Real Routs Schalke in a Seven-Goal Thriller

Gareth Bale scored twice as Real Madrid hammered Schalke away to all but reach the Champions League quarter-finals.

The Welshman netted his side’s second after a mazy dribble and added a cool finish for Real’s fifth.

Cristiano Ronaldo beat Joel Matip with a flurry of stepovers for a superb third as he and Karim Benzema also scored twice in a thrilling display.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar’s spectacular injury-time volley pulled a goal back, but the tie seems over as a contest.

Schalke 1-6 Real Madrid: Real Madrid are All but Sure of a Quarter-Final Appearance in the Champions League.
Schalke 1-6 Real Madrid: Real Madrid are All but Sure of a Quarter-Final Appearance in the Champions League.

Schalke boss Jens Keller: “We knew that Real would use the space we would give them after they scored the opener and they simply punished us for every mistake we made. We are a young team that still has lots to learn at this level.

“We made too many simple mistakes. We had a good start, played bravely until we conceded the opener. A mistake allowed Real to score the opener but we immediately had the chance for the equaliser.

“These types of chances don’t come along that often against a side like Real. When you make that many mistakes against Real they will punish you without a second thought.”

Source: BBC Sport

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