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Madrid into semis despite 3-2 loss at Galatasaray
Istanbul, April 10, 2013
First Published: 02:20 IST(10/4/2013)
Last Updated: 02:22 IST(10/4/2013)

Real Madrid reached the Champions League semifinals for the third straight season after Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice on Tuesday in a 3-2 loss to Galatasaray following a second-half resurgence by the Turkish team.

Madrid advanced 5-3 on aggregate but only after conceding three goals in a 16-minute span to raise Galatasaray's hope of pulling off what would have been an epic comeback.

Ronaldo appeared to have eased Madrid into the next round with his eighth-minute opener. And the Portugal forward scored again in stoppage time, but not before Galatasaray came alive with Emmanuel Eboue's 57th-minute leveler.

Galatasaray forward Wesley Sneijder scored in the 71st before Didier Drogba adding another goal a minute later.

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