Real Madrid 3-4 Schalke 04: Los Blancos nearly sent crashing out

first_img But despite his shoddy performance, it was Casillas who saved Real Madrid from being eliminated, making two good saves as Schalke tried to grab a late fifth, which would have taken them to 5-5 on aggregate and through on away goals.  CET Madrid now just have one more match, at home against Levante, to prepare for the Clasico. Ancelotti will not be sleeping comfortably. Huntelaar did the damage, lashing past the goalkeeper, who for the first time, had no chance at stopping the strike.  With Alvaro Arbeloa and Gareth Bale notably badly, there was always the chance the Di Matteo’s men would score again. And they did. Roberto Di Matteo’s Schalke team came to the Santiago Bernabeu full of zest, and took the lead on two occasions, with Ronaldo pegging the Germans back both times. Former Real Madrid forward Klaas-Jan Huntelaar notched twice, but it was youngster Max Meyer who ran the show.  It was not to be, but despite the final whistle giving Real Madrid sweet relief, their players still looked shell-shocked.  Christian Fuchs opened the scoring for the Germans, with his strike at Casillas’ hands only turned into the net by the stopper. Rik Sharma Cristiano Ronaldo helped drag a sloppy Real Madrid side up by their bootstraps as they scraped their way into the Champions League quarter-finals.  10/03/2015 Upd. at 23:12 Karim Benzema looked to have taken the wind out of Schalke’s sails with a well-taken strike after the interval, but Leroy Sane’s curler gave the Germans a chance. Madrid were not functioning, with Iker Casillas particularly bad, and at fault at least in part, for three of the Schalke goals. Ronaldo, particularly, looked distinctly unimpressed with the whistles that were screaming around the Bernabeu.  But Ronaldo pulled Real Madrid level when he headed home Toni Kroos’s corner, and then nodded in on the stroke of half-time after Huntelaar had followed up a shot spilled by Casillas. last_img

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