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Altintop special stuns Schalke

Galatasaray reached the quarterfinals of the Champions League for the first time since 2001 on Tuesday as a last-minute goal from Turkey forward Umut Bulut sealed a 3-2 win at Schalke 04.

With the German defence at full stretch and time almost up, Bulut provided the killer blow with the 95th-minute second-leg winner which put the Turkish league leaders through 4-3 on aggregate over the two legs of the last 16 tie.

Galatasaray go into Friday’s draw for the last eight, while Schalke failed in their bid to join Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund in the quarterfinals.

After midfielder Roman Neustaedter gave Schalke an early lead, goals by Galatasaray’s Hamit Altintop and Burak Yilmaz put the visitors ahead, then Brazil’s Michel Bastos levelled for the hosts, before Bulut settled matters.

The first leg in Istanbul had ended 1-1 after Yilmaz’s first-half goal had been cancelled out by Schalke midfielder Jermaine Jones, who was suspended for the return leg.

With some 10,000 Galatasaray fans among the 54,142 strong crowd, in part due to Gelsenkirchen’s strong Turkish community, the entire match was a breath taking affair before the visitors sung victory.
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