Rocky Real Madrid Progress

FC Schalke 04 shocked the Bernabeu Stadium, and most of Europe, beating Real Madrid 4-3 in the Uefa Champions League on Tuesday, but it was not enough to avoid a 5-4 aggregate exit.  Pepe set the mood for the night with an early foul before Eric Choupo-Moting tried to score but missed to the right, as a sign of things to come for the Germans.  Christian Fuchs scored the first goal of the game with the assistance of Tranquillo Barnetta to put the Gelsenkirchen club 1-0 ahead.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the first goal for Madrid with a header to level matters.  A few minutes down the line he received a yellow card for a foul play.  Then it was 2-1 to Roberto Di Matteo’s men thanks to Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who put pressure on the home defence and scored the second goal.

Ronaldo did not take it lying down as he virtually carried Los Blancos on the night and scored the second goal for the hosts.  In the second half, Carlo Ancelotti’s men had the upper hand as Karim Benzema scored the third goal after receiving the ball inside the area and making his way across goal, beating a pair of defenders before unleashing past a hapless Iker Casillas.

At 3-2 the restless home supporters were kept at bay until Die Koenigsblauen pulled a rabbit out of the hat when Leroy Sane took a touch from wide outside the area and blasted a beautiful 20-yard special to equalise.  Huntelaar himself was not done yet and then finished in fine style to hand the Bundesliga club the advantage with six minutes to play.  However the 1o-time European champions held on to a 5-4 aggregate victory and progress, albeit unconvincingly, to the quarter-finals.