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Real Madrid 4-1 Galatasaray

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale celebrates scoring

Ten-man Real Madrid ensured their place in the last 16 of the Champions League with a 4-1 win over Galatasaray.

Sergio Ramos was shown a straight red in the 26th minute for tugging back Umut Bulut, but Real bounced back from the setback when Gareth Bale struck in a free-kick from 25 yards.

Bulut equalised from close range before Alvaro Arbeloa made it 2-1 with a low volley and then turned provider for Angel Di Maria to tap-in.

Isco added a great individual fourth.

The win moved Carlo Ancelotti's team to 13 points - seven ahead of second-placed Juventus - with one more group game to play.

With leading scorer Cristiano Ronaldo rested, Welshman Bale was the key figure in attack. The £85m world-record signing should have scored in the first 10 minutes when he was clean through, but slotted his shot wide of Eray Iscan's right-hand post.

Real's start to the match then took a turn for the worse when defender Ramos was sent off by Scottish referee William Collum for pulling back Umut.

It was the Spain international's 17th red card of his Real career and his third in the Champions League, with only former Netherlands midfielder Edgar Davids with more in the competition (four).

However, Real made light of the disadvantage when Bale fired in a brilliant free-kick which Eray made a half-hearted effort to try to save.

Bulut equalised a minute later after ex-Chelsea forward Didier Drogba had turned his marker and played an exquisite pass with the outside of his foot for his team-mate in the area.

Real retook the lead when Arbeloa scored his first Champions League goal in three years - a well-placed volley from Di Maria's in-swinger.

The scorer then turned provider for the Argentine, who finished low from inside the area for the Spanish giants' third.

And attacking midfielder Isco rounded off the scoring in the 80th minute when he dribbled inside the area before tucking low past Eray


Real Madrid

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Casillas
  • 17ArbeloaBooked at 55mins
  • 12MarceloSubstituted forCarvajalat 74'minutes
  • 16CasemiroSubstituted forAlonsoat 59'minutes
  • 3Pepe
  • 4RamosBooked at 26mins
  • 11Bale
  • 24Illarramendi
  • 20Rodríguez RuizSubstituted forNachoat 28'minutes
  • 23Isco
  • 22Di María


  • 9Benzema
  • 14Alonso
  • 15Carvajal
  • 18Nacho
  • 21Morata
  • 25López
  • 26Rodríguez Martínez


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 67Iscan
  • 27Eboué
  • 13Nounkeu
  • 8Inan
  • 21Chedjou
  • 5Zan
  • 20Na BangnaSubstituted forSneijderat 64'minutes
  • 3MeloBooked at 36minsSubstituted forGülselamat 88'minutes
  • 11Drogba
  • 19Bulut
  • 53N AmrabatSubstituted forRieraat 67'minutes


  • 6Gülselam
  • 10Sneijder
  • 17Yilmaz
  • 26Kaya
  • 55Sarioglu
  • 77Riera
  • 86Ceylan
William Collum

Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Real Madrid 4, Galatasaray 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Real Madrid 4, Galatasaray 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Aurélien Chedjou.

  4. Post update

    Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Ceyhun Gülselam (Galatasaray).

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Galatasaray. Ceyhun Gülselam replaces Felipe Melo.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Emmanuel Eboué (Galatasaray) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Selcuk Inan.

  8. Post update

    Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Emmanuel Eboué (Galatasaray).

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Galatasaray. Conceded by Álvaro Arbeloa.

  12. Post update

    Ángel Di María (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Aurélien Chedjou (Galatasaray).

  14. Post update

    Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Felipe Melo (Galatasaray).

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Real Madrid 4, Galatasaray 1. Isco (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Isco (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ángel Di María.

  18. Post update

    Offside, Galatasaray. Albert Riera tries a through ball, but Emmanuel Eboué is caught offside.

  19. Post update

    Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Albert Riera (Galatasaray).