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Real Madrid into semis despite 3-2 loss at Galatasaray

Real Madrid reached the Champions League semifinals for the third straight season on Tuesday despite losing 3-2 at Galatasaray following a second-half resurgence by the Turkish team.Madrid needed a double from Cristiano Ronaldo to advance 5-3 on aggregate, but only after conceding three goals in a 16-minute span to raise Galatasaray's hopes of pulling off what would have been a remarkable comeback.Ronaldo looked to have wrapped up the quarterfinal series by scoring in the seventh minute for a 4-0 overall lead, requiring Galatasaray to score at least five goals to advance.

Soccer-Yanga-Mbiwa replaces Varane in France squad

PARIS, Feb 3 (Reuters) - France coach Didier Deschamps has called up Newcastle defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa after a thigh injury ruled Raphael Varane out of Wednesday's friendly against Germany, the French Federation said on Sunday. The uncapped 19-year-old Varane picked up a muscle injury during Real Madrid's 1-0 defeat at Granada in la Liga on Saturday. "Real Madrid and France doctors agreed that the player was not fit enough to play in the coming days," a statement read.
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