Real Madrid 3 Schalke 4 (5-4 agg): Holders Survive Late Scare to advance
Real Madrid survived a fraught last 5 minutes to limp in to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals despite a 4-3 home defeat to Schalke on Tuesday.
Former Real forward Klaas-Jan Huntelaar threatened a famous upset having a stunning 85th-minute strike that meant Schalke required to score only once more to advance on away goals.
The holders’ 2- victory in Gelsenkirchen within the first leg ultimately demonstrated enough to determine them through 5-4 on aggregate – however the Bernaneu faithful were under impressed, because they welcomed the ultimate whistle having a deafening chorus of jeers as Real’s relative slump healthy ongoing.
4 – Schalke 04 are the initial away team to attain four goals against Real Madrid inside a knockout match in European competition. Mining.
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Cristiano Ronaldo had two times saved Real inside a poor first-half showing as his headers cancelled out goals from Christian Fuchs and Huntelaar – the Portuguese’s double making them the greatest goalscorer in European competition.
Karim Benzema put Real ahead around the night soon after half-time, just for Leroy Sane to curve home an ideal equaliser for Schalke, before Huntelaar’s superb finish generate a grandstand ending towards the game.
Real nearly held onto deny Roberto Di Matteo’s impressive Schalke side, however the pressure is constantly on the mount on Carlo Ancelotti to another below-componen display.
Foot: Real Madrid 3-4 Schalke (Ronaldo,25’,45’Benzema,53’ / Fuchs,20’ Huntelaar,40’,84’Sané,57’) #RealMadridvsSCH pic.twitter.com/zarLTfhkrg
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Ancelotti’s men – who tucked off the top of the La Liga in the weekend – were poor in the off, and Schalke capitalised to consider a deserved lead within the 20th minute.
Tranquillo Barnetta’s curling mix in the right found Fuchs behind publish and the shot was too effective for Iker Casillas – who may go through he must have made the save getting got two hands on your ball.
The visitors’ pleasure demonstrated short resided just as real struck back 5 minutes later, with Toni Kroos’ outswinging corner met by Ronaldo’s bullet header that travelled in to the far corner.
#Schalke gewinnt das Spektakel bei @realmadrid, scheidet erhobenen Hauptes aus der @ChampionsLeague aus. #RMAS04 pic.twitter.com/TPULrUyG2B
– FC Schalke 04 (@s04) March 10, 2015
Schalke were unfazed, though, and Huntelaar was anxiously unlucky to determine a sensational 20-yard half-volley rebound from the crossbar prior to the Dutchman deservedly restored the Bundesliga outfit’s advantage right after.
Meyer’s original shot was parried by Casillas and Huntelaar pounced to slam home the rebound.
But when again Ronaldo saved Real, their talisman nodding home Fabio Coentrao’s exquisite left-wing delivery right before the break.
Real moved ahead the very first time around the night eight minutes following the break, Benzema showing great composure to conquer a few defenders and rookie goalie Timon Wellenreuther before tucking in to the unguarded goal.
9 – @Cristiano Ronaldo has scored more headed goals than every other La Liga player this year (all comps). Hammer.
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Schalke declined to lie lower, though, as teen Sane marked his European debut having a sublime left-footed effort that curled past a despairing Casillas.
Real responded well, but were created to pass through a nervy ending once the coming back Luka Modric’s misplaced pass was selected up by Huntelaar, who slammed his shot from the bottom from the bar in the fringe of the penalty area.
The Bernabeu’s discontent was at full evidence with this point and Casillas avoided a complete-on mutiny as he denied Benedikt Howedes within the closing stages, just as real nearly survived an almighty scare.