Real Madrid CF are among Europe's best eight teams for a fourth consecutive campaign after the nine-time winners completed the job of emphatically eliminating FC Schalke 04 from the UEFA Champions League.
A record 6-1 home defeat in the first leg meant Jens Keller's Schalke faced an all-but impossible task to reach this term's quarter-finals and their challenge got no easier in the return, Cristiano Ronaldo's 12th goal of this season's competition bringing the second leg to life in the 21st minute. Visiting full-back Tim Hoogland's deflected strike ten minutes later brought parity before second-half efforts from Ronaldo again – taking him within one goal of the record for a European Cup season – and Álvaro Morata wrapped up another Madrid victory.
We showed a good attitude, especially in the second half. All the teams in the quarter-finals are very strong – they are the best in Europe.
Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid coach
I was pleased with tonight’s performance because anyone who watched the game saw that we restored our honour. The team displayed a fighting mentality.
Jens Keller, Schalke coach
|1||Casillas (GK) (C)||1||Fährmann (GK)|
|13||Fernández (GK)||34||Hildebrand (GK)|
|Carlo Ancelotti (ITA)||Jens Keller (GER)|
|Sergei Karasev (RUS)|