Champions League - 2nd Leg
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Real Madrid 3-4 Schalke (5-4 agg)

By Andy CryerBBC Sport
Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored a record 76 Champions League goals
  • Ronaldo breaks Champions League goals record
  • Holders Real into fifth quarter-final in a row
  • Schalke are fifth in Bundesliga
  • Ancelotti apologises for loss

Real Madrid survived a real scare to qualify for their fifth successive Champions League quarter-final despite conceding four away goals to an impressive Schalke.

The holders were hanging on in the final few seconds as Schalke were just one goal away from producing one of the competition's biggest shocks after winning the second leg.

Trailing 2-0 after the first leg, Schalke twice led - through Christian Fuchs and ex-Real striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar - but Cristiano Ronaldo levelled each time with a header.

Karim Benzema gave the hosts the advantage on the night after the break but goals from Leroy Sane and Huntelaar saw a below-par Real endure a nervous finale in a thrilling encounter.

World Player of the Year Ronaldo became the Champions League's record scorer but, for once, the Portuguese was not the story as Bundesliga side Schalke threatened what was almost the unthinkable.

Champions League record scorers
Cristiano Ronaldo76 goals115 games
Lionel Messi75 goals93 games
Raul71 goals142 games
Ruud van Nistelrooy56 goals73 games
Thierry Henry50 goals112 games

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 were only denied just that by desperate late defending.

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

But, despite fifth-placed Schalke being 23 points behind Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich, there was no sign of a repeat as they finished with a 4-3 second-leg win, a scoreline with 500-1 odds before kick-off.

Real boss Carlo Ancelotti has been criticised by some supporters after four defeats since the turn of the year and losing La Liga top spot to Barcelona.

And the hosts' recent frailties were being exposed by a slick-passing Schalke, who took a deserved lead when Fuchs fired home from inside the penalty area, after a dummy by Huntelaar.

Ronaldo's headed leveller should have eased Real's nerves but the shock was still on as Schalke refused to let their hosts take any sort of control and regained the lead on the night through Huntelaar's close-range finish.

Knowing one more goal without reply would see them qualify, Schalke were dealt a harsh blow just before the break as Ronaldo again headed the defending champions level.

His two headers take his Champions League tally to 76 goals, one ahead of Barcelona's Lionel Messi, who plays in the last 16 against Manchester City next week.

He has also scored 60 goals in his last 59 Champions League appearances and 41 goals in all competitions this season. In contrast under-pressure Gareth Bale again had a quiet evening.

Benzema then finished smartly from inside the area after a weaving run but Schalke refused to go away quietly as 19-year-old substitute Sane curled into the net from 20 yards to level the scores on the night again.

An already tense evening became even more dramatic as Huntelaar's powerful 18-yard shot gave Schalke victory on the night and left the dismal hosts having to survive a frantic finale to limp through.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
Schalke were bidding for their third ever Champions League quarter-final
Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo scored three goals over the two legs against Schalke
Iker Casillas
Real Madrid have lost five matches since the start of 2015
Schalke almost became just the third team to win by two goals at Real Madrid in the last 10 years of the Champions League
Karim Benzema scored his 20th goal of the season


Real Madrid

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Casillas
  • 17ArbeloaSubstituted forNachoat 83'minutes
  • 3Pepe
  • 2Varane
  • 5da Silva CoentrãoBooked at 55minsSubstituted forMarceloat 58'minutes
  • 6KhediraSubstituted forModricat 58'minutes
  • 8Kroos
  • 23Isco
  • 11Bale
  • 9Benzema
  • 7Cristiano RonaldoBooked at 31mins


  • 12Marcelo
  • 13Navas
  • 14Hernández
  • 18Nacho
  • 19Modric
  • 20Rodríguez Ruiz
  • 24Illarramendi


Formation 3-1-4-2

  • 40Wellenreuther
  • 4Höwedes
  • 32Matip
  • 31Nastasic
  • 33NeustädterBooked at 90mins
  • 27BarnettaSubstituted forUchidaat 81'minutes
  • 12HögerSubstituted forGoretzkaat 57'minutes
  • 7Meyer
  • 23Fuchs
  • 13Choupo-MotingSubstituted forSanéat 29'minutes
  • 25Huntelaar


  • 8Goretzka
  • 19Sané
  • 22Uchida
  • 24Ayhan
  • 28Wetklo
  • 35Sobottka
  • 39Kehrer
Damir Skomina

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamSchalke
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Real Madrid 3, FC Schalke 04 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Real Madrid 3, FC Schalke 04 4.

  3. Booking

    Roman Neustädter (FC Schalke 04) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Benedikt Höwedes (FC Schalke 04).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Corner, FC Schalke 04. Conceded by Marcelo.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Benedikt Höwedes (FC Schalke 04) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Leon Goretzka (FC Schalke 04).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Leroy Sané (FC Schalke 04) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Max Meyer.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Leroy Sané (FC Schalke 04) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Leon Goretzka.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Real Madrid 3, FC Schalke 04 4. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (FC Schalke 04) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Isco (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Nacho replaces Álvaro Arbeloa.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Leon Goretzka (FC Schalke 04).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, FC Schalke 04. Atsuto Uchida replaces Tranquillo Barnetta.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Christian Fuchs (FC Schalke 04) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  19. Post update

    Offside, Real Madrid. Luka Modric tries a through ball, but Karim Benzema is caught offside.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Leon Goretzka (FC Schalke 04) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Leroy Sané.

As It Stood


1Atl Madrid64111431113
4Malmö FF6105415-113


1Real Madrid66001621418
2FC Basel621378-17


2B Leverkusen631274310
3Zenit St Petersburg621346-27


1B Dortmund64111441013


1Bayern Munich65011641215
2Man City62229818
4CSKA Moscow6123613-75


4Apoel Nicosia6015112-111


4NK Maribor6033413-93


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