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Hoewedes rues Champions League exit

13 March 2013 13:26

Benedikt Hoewedes believes that Schalke only have themselves to blame for their Champions League exit at the hands of Galatasaray.

Schalke held Galatasaray to a 1-1 draw in Istanbul in the first leg, but they failed to book their ticket for the quarter-finals on Tuesday as the Turkish giants recorded a surprise 3-2 away win in the return.

Hoewedes, however, feels Schalke were the better side in both legs, yet failed to take their chances.

"It's an enormous disappointment. We had enough chances to win the game, and we gave them their goals. We can only blame ourselves for not having given absolutely everything in the first half. It wasn't enough," Hoewedes said.

"When you look at both legs, then of course the disappointment is all the greater. We were the better team in both games, but Galatasaray scored more goals today and deserved to go through.

"The things which have made us strong in recent weeks were missing a little today. In spite of that, we've played a great Champions League campaign, and can take many positive things from it."

Schalke will be looking to return to winning ways on Saturday when they take on Nurnberg in the Bundesliga.

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Competition
UEFA Champions League
Date
12 March 2013
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
1 - 2
Full-time
2 - 3
On aggregate
3 - 4
Venue
Veltins-Arena (Gelsenkirchen)
Attendance
54142

Goals

1 - 0
1 - 1
37' Hamit Altıntop
 (assist by S. İnan)
1 - 2
42' B. Yılmaz
 (assist by Riera)
Michel Bastos 63'
(assist by A. Uchida) 
2 - 2
2 - 3
90'+5 U. Bulut

Lineups

# Player Bookings
34
22
4
32
35 90+4'
9 63'
17
33 18'
12 14'
31
20
Coach: J. Keller
# Player Bookings
25
27
26
13
14
4 37'
10
11
8
12 85'
17 42'
Coach: F. Terim

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
23
19
29
1
21
27
28
# Player Bookings
53
5
19 90+5'
22
35
55
67

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