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Madrid in the driving seat

Cristiano Ronaldo scored again as Real Madrid beat a Galatasaray side that included Didier Drogba 3-0 in the home leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday.

Ronaldo gave Jose Mourinho's side a ninth minute lead when he chipped over goalkeeper Fernando Muslera.

Karim Benzema controlled Michael Essien's cross before slotting in a second on 29 minutes, before substitute Gonzalo Higuain headed in the third in the 73rd minute.

In Wednesday's other quarter-final first leg, Borussia Dortmund wasted a series of chances as they were held to a 0-0 away to Malaga.


On Tuesday, Zlatan Ibrahimovic exacted some kind of revenge on his former club - but Paris Saint-Germain still face an uphill battle after their 2-2 Champions League quarter-final home leg against Barcelona.

The Swedish striker levelled the scores after Barcelona had taken a first half lead, and set up a stoppage time equaliser after the visitors had regained their first leg lead late on from the penalty spot.

PSG started well and created several chances to take the lead, but the visitors broke the deadlock with Lionel Messi's goal late in the first half.

Ibrahimovic stabbed home the equaliser, with replays showing that he was in an offside position before he pounced to score after the ball had rebounded off a post.


Xavi restored Barca's lead in the 89th after Alexis Sanchez was sent tumbling by PSG keeper Salavatore Sirigu, but a knock down by Ibrahimovic deep into stoppage time set up Blaise Matuidi to fire home the equaliser.

David Beckham started the game and played for 70 minutes, while Messi could miss the second leg after he limped off with a hamstring problem.

Beckham is the first Englishman to play for four clubs in the Champions League. His last appearance in the competition was while he was on loan at AC Milan, in a 4-0 defeat against former side Manchester United in March 2010.

"I'm enjoying being part of these nights again, they're very special," he said. "I feel pretty much the same as at Milan, it was only three years ago.

'Happy to start'

"I was obviously very happy to start. The manager has always shown a lot of confidence in me, especially in big moments, and tonight was a big moment for the club and I was happy to start."

The midfielder has not said if he wants to extend his PSG contract beyond the end of the season. "Let's wait and see. Let's recover from this game tonight and enjoy the rest of the season,"

In Tuesday's other quarter-final clash, Bayern Munich beat Juventus 2-0 in Germany.

Bayern took the lead when David Alaba's deflected long range strike beat Gianluigi Buffon inside 30 seconds.

Thomas Mueller doubled the lead in the 63rd minute.

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