Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain led Real Madrid to a 3 nil victory at home. Galatasaray’s defence was not organised enough to contain the Spaniard’s counter attack.
Scoring his 18th goal from 16 UEFA appearances Cristiano Ronaldo opened the account for goals just 9 minutes into the game. Benzema doubled the score line at 29′ and Higuain headed in the third one after half time.
Ahead of the second leg at Istanbul Jose Mourinho commented “If we score a goal they have to score five, but in football I have seen so many incredible things that nothing can surprise me.”
Real Madrid will be playing at Turkey next week without Captain Sergio Ramos.
Goals: Cristiano Ronaldo 9′, Karim Benzema 29′, Gonzalo Higuain 73′
Teams: Real Madrid – Galatasaray
Possession: 48% – 52%
Goal Attempts 12-11
Shots on target:10-4
Players in today’s match:
Real Madrid: Diego López, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Fábio Coentrão, Michael Essien, Mesut Özil- substituted for Luka Modric, Ángel Di María- substituted for Pepe, Sami Khedira, Xabi Alonso, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema- substituted for Gonzalo Higuaín
Galatasaray: Fernando Muslera, Semih Kaya, Emmanuel Eboué, Albert Riera- substituted for Nourredine Amrabat, Dany Nounkeu, Selcuk Inan, Wesley Sneijder- substituted for Gökhan Zan, Felipe Melo, Hamit Altintop- substituted for Umut Bulut, Burak Yilmaz, Didier Drogba