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Match facts: Schalke v Real Madrid

Published: Sunday 23 February 2014, 2.45CET
Match facts: Schalke v Real Madrid
Schalke beat Basel to the runners-up spot in Group E ©AFP/Getty Images
 
 
 
Published: Sunday 23 February 2014, 2.45CET

Match facts: Schalke v Real Madrid

Schalke

UEFA milestones and competition statistics
• The 3-0 loss to Chelsea FC on matchday three was Schalke's worst at home in the UEFA Champions League and equalled their biggest margin of defeat home and away set at Manchester United FC (4-1) in 2011.

• Marco Höger and Roman Neustädter are both a booking away from a suspension.

UEFA Champions League squad changes
• In: Anthony Annan
• Out: Dennis Aogo, Jermaine Jones (Beşiktaş JK), Lars Unnerstall (FC Aarau, loan)

• Schalke announced on 12 February that Aogo, on loan from Hamburger SV, has agreed a contract until summer 2017. He is a long-term absentee with a knee injury suffered on 29 November.

General information
• The Gelsenkirchen outfit have won six and drawn two of their last eight games, a run that has helped them climb up to fourth in the Bundesliga. Schalke had won their last four home games before Friday's 0-0 draw with 1. FSV Mainz 05, when Julian Draxler made his first appearance of 2014 after a thigh injury.

• Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, back from a knee problem, scored on his first appearance in over five months as the Royal Blues won 3-0 at Hamburg on 26 January.

• Kyriakos Papadopoulos, who had not featured for the first team since 27 November 2012 due to a knee problem, returned as a late substitute on 15 December. He has made just two more brief appearances since.

• Höger has been out with a knee injury since 19 October, while Christian Clemens (pelvis) has been sidelined since December. Atsuto Uchida and Benedikt Höwedes have not featured since sustaining thigh injuries at the beginning of February. Jan Kirchhoff suffered a ligament injury during Schalke's first workout at their winter training camp in Qatar early last month.

• Bayer 04 Leverkusen's Sidney Sam will join Schalke at the end of the season on a four-year deal.

Real Madrid

UEFA milestones and competition statistics
• Cristiano Ronaldo scored nine times in the group stage, breaking the eight-goal record held jointly by Ruud van Nistelrooy (2004/05), Filippo Inzaghi and Hernán Crespo (both 2002/03) and matched by Zlatan Ibrahimović (2013/14). Ronaldo has struck 28 times in his last 23 matches in the competition, and 59 in 97 overall.

• The Merengues have scored in a record 31 UEFA Champions League games in a row.

• Madrid equalled the group stage record, held by Manchester United FC (1998/99) and FC Barcelona (2011/12), of 20 goals scored.

• Sergio Ramos is available after serving a suspension on matchday six.

UEFA Champions League squad changes
• In: None
• Out: None

General information
• Madrid have claimed 22 points in 2014, eight more than FC Barcelona, who began the year five points ahead of them at the summit alongside Club Atlético de Madrid.

• Madrid are 26 games unbeaten, winning 22, the longest run without defeat in Carlo Ancelotti's coaching career. They have won 15 of their last 16 matches.

• Asier Illarramendi scored his first Liga goal for Madrid in Saturday's 3-0 win against Elche FC.

• The Merengues kept a club record eight consecutive clean sheets between 6 and 28 January. Yet to make a Liga appearance this term, Iker Casillas has not conceded in his last nine outings – a run of 862 minutes.

• Ronaldo has scored 41 goals in his last 34 outings for club and country, including five hat-tricks.

• Ancelotti's side are through to the Copa del Rey final, where they will play Barcelona on 16 April.

• Sami Khedira has been out of action since tearing knee ligaments in Germany's 1-1 draw in Italy on 15 November.

Last updated: 24/02/14 12.46CET

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