Galatasaray Fans Try To Dig Tunnel Into Schalke's Stadium

13/03/2013 11:42 GMT

Galatasaray fans are one of the most vibrant and vocal set on the continent, and so determined were some ticketless fans to see their round-of-16 Champions League second leg tie against Schalke they were caught digging a tunnel into the stadium.

Schalke's sporting director Horst Heldt confirmed a group attempted to burrow their way into the Veltins-Arena to see the Turkish champions qualify for the quarter-finals.

Heldt said after Galatasaray's thrilling 4-3 aggregate victory: "Yes, that's right. Some supporters have tried to dig a tunnel with their bare hands."

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With the away section heavily oversubscribed and ticket touts demanding prices of up to €1,000 before kick-off, some fans literally got on their hands and knees to dig through frozen ground under a perimeter fence.

Umut Bulut scored a stoppage-time winner as Galatasaray, now boasting Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder for the knockout rounds, survived a Schalke onslaught to progress through to the last eight.