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Champions League: Galatasaray's Wesley Sneijder looking forward

Galatasaray's Wesley Sneijder thought that his side deserved the victory, as they beat Schalke to qualify for the Champions League quarter finals.

Wesley Sneijder: Galatasaray reached the quarter-finals for the first time since 2001

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Wesley Sneijder thinks Galatasaray can be proud of their achievement in reaching the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League.

A 4-3 aggregate victory over Schalke on Tuesday night booked the Turkish giants a place in the last eight for the first time since 2001.

They will now look forward to Friday's draw, where they join the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona, and January signing Sneijder is in no doubt about the success.

"We are in the last eight and that is already a big thing," he told Sky Sports.

"We did a great job and now we have to see. We have to wait for the draw. It will be difficult.

Hamit Altintop's stunning strike helped put Galatasaray into the Champions League Quarter Finals. For extended highlights, sign in to skysports.com

"But it is a pleasure to be in the last eight."

Schalke had taken the lead on the night and on aggregate through Roman Neustadter but their former player, Hamit Altintop, and tournament joint top goalscorer Burak Yilmaz hit back.

Michel Bastos then equalised in the second half to give Schalke hope but Gala substitute Umut Bulut settled the tie in stoppage time with a 3-2 win in Germany.

Galatasaray boss Fatih Terim was understandably delighted with the victory and promised his players 'hugs and kisses'.

"Now we are among the biggest eight teams in Europe," he said. "All Turkey and Galatasaray fans should enjoy this success.

"I would like to thank all fans who came to Germany to watch us. I want to congratulate all of my players.

"I hug and kiss them all. We played like an excellent European team in the first half. Until we conceded the goal, we had three clear chances to score."

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