arsenal FC defeat Madrid in the 2005/06 Champions League last 16.

Johan Elmander scored past Casillas when Sweden beat Spain 2-0 in a Euro 2008 qualifier in October 2006.

A Benzema penalty earned France a 1-0 home friendly win against Turkey in June 2009.

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Match facts


Champions League statistics

  • Galatasaray have scored 345 goals in Uefa competition, conceding 349.
  • Burak Yilmaz became the second Turkish player to score a Champions League hat-trick on matchday four, following Tuncay Sanli in Fenerbahçe SK's 3-0 victory at home to Manchester United FC on 8 December 2004.
  • Burak's eight goals this season is the best ever return in this competition for a player representing a Turkish club; Mário Jardel scored six for Galatasaray in 2001/02.
  • Galatasaray have scored 11 goals this season, the lowest total among the quarter-finalists. Their 12 goals against is the highest of the teams still involved.
  • Fernando Muslera, Dany Nounkeu and Selçuk Inan have played all 810 minutes of Galatasaray's campaign.
  • Galatasaray have committed 135 fouls, more than any other side. Their 23 yellow cards is the joint highest total of the teams in the last eight along with Bayern Munich.
  • Nounkeu and Burak are banned after yellow cards in Madrid; Didier Drogba, Felipe Melo, Nordin Amrabat, Selçuk and Albert Riera will incur suspensions with their next bookings.


Selçuk and Riera were suspended as Galatasaray recovered from 1-0 down against bottom side Mersin Idman Yurdu on Saturday to win 3-1, despite Nounkeu's 30th-minute dismissal.

Drogba scored five minutes into his Galatasaray debut on 15 February but had gone eight games without a goal before registering twice on Saturday.

Felipe Melo equalised against Mersin, his first goal since last May.

Johan Elmander was on the bench after a foot injury that has kept him out since the start of February.

Umut Bulut (15) and Burak (26) have scored 41 of Galatasaray's 73 goals in all competitions this season.

Before the first leg Galatasaray had not lost by a three-goal margin in 87 matches, since April 2011.

Midfielder Felipe Melo saved a penalty in the win at Elazigspor on 24 November after Muslera was sent off with all Galatasaray's substitutes already made.

Engin Baytar served an 11-game domestic ban after his red card in August's 3-2 Super Cup victory over Fenerbahçe.

Tomáš Ujfaluši is not in the Champions League squad because of a knee injury, but has resumed training.

Real Madrid

Champions League statistics

  • Cristiano Ronaldo is the top scorer after nine matches with nine goals. The Portuguese international has found the net 18 times in his last 16 Champions League appearances.
  • Ronaldo, who has played every minute of Madrid's campaign, has had 45 attempts on target and 17 wide, both more than any other player. Madrid have had more shots on goal (114) than any other team.
  • Madrid have scored 21 goals, the highest total of the quarter-finalists. The first leg was their first clean sheet in the competition this season.
  • At 17 years and 353 days, José Rodríguez surpassed Raúl González as Madrid's youngest ever European Cup player on matchday six.
  • Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos serve one-game suspensions having been cautioned in the first leg; Michael Essien is within a booking of a ban.


Mesut Özil had gone 23 games without a goal for club and country before scoring two in the last three minutes of Saturday's 5-1 victory over Levante.

Madrid are 12 matches unbeaten in all competitions, winning ten.

Ronaldo has scored 46 goals in as many games for Madrid this season.

Iker Casillas has been out since breaking his left thumb on 23 January but was an unused substitute on Saturday.

Madrid's eight defeats this season were all by a one-goal margin. They have not lost by three clear goals since 29 November 2010 when they went down 5-0 away to Barcelona in the Liga.

Madrid have scored 121 goals in 49 games this season, including the Spanish Super Cup. They managed 174 in 58 outings last term.

Madrid will meet Club Atlético de Madrid in the Copa del Rey final at the Santiago Bernabéu on 17 May. It will be the fifth Madrid derby final and first since Atlético prevailed 2-0 in 1992.

Ramos has been sent off 16 times in Madrid colours; more than any other player in the club's history.

Madrid are 39 games unbeaten at the Bernabéu, since a 2-1 cup defeat by Barcelona on 18 January 2012.

Ronaldo has scored 107 goals in 95 appearances for Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu.

Raphaël Varane made his international debut in France's 3-1 Fifa World Cup qualifying win at home to Georgia on 22 March. He and Karim Benzema came up against club-mates Álvaro Arbeloa, Ramos and Alonso four days later, Spain winning 1-0.

Captain Ramos marked his 100th cap with a goal as Spain were held 1-1 at home by Finland on 22 March.

Fábio Coentrão scored an injury-time equaliser to earn Portugal a 3-3 draw away to Israel on 22 March.

Head coach

Galatasaray: Fatih Terim

Date of birth: 4 September 1953

Nationality: Turkish

Playing career: Adana Demirspor, Galatasaray

Coaching career: MKE Ankaragücü, Göztepe AS, Turkey Under-21, Turkey (twice), Galatasaray (three times), ACF Fiorentina, AC Milan

A central defender, Terim played for Galatasaray for over a decade and represented Turkey 51 times, 31 of them as captain. He started his coaching career with MKE Ankaragücü and then Göztepe, before he was named assistant to national team boss Sepp Piontek and put in charge of the Under-21s in 1991.

Appointed Turkey coach in 1993 and led them to EURO '96. They lost all of their games in England, but just getting to the final tournament, Turkey's first since the 1954 Fifa World Cup, was a major landmark.

After Euro '96 he returned to Galatasaray, winning four league titles and the 2000 Uefa Cup. Serie A came calling and Terim took charge of Fiorentina and Milan before returning to Galatasaray, but problems behind the scenes brought about a temporary retirement in 2004.

Reappointed by Turkey in 2005 following a break from management, Terim – known as 'Imparator' (The Emperor) for his leadership skills – could not guide the team through a 2006 Fifa World Cup play-off against Switzerland.

Success followed at Euro 2008, however, with Terim leading Ay Yildizlilar (The Crescent-Stars) to the semifinals, but he resigned following his side's unsuccessful bid to reach the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

Returned for a third spell in charge of Galatasaray in May 2011 and in his first season back steered Cimbom to their first Süper Lig crown in four years.

Real Madrid: José Mourinho

Date of birth: 26 January 1963

Nationality: Portuguese

Coaching career: SL Benfica, UD Leiria, FC Porto, Chelsea FC, FC Internazionale Milano, Real Madrid

A former teacher, Mourinho had spells working at Sporting Clube de Portugal, Porto and FC Barcelona as a coaching assistant in the 1990s.

As coach, had a brief, nine-game stay at Benfica and a highly successful tenure at Leiria before really making his mark after arriving at Porto in January 2002. In his first full season, 2002/03, Porto won the Uefa Cup and a domestic double. The next year they retained their league title and claimed the Champions League with a 3-0 defeat of AS Monaco FC in Gelsenkirchen.

Joined Chelsea in 2004 and led the club to the League Cup and their first league championship for 50 years in his first season. Followed up with the league title again in 2006, and both the League Cup and FA Cup in 2007.

Left Chelsea in September 2007 and stayed out of football until joining Inter in June 2008. In his first campaign the Nerazzurri retained their Serie A crown, a feat they repeated in 2009/10 when they also added the Coppa Italia and the Champions League title, their first European Cup win since 1965.

Victory at the Santiago Bernabéu was Mourinho's last act as Inter coach before joining Madrid on a four-year deal.

His first season featured the club's first Copa del Rey victory in 18 years and a Champions League semifinal appearance, his second the Liga title and an end to Barcelona's three successive championship triumphs.

Referee: Stéphane Lannoy

Born in Boulogne-sur-Mer, Stéphane Lannoy is particularly regarded for his physical fitness and ability to communicate with players.

He broke on to the international scene in March 2006 when he took charge of two Uefa European Under-17 Championship elite round matches. Fourth official for the 2005/06 Uefa Cup semifinal first leg between FC Steaua Bucuresti and Middlesbrough FC, Lannoy became a regular referee in the competition the next season.

A buyer in a hypermarket and based in Sailly-sur-la-Lys in northern France, Lannoy was a match official at the 2007 Uefa European Under-21 Championship, taking charge of three matches and acting as fourth official in a further three games, including the hosts' 4-1 final defeat of Serbia.

He made his Champions League group stage bow as a referee when Barcelona took on VfB Stuttgart on matchday six of the 2007/08 edition, also officiating three Uefa Cup games during that campaign.

Married with three children, Lannoy was fourth official at three games at Euro 2008 and also featured at that year's Olympic Games. Became a regular in the Champions League from 2009/10 and took charge of two group games at the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Fourth official at the 2011/12 Europa League final in Bucharest, Lannoy was referee at three Euro 2012 games including Italy's semi-final win against Germany.


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