Schalke: Hildebrand - Uchida, Höwedes, Matip, Kolasinac - Höger (Meyer 85'), Neustädter (Fuchs 46') - Farfan, Draxler, Michel Bastos - Pukki (Obasi 85')
Galatasaray: Muslera - Eboue, Nounkeu, Semih (Zan 79'), Riera - Sneijder (Amrabat 70'), Selcuk Inan, Felipe Melo, Hamit Altintop - Drogba, Burak
|Neustädter (17')||Altintop (37')|
|Bastos (63')||Yilmaz (41')|
Full-time +5 mins:bundesliga.com Reporter at the VELTINS Arena: “Schalke tried everything possible, but the 'Road to Wembley' has reached an end for the Royal Blues. Only the Galatasaray fans are celebrating now, it's a defeaning party of Red and Yellow. The Turkish fans are going crazy and head coach Fatih Terim is blowing kisses in their direction as a sign of appreciation."
Full-time +5 mins: That brings an end to our LIVE coverage of the last 16 second leg tie between FC Schalke 04 and Galatasaray SK in the UEFA Champions League. The Royal Blues gave it everything they had, but came up just short despite dominating proceedings in the second half. The Turkish side’s quick fire double in the first half proved too great a hurdle to climb for Jens Keller’s side as they crash out of Europe’s elite competition by a 4-3 aggregate scoreline. Stay with us on bundesliga.com for a full match report, as well as pictures from the game and further analysis...
90+4'GOAL! The encounter is put to bed as Galatasaray grab a very late third. Schalke were caught out in a three-on-two situation and though Umut Bulut failed to put the ball through Timo Hildebrand's legs he made no mistake with his second bite at the cherry. An incredibly bitter pill for Schalke to swallow.
90+2':Benedikt Höwedes is operating as a striker here in the dying minutes. Unbelievable scenes at the VELTINS Arena.
90': The fourth official holds up the board. FIVE minutes of time added on! Schalke can still rescue this.
87’:bundesliga.com Reporter at the VELTINS Arena: “Schalke make their final changes of the game, it's all or nothing now for the Royal Blues. The tension here is tangible. Galatasaray are trying to see out the minutes. Schalke are fighting to the death here!"
83': In their attempts to find the winning goal, Schalke are leaving themselves open at the back as second-half substitute Amrabat almost puts the game beyond doubt for Galatasaray. Schalke throw their last roll of the dice as Chinedu Obasi and Max Meyer enter the fray.
79’:bundesliga.com Reporter at the VELTINS Arena: “Time is gradually running out for Schalke! Will Keller make another change in an attempt to increase the pressure on their opponents? The only striker left on the bench is Chinedu Obasi, who is warming up on the sidelines."
71’:bundesliga.com Reporter at the VELTINS Arena: “2-2! Bastos! Can Schalke still pull off an almighty comeback? The atmosphere inside the stadium has all of a sudden come alive again. “Stand up, if you’re a Schalke fan”, scream the home supporters.”
69’: It's all one-way traffic right now with Schalke pegging Galatasaray inside their own half. The encounter is not lost for the Royal Blues as Julian Draxler once again skips inside his man, forcing Muslera to throw up a hand to prevent his shot pulling Schalke in front.
63'GOAL!Schalke draw level and now need just one goal to reach the Champions League quarter finals. Teemu Pukki makes a nuisance of himself in the box and when the balls spills loose Atsuto Uchida shows the presence of mind to pick out Michel Bastos, who fires past the bodies on the line to make it 2-2.
60’: The inspirational figure that is 19-year-old Julian Draxler comes within inches of an equaliser, dancing past three Galatasaray players before smashing an effort against the station behind the goal. Marco Höger then plucks up his courage from range only to see Muslera tip his stunning strike onto the bar.
55’: The encounter has opened up with both sides carving out chances. Burak Yilmaz's deflected effort is marvellously tipped around the post by Timo Hildebrand, while at the other end Teemu Pukki pulls a great save out of Fernando Muslera minutes after blasting over with an earlier attempt. Schalke have upped the pressure, but need to make use of this promising period of play.
50’:bundesliga.com Reporter at the VELTINS Arena: "The optimism of the Schalke fans was at its limit during half-time. Galatasaray don't always look that composed at the back, but are proving to be incredibly dangerous going forward. The Royal Blues are missing an out-and-out striker to lead the line."
SECOND HALF With Galatasaray now boasting two away goals, Schalke have to score twice without conceding if they are to book their place in the Champions League quarter finals. The hosts make a change as Christian Fuchs replaces Roman Neustädter, but it’s still all to play for in Gelsenkirchen as the second half gets underway.
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HALF-TIMESchalke are reeling as they go in at the break, despite Michel Bastos going close on the cusp of half-time, as Galatasaray head into the changing rooms a goal to the good in Gelsenkirchen.
44’:bundesliga.com Reporter at the VELTINS Arena: "Galatasaray have changed the game and the atmopshere in the space of five minutes. The Turkish fans are on their feet in celebration. The half-time break can't come soon enough for Schalke."
41'GOAL!Galatasaray have turned the game on its head as Roman Neustädter's misplaced pass allows the Turkish side to break forward. Burak Yilmaz holds off the challenege from Benedikt Höwedes before clipping the ball beyond the onrushing Timo Hildebrand.
40’:bundesliga.com Reporter at the VELTINS Arena: "We're all square and now it's impossible not to notcie how many Turkish fans are inside the VELTINS Arena. Yellow and Red scarves are being waved all over the stadium. This is proving to be a heated match on a chilly evening in Gelsenkirchen."
37'GOAL! Former Schalke midfielder Hamit Altintop levels the scores with a sensational strike from 30 yards which cannons in off the post. Timo Hildebrand was at full stretch, but could do nothing to prevent the effort finding the back of the net. Game on!
35': Emanuel Eboue is being afforded a lot of space on the overlap and almost sets up an equaliser for Galatasaray. However, Wesley Sneijder can only curl his effort the wrong side of the post fromt the Ivorians' pull back.
30': With a goal advantage in the tie, Schalke seem content absorbing the pressure created by Galatasaray, whilst searching out their opportunities on the counter attack. With the speed of Jefferson Farfan, Julian Draxler, Michel Bastos and Teemu Pukki in their front line, the Royal Blues look a constant threat on the break.
25': Making a rare start in the first XI, Teemu Pukki's performance so far has been worthy of a perpetual motion machine as the Finn tries, but fails to beat Fernando Muslera at his near post.
22’:bundesliga.com Reporter at the VELTINS Arena: "Schalke take lead and both head coaches are struggling to take their seats on the bench. Yet, while Terim is gesticulating frantically on the sidelines, Jens Keller is applauding his charges.”
17'GOAL!Roman Neustädter's first-ever Champions League goal sees Schalke take the lead. The defensive midfielder was in the right place at the right time to poke home after Galatasaray failed to clear their lines from a corner.
15':Galatasaray are having a lot of joy playing long balls forward to both Didier Drogba and Burak Yilmaz as Timo Hildebrand is once again forced into a smart save. Meanwhile, Marco Höger picks up the first booking of the evening for a late challenge in the centre of the park meaning he will miss Schalke's next match if they are to progress.
13’:bundesliga.com Reporter at the VELTINS Arena: “Galatasaray are creating an unbelievable amount of pressure early on. Schalke need to put their respect for their opponents to one side and start fighting back, exactly like their fans are doing in the stands.”
10':Michel Bastos's experience at this level will likely prove invaluable to Schalke tonight as the Brazilian winger's effort from range draws a routine save out of Fernando Muslera.
5':Schalke are looking nervous in the opening exchanges and after Hamit Altintop and Didier Drogba drag efforts wide of the target, the imperious Ivorian forces Timo Hildebrand to make the first save of the game at his near post.
2’:bundesliga.com Reporter at the VELTINS Arena: "If the game is anything like the atmosphere in the stadium then we can look forward to an incredible encounter. Despite the ice-cold temperatures in Gelsenkirchen there’s an awe-inspiring, very loud backdrop which the numerous Galatasaray fans are adding to admirably."
KICK-OFF! We’re underway at the VELTINS Arena and bundesliga.com will be taking you through the action, providing you with all the latest stats and offering plenty of interesting reading material throughout the 90, 120 or even more minutes so stay tuned!
Kick-off - 10 mins: The Royal Blues, who are unbeaten in the Champions League this season, have won eight of the ten UEFA competition ties in which they have drawn the first leg away from home, although both defeats came after 1-1 draws.
Kick-off - 20 mins:Schalke have won eleven times and lost just twice in their previous 16 home games in UEFA club competitions dating back to the start of 2010/11. Furthermore the Royal Blues have never lost on home soil against Turkish opposition, which bodes well for their chances of following Ruhr rivals Borussia Dortmund into the quarter finals at Europe’s top table.
Kick-off - 30 mins: Tonight also marks Hamit Altintop's return to Gelsenkirchen. The Galatasaray midfielder spent four seasons as a Royal Blues player making 113 appearances and scoring eight goals during that time. Meanwhile, the Turkish club’s last trip to Germany saw them secure a 1-1 draw with Hamburger SV in the first leg of their 2008/09 UEFA Cup Round of 16 tie. That result tonight would send us into extra-time.
Kick-off - 40 mins: The starting line-ups are in! As expected Schalke are without star striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, with industrious Teemu Pukki filling in for the Dutchman up front. Otherwise, head coach Jens Keller has opted to make no further changes to the side that beat Borussia Dortmund2-1 on Saturday.
Kick-off - 50 mins: However, Schalke have also had to deal with suffering a setback after the Revierderby win. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was forced off injured in the 54th minute of the encounter (Click here to watch the highlights) and has been ruled out of tonight’s fixture as a result. Ciprian Marica is struggling with a knee issue of his own, leaving Jens Keller to decide between Teemu Pukki and Chinedu Obasi for the lone striker's role. Elsewhere, American international Jermaine Jones is also unavailable for selection due to suspension.
Kick-off - 60 mins: Beating Ruhr rivals Borussia Dortmund2-1 in the Revierderby on Saturday wasn’t the only piece of positive news for Schalke fans this weekend after the Royal Blues announced that captain Benedikt Höwedes had committed his long-term future to the club.
Kick-off - 70 mins: 19-year-old Draxler, who made his 100th competitive appearance in all competitions on the weekend, has stepped up in a big way since the departure of Lewis Holtby and is fast establishing himself as one of the hottest prospects in European football.
Kick-off - 80 mins: After scoring in back-to-back Bundesliga matches for the first time in his career, Schalke’s rising star Julian Draxler, talking to bundesliga.com after the Revierderby win over Dortmund, said he hoped the Royal Blues would take “the same level of belief” into tonight’s encounter.
Kick-off - 90 mins: The 1-1 draw in the first legagainst Galatasaray SK has proven to be somewhat of a turning point for FC Schalke 04 under head coach Jens Keller. The Royal Blues have won all three of their Bundesliga encounters since their trip to Istanbul and now find themselves in pole position for the fourth UEFA Champions League qualification spot.
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Kick-off countdown - 120 mins: Hello and welcome to bundesliga.com's LIVE coverage of tonight's UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg between FC Schalke 04 and Galatasaray SK. We'll be keeping you bang up-to-date with all the action from the VELTINS Arena, including updates from our in-stadium reporter, during what promises to be a hard-fought affair.