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Real Madrid survive Schalke scare

Published: Tuesday 10 March 2015, 22.35CET
Real Madrid CF 3-4 FC Schalke 04 (agg: 5-4)
Cristiano Ronaldo's record-breaking 77th and 78th goals in Europe were overshadowed by a valiant – if futile – victory.

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Match statistics

Real MadridSchalke

Goals scored3
 
4
Possession (%)51
 
49
Total attempts14
 
19
on target9
 
10
off target3
 
7
blocked2
 
2
against woodwork0
1
Corners5
 
7
Offsides2
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed4
 
7
Fouls suffered7
 
4
Passes493
 
526
completed442
 
476

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 10 March 2015, 22.35CET

Real Madrid survive Schalke scare

Real Madrid CF 3-4 FC Schalke 04 (agg: 5-4)
Cristiano Ronaldo's record-breaking 77th and 78th goals in Europe were overshadowed by a valiant – if futile – victory.

Real Madrid hold off valiant Schalke comeback to reach a fifth straight quarter-final
Cristiano Ronaldo scores his record-breaking 77th and 78th goals in UEFA club competition
Christian Fuchs (20) and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (40) put Schalke in front twice
Karim Benzema (53) makes it 3-2; Leory Sané (57) and Huntelaar (84) set up tense finale
Quarter-final draw in Nyon on 20 March at 12.00CET

Real Madrid CF edged into the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the fifth year in a row despite a valiant display from FC Schalke 04, who earned a famous second-leg victory but still narrowly bowed out of the competition.

Schalke were the better side in an open first half and twice led, through Christian Fuchs and ex-Madrid forward Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, yet Madrid were level at the break, thanks mainly to Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese twice headed into the Schalke net, taking his tally in UEFA club competition to 78, surpassing the record of former Madrid ace Raúl González, and when Karim Benzema struck eight minutes into the second half, Madrid were in front. Schalke levelled through 19-year-old Leroy Sané and Huntelaar's second of the night set up a tense finale, which Madrid survived – just.

With no team having ever overturned a two-goal home defeat in the UEFA Champions League era, Schalke – 2-0 losers in Gelsenkirchen – might have begun with little hope but they showed plenty of spirit, pressing and harrying at every turn. Ten minutes in, Max Meyer broke down the left and pulled the ball back to Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting whose first-time effort drifted wide.

Meyer then broke through the Madrid defence only to pull a weak shot wide, but still Madrid failed to heed the warnings and, in the 20th minute, they were punished. Tranquillo Barnetta's low cross from the right was allowed to reach Fuchs in space at the far post, and his fierce left-foot strike was too powerful for Iker Casillas.

Madrid roused themselves and five minutes later they were level, Toni Kroos crossing for Ronaldo to nod past Timon Wellenreuther – just as he had in the first leg – and equal Raúl's European mark. Schalke, however, were undaunted and Huntelaar's thunderous attempt from the edge of the area came back off the crossbar. Seconds later, the Dutchman was there again after Casillas parried Meyer's shot; Huntelaar pounced and this time Schalke were back in the lead.

Again Madrid's reply was swift and incisive, Fábio Coentrão's deep centre being headed in by Ronaldo on the stroke of half-time, before the holders gained breathing space early in the second period. Benzema kept his head to evade two defenders and then goalkeeper Wellenreuther to slot his sixth UEFA Champions League goal of the campaign.

Now it was Schalke's turn to muster a response, and they did so in considerable style. Substitute Sané, making his competition debut, found the room to arc a fine effort across Casillas and inside the far post.

Chances continued at both ends, Wellenreuther saving from Álvaro Arbeloa and Toni Kroos, the latter also curling narrowly wide. That proved crucial with six minutes left, as Huntelaar strode clear after Luka Modrić's tackle had inadvertently caught out the Madrid defence and thumped a shot past Casillas off the underside of the crossbar.

The keeper then sprang to his right to push away another Sané attempt, yet still Schalke were not beaten. It took a Casillas block from Benedikt Höwedes in added time to finally end their challenge, as Madrid scraped through.

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Christian Fuchs fires Schalke in front

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Schalke celebrate taking the lead at the Santiago Bernabéu

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Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after heading Madrid's first equaliser

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Christian Fuchs (left) and Álvaro Arbeloa contest an aerial ball

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Ronaldo is congratulated by Fábio Coentrão after his and Madrid's first goal

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Klaas-Jan Huntelaar after putting Schalke back in front

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Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring his 78th UEFA club competition goal

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Karim Benzema puts Madrid 3-2 up

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Schalke's 19-year-old substitute Leroy Sané is mobbed after making it 3-3

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Huntelaar celebrates putting Schalke 4-3 up on the night

Last updated: 29/05/15 3.14CET

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Lineups

real madrid

Real Madrid

schalke

Schalke

1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK) (C)
40
WellenreutherTimon Wellenreuther (GK)
2
VaraneRaphaël Varane
4
HöwedesBenedikt Höwedes (C)
3
PepePepe
7
MeyerMax Meyer
5
Fábio CoentrãoFábio Coentrão
Yellow Card55
Substitution58
12
HögerMarco Höger
Substitution57
6
KhediraSami Khedira
Substitution58
13
Choupo-MotingEric Maxim Choupo-Moting
Substitution29
7
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
Goal25
Yellow Card31
Goal45
23
FuchsChristian Fuchs
Goal20
8
KroosToni Kroos
25
HuntelaarKlaas-Jan Huntelaar
Goal40
Goal84
9
BenzemaKarim Benzema
Goal53
27
BarnettaTranquillo Barnetta
Substitution81
11
BaleGareth Bale
31
NastasićMatija Nastasić
17
ArbeloaÁlvaro Arbeloa
Substitution83
32
MatipJoël Matip
23
IscoIsco
33
NeustädterRoman Neustädter
Yellow Card90+4

Substitutes

13
NavasKeylor Navas (GK)
28
WetkloChristian Wetklo (GK)
12
MarceloMarcelo
Substitution58
8
GoretzkaLeon Goretzka
Substitution57
14
HernándezJavier Hernández
19
SanéLeroy Sané
Substitution29
Goal57
18
NachoNacho
Substitution83
22
UchidaAtsuto Uchida
Substitution81
19
ModrićLuka Modrić
Substitution58
24
Kaan AyhanKaan Ayhan
20
JeséJesé
35
SobottkaMarcel Sobottka
24
IllarramendiAsier Illarramendi
39
KehrerThilo Kehrer

Coach

Carlo Ancelotti (ITA) Roberto Di Matteo (ITA)

Referee

Damir Skomina (SVN)

Assistant referees

Jure Praprotnik (SVN), Robert Vukan (SVN)

Fourth official

Andraž Kovacic (SVN)

Additional assistant referees

Matej Jug (SVN), Slavko Vinčić (SVN)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution