Champions League - Round of 16 - 1st Leg
Schalke0Real Madrid2

FC Schalke 04 0-2 Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo scores
Ronaldo pounced to beat Schalke's goalkeeper to the ball as he headed the opener
  • Madrid have 10 straight Champions League wins
  • Ronaldo has 58 goals in 58 Champions League games
  • Marcelo's stunning strike doubles lead
  • Second leg at Bernabeu on 10 March

Cristiano Ronaldo ended a three-game goal drought as Real Madrid took control of their Champions League last-16 tie with Schalke in Gelsenkirchen.

The forward's form was questioned before kick-off but he headed in Dani Carvajal's cross to open the scoring.

He also created the second goal which arrived moments after Schalke's Felix Platte had smashed against the bar.

Marcelo capitalised, driving into the top corner, and the holders will take a healthy lead to Madrid on 10 March.

Los Blancos ended a 12-year wait to capture 'La Decima' - a 10th European Cup win - last season and thumped Schalke 9-2 on aggregate at the same stage of the competition.

While this result may not lead to such a convincing margin of victory, it was achieved with dominance from the start and Carlo Ancelotti's side ended with 61% possession.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Los Blancos have now won 10 straight games in the competition and with James Rodriguez to return from injury to assist Gareth Bale, Benzema and Ronaldo, they have a stockpile of talent to threaten retaining the trophy.

Ronaldo has a staggering 58 goals in 58 appearances in the competition but judged on his own incredible standards, the Fifa World Player of the Year's form was a hot topic at Ancelotti's pre-match news conference.

It took just 26 minutes for him to repay his manager's backing, beating Schalke goalkeeper Timon Wellenreuther to the ball to head home.

The Portuguese has now scored in 12 straight Champions League away games and Madrid should have should have taken further control minutes later but Benzema could only drive at the goalkeeper's legs when clean through.

Schalke's solid early start - built on deep defending when Madrid kept possession - had been undone and only Wellenreuther's diving save prevented Ronaldo a second with a dipping free-kick.

Roberto Di Matteo's side lost ex-Madrid striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to injury before the break but stuck to their task defensively in the second period and will rue Platte's narrow miss.

The substitute rattled the woodwork from 18 yards with Iker Casillas beaten and Atsuto Uchida's follow up lacked the power or direction to level.

It would prove a key moment as when Ronaldo dribbled from the left flank to feed Marcelo, the Brazilian full-back drew his right foot to thunder into the top corner.

Only Barcelona and Juventus have won by a two-goal margin in the Champions League at the Bernabeu in the last 10 years but Schalke will need to do just that if they are to reach the quarter-finals for only the third time in their history.

Roberto Di Matteo
Schalke have never won the Champions League but manager Roberto Di Matteo did with Chelsea in 2012
Lucas Silva
Real Madrid gave January signing Lucas Silva a full debut
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates
Ronaldo headed his 58th goal in 58 Champions League games from Dani Carvajal's cross
Real Madrid celebrate in Schalke
Real manager Carlo Ancelotti joined in celebrations when Marcelo scored his second goal of the season

Line-ups

Schalke

  • 40Wellenreuther
  • 22Uchida
  • 4Höwedes
  • 32Matip
  • 31Nastasic
  • 15Aogo
  • 12HögerSubstituted forMeyerat 80'minutes
  • 33NeustädterBooked at 45minsSubstituted forKirchhoffat 57'minutesBooked at 63mins
  • 9BoatengBooked at 34mins
  • 25HuntelaarSubstituted forPlatteat 33'minutes
  • 13Choupo-Moting

Substitutes

  • 3Kirchhoff
  • 7Meyer
  • 23Fuchs
  • 24Ayhan
  • 27Barnetta
  • 28Wetklo
  • 36Platte

Real Madrid

  • 1Casillas
  • 15CarvajalSubstituted forArbeloaat 82'minutes
  • 3Pepe
  • 2Varane
  • 12Marcelo
  • 16Borges
  • 8KroosBooked at 9mins
  • 23IscoSubstituted forIllarramendiat 85'minutes
  • 11Bale
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forHernándezat 78'minutes
  • 7Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 13Navas
  • 14Hernández
  • 17Arbeloa
  • 18Nacho
  • 20Jesé
  • 24Illarramendi
  • 26Medrán
Referee:
Martin Atkinson
Attendance:
54,442

Match Stats

Home TeamSchalkeAway TeamReal Madrid
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home8
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away2
Fouls
Home15
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, FC Schalke 04 0, Real Madrid 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, FC Schalke 04 0, Real Madrid 2.

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Dennis Aogo (FC Schalke 04).

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Asier Illarramendi replaces Isco.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Álvaro Arbeloa replaces Daniel Carvajal.

Offside, FC Schalke 04. Eric Choupo-Moting tries a through ball, but Max Meyer is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Schalke 04. Max Meyer replaces Marco Höger.

Goal!

Goal! FC Schalke 04 0, Real Madrid 2. Marcelo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Javier Hernández replaces Karim Benzema.

Offside, Real Madrid. Gareth Bale tries a through ball, but Karim Benzema is caught offside.

Marcelo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marco Höger (FC Schalke 04).

Corner, FC Schalke 04. Conceded by Iker Casillas.

Attempt saved. Atsuto Uchida (FC Schalke 04) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Felix Platte (FC Schalke 04) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Atsuto Uchida.

Attempt blocked. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Benedikt Höwedes (FC Schalke 04).

Attempt missed. Isco (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Gareth Bale.

Attempt saved. Kevin-Prince Boateng (FC Schalke 04) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Atsuto Uchida.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid) because of an injury.

Booking

Jan Kirchhoff (FC Schalke 04) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jan Kirchhoff (FC Schalke 04).

Attempt missed. Kevin-Prince Boateng (FC Schalke 04) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Marco Höger.

Isco (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Marco Höger (FC Schalke 04).

Substitution

Substitution, FC Schalke 04. Jan Kirchhoff replaces Roman Neustädter.

Offside, Real Madrid. Gareth Bale tries a through ball, but Isco is caught offside.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Matija Nastasic.

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Dennis Aogo (FC Schalke 04).

Marcelo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Felix Platte (FC Schalke 04).

Foul by Isco (Real Madrid).

Marco Höger (FC Schalke 04) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Second Half

Second Half begins FC Schalke 04 0, Real Madrid 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, FC Schalke 04 0, Real Madrid 1.

goal

As It Stood

A

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1Atl Madrid64111431113
2Juventus631274310
3Olympiakos63031013-39
4Malmö FF6105415-113

B

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1Real Madrid66001621418
2FC Basel621378-17
3Liverpool612359-45
4Ludogorets6114514-94

C

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1Monaco632141311
2B Leverkusen631274310
3Zenit St Petersburg621346-27
4Benfica612326-45

D

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1B Dortmund64111441013
2Arsenal6411158713
3Anderlecht6132810-26
4Galatasaray6015419-151

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayern Munich65011641215
2Man City62229818
3Roma6123814-65
4CSKA Moscow6123613-75

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona65011551015
2PSG6411107313
3Ajax6123810-25
4Apoel Nicosia6015112-111

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea64201731414
2Schalke6222914-58
3Sporting6213121207
4NK Maribor6033413-93

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Porto64201641214
2Shakhtar Donetsk6231154119
3Ath Bilbao621356-17
4BATE Borisov6105224-223
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