Real Madrid CF registered their tenth straight UEFA Champions League victory in winning at FC Schalke 04, matching FC Bayern München's competition record.
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Real Madrid CF have equalled the record for successive UEFA Champions League victories with their 2-0 win at FC Schalke 04 in Wednesday's round of 16 first leg.
Carlo Ancelotti's side have won every game they have played in the competition since the 1-0 home success against FC Bayern München in last season's semi-final first leg. They duly match Bayern's ten-game winning run set in 2013.
As with the German club, Madrid's sequence spans two campaigns and includes a final victory – in their case, the 4-1 extra-time defeat of neighbours Club Atlético de Madrid in Lisbon in May. While Jupp Heynckes and Josep Guardiola masterminded Bayern's winning streak between them, coach Ancelotti has overseen all of Madrid's triumphs. He has also won 18 of his 20 UEFA Champions League fixtures with the Liga team.
Over the course of their ten victories – since losing 2-0 at Borussia Dortmund in last term's quarter-final second leg, which was not enough to prevent a 3-2 aggregate success – the European champions have scored 27 goals and conceded just three.
The Madrid run in full is:
1-0, home, v FC Bayern München
4-0, away, v FC Bayern München
4-1, neutral, v Club Atlético de Madrid (aet)
5-1, home, v FC Basel 1893
2-1, away, v PFC Ludogorets Razgrad
3-0, away, v Liverpool FC
1-0, home, v Liverpool FC
1-0, away, v FC Basel 1893
4-0, home, v PFC Ludogorets Razgrad
2-0, away, v FC Schalke 04
Madrid also beat Sevilla FC in the UEFA Super Cup in August, so have now won 11 European matches in a row.
Top winning streaks
Real Madrid CF 10 (23/04/14 – 18/02/2015)
FC Bayern München 10 (02/04/2013 – 27/11/2013)
FC Barcelona* 9 (18/09/2002 – 18/02/2003)
Borussia Dortmund 8 (04/12/1996 – 01/10/1997)
* Barcelona posted 11 consecutive European victories during the 2002/03 campaign. The sequence commenced in the third qualifying round against Legia Warszawa before continuing into the competition proper. It ended when they were held 0-0 at FC Internazionale Milano in the second group stage.