If you didn’t watch the Champions League quarterfinals, you missed out on sporting television at its best. On Tuesday, Galatasarray, Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, and Malaga turned in an evening for the ages. Gala faced a 3-0 aggregate deficit at the start of the match and went down early to a Cristiano Ronaldo tap in. By conceding at home, the Turkish club needed to score five times to advance to the semifinals.
To their credit, Gala nearly (well not nearly, but the thought crept into the viewers mind like when the finest girl at the party whispers something in your ear, and you think “Is she flirting with me? Could this really go down?”) pulled off the unthinkable. They scored three times in the second half all from big club castoffs who found refuge in Constantinople. Ex-Gunner Emanuel Eboue, much maligned by the end of his Arsenal career, opened Gala’s scoring with a bullet into the top corner.
Ex-Inter linchpin Wesley Sneijder added a second after embarrassing the Madrid defender with a nutmeg at the 18. Didier aka Khal Drogba made things interesting with a dazzling third. His backheel from twelve yards out displayed the Ivorian’s strength as well as his goal scoring acumen.
Much to our chagrin, Ronaldo ruined the party with another tap in. Madrid were defeated 3-2 but advanced at a comfortable 5-3 aggregate. It seems as if Ronaldo has taken the Messi slights to heart every time he touches the pitch this season. He has now scored 11 times in the Champions League, and behind that form, Real Madrid look unbeatable.