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Terim: Galatasaray were so close
Apr 10, 2013 2:01 AM GMT
Fatih Terim believed Galatasaray could overturn a four-goal deficit in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie.
Beaten 3-0 by Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu last week, the Turkish champions were dealt what looked like a knockout blow when Cristiano Ronaldo netted an away goal in Istanbul.
However, Galatasaray staged a sensational second-half fightback, striking three times through Emmanuel Eboue, Wesley Sneijder and Didier Drogba, and thought they had levelled matters on aggregate when the latter netted again, only to be ruled offside.
"When it went 3-1," coach Terim told reporters .
"Yes, I started to think of going through to the semi-finals. It had not been the case up until that moment.
"But especially just after Drogba's disallowed goal, that was the moment when we really believed it."
Unfortunately for the hosts, there was to be no coming back from that disappointment, and Ronaldo netted again in injury time to put the outcome beyond all doubt.
But Terim still had nothing but praise for his players and their supporters.
"Incredible supporters and an incredible atmosphere - it makes me happy that we played with such passion and gave them such pleasure," the former AC Milan coach said.
"We must say thanks to (Jose) Mourinho and Real Madrid. He came to our dressing room to congratulate our players.
"I must also congratulate my players as they've beaten one of the most powerful teams in the world.
"From the very beginning my aim was to create a Galatasaray that would honour their supporters. I see this happening today. I'm happy to have kept my promise."