13/03/2013 11:42 GMT

Galatasaray Fans Try To Dig Tunnel Into Schalke's Stadium

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.