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Real makes semis

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Friday, April 05, 2013

PARIS - Real Madrid all but secured their place in the semi-finals of the Champions League yesterday with a 3-0 defeat of Galatasaray in their quarter-final first leg, while Malaga and Borussia Dortmund played out a goalless draw.

Jose Mourinho's side were just too strong for the Turkish league leaders, opening the scoring through Cristiano Ronaldo in the ninth minute and never looking back on a wet night at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Ronaldo neatly chipped visiting goalkeeper Fernando Muslera for his ninth European goal of the season, before Karim Benzema fired home a cross from Michael Essien - a surprise starter at right-back - to double Real's lead just before the half-hour mark.

A Galatasaray side containing former Champions League winners - and Mourinho proteges - Wesley Sneijder and Didier Drogba, as well as in-form striker Burak Yilmaz, could offer little for their huge travelling supporters.