Champions League - Round of 16 - 2nd Leg
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By Saj ChowdhuryBBC Sport
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo scores

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid reached the Champions League last eight with a 9-2 aggregate win over German side Schalke.

The forward opened the scoring in the 21st minute when he converted Gareth Bale's square ball from close range.

Schalke levelled when Tim Hoogland's low shot took a big deflection to beat keeper Iker Casillas.

Ronaldo scored his 41st this season with a low shot before Alvaro Morata tapped in the Spanish club's third.

In the build-up to Tuesday's game, Schalke manager Jens Keller admitted the tie was over after his side's 6-1 capitulation at home two weeks ago.

On that day the Bundesliga club's brittle defence was broken many times against a Real side at their most rampant.

A rejigged Los Blancos performed with slightly less bluster on their home pitch, although their 'second string' still looked more dangerous than Schalke's first.

Spanish youngsters Morata, Isco and Nacho made the most of their first-team chances, although forward Jese's night ended in the eighth minute when he was carried off on a stretcher after defender Sead Kolasinac had crashed into him. It was later revealed the 21-year-old suffered a cruciate ligament injury and is set to miss the rest of the season.

Jese's replacement, £85m-man Bale, provided the assist for Real's first when his precise low delivery was converted by Ronaldo.

It took Schalke until stoppage time in the first leg to score their solitary goal, on Wednesday it came in the 31st minute.

Real Madrid's Jese
Jese was stretchered off in the first 10 minutes - it was later announced he suffered a cruciate injury

There was a huge element of luck about it, with full-back Hoogland's low strike from 20 yards spinning off the studs of Sergio Ramos and past Casillas.

That was one of two clear opportunities in the match for the side from Gelsenkirchen - the other was a low strike from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar which drifted inches wide.

Real had chances to improve their advantage in the 10 minutes before and after the interval with Isco and Morata denied by Ralf Fahrmann before the keeper made a good block to keep out Ronaldo's header.

It appeared that Schalke's number one might escape with conceding just one goal at the Bernabeu as Real eased off after the break. However, his hopes were shattered in two explosive minutes.

First, Ronaldo, following more good work from Bale, ran 30 yards before drilling in before Morata swept in Bale's pass, after Ronaldo's shot had rebounded off the bar.

The Portuguese showman later came close to equalling Lionel Messi's Champions League record of 14 goals in one season when his shot hit the post.

But he will get another chance as Real underlined their tag as one of the strong favourites for the title.

Line-ups

Real Madrid

  • 1Casillas
  • 18Nacho
  • 5da Silva Coentrão
  • 14AlonsoSubstituted forCasemiroat 45'minutes
  • 2Varane
  • 4RamosSubstituted forCarvajalat 70'minutes
  • 24IllarramendiBooked at 58mins
  • 23Isco
  • 21Morata
  • 20Rodríguez RuizSubstituted forBaleat 8'minutes
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 3Pepe
  • 11Bale
  • 12Marcelo
  • 13Fernández Collado
  • 15Carvajal
  • 16Casemiro
  • 22Di María

Schalke

  • 1Fährmann
  • 2Hoogland
  • 6Kolasinac
  • 33Neustädter
  • 4HöwedesSubstituted forPapadopoulosat 58'minutesBooked at 79mins
  • 32Matip
  • 19Obasi
  • 24AyhanSubstituted forAnnanat 81'minutes
  • 25HuntelaarSubstituted forSzalaiat 45'minutes
  • 7Meyer
  • 10Draxler

Substitutes

  • 8Goretzka
  • 9Boateng
  • 14Papadopoulos
  • 28Szalai
  • 31Max
  • 34Hildebrand
  • 40Annan
Referee:
Sergey Karasev

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamSchalke
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home23
Away14
Shots on Target
Home10
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home7
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Real Madrid 3, FC Schalke 04 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Real Madrid 3, FC Schalke 04 1.

  3. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  4. Post update

    Delay in match Tim Hoogland (FC Schalke 04) because of an injury.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Casemiro (Real Madrid).

  6. Post update

    Tim Hoogland (FC Schalke 04) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tim Hoogland (FC Schalke 04) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

  8. Post update

    Corner, FC Schalke 04. Conceded by Nacho.

  9. Post update

    Offside, Real Madrid. Isco tries a through ball, but Fábio Coentrão is caught offside.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Anthony Annan (FC Schalke 04).

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Isco (Real Madrid) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo.

  13. Post update

    Offside, FC Schalke 04. Adám Szalai tries a through ball, but Julian Draxler is caught offside.

  14. Post update

    Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Álvaro Morata.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Álvaro Morata with a cross.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, FC Schalke 04. Anthony Annan replaces Kaan Ayhan.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Chinedu Obasi.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) left footed shot from long range on the right is blocked.

  19. Booking

    Kyriakos Papadopoulos (FC Schalke 04) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

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