Nov 27, 2013 at 7.45pm UK at ​Estadio Santiago Bernabeu
Real Madrid
Bale (37'), Arbeloa (51'), di Maria (63'), Isco (81')
Arbeloa (54')
Ramos (26')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Bulut (38')
Melo (36')

Half-Time Report: Real Madrid, Galatasaray level at the break

Galatasaray score a late first-half goal against 10-man Real Madrid.

Real Madrid are drawing 1-1 at half time with Galatasaray despite being down to 10 men.

The home side should have taken the lead with only four minutes on the clock. Gareth Bale was released through on goal, but after advancing into the penalty area, he curled his shot wide.

After that, Madrid continued to have the majority of the play, but they failed to fashion another clear opening.

With 20 minutes gone, Carlo Ancelotti's men had had a huge 65% of the possession, while Galatasaray's one attempt had flown high over the bar.

However, Madrid were reduced to 10 men when Sergio Ramos was given his marching orders for tugging back Umut Bulut after the striker had beaten the defender to a high ball.

Ancelotti responded by bringing on defender Nacho for Jese, but it was Real Madrid who were soon celebrating the game's first goal.

Felipe Melo gave away a free kick, and although it was a long way out, Bale's effort swerved and dipped into the corner of the net.

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Galatasaray during their Champions League group match on November 27, 2013© Getty Images

However, the lead lasted for barely a minute. Didier Drogba pinged the ball to Bulut, who escaped the home defence before sliding the ball past Iker Casillas.

Bale then missed a good chance to restore the lead, firing over the bar after latching on to a pass.

Real's Gareth Bale celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Sevilla on October 30, 2013
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