Posted by News Express | 11 March 2015 | 3,431 times
Cup holders Real Madrid of Spain last night got a hefty shock at home, losing 3-4 to visiting German underdogs Schalke 04, which parades Nigerian forward Chinedu Ogbuke, who, however, did not feature in the encounter. But the feat was not enough for Schalke 04 to overcome their 2-0 defeat in the first leg.
Former Real forward Klaas-Jan Huntelaar threatened a famous upset with a stunning 85th-minute strike that meant Schalke needed to score just once more to progress on away goals.
The holders’ 2-0 victory in Gelsenkirchen in the first leg ultimately proved enough to see them through 5-4 on aggregate – but the Bernaneu faithful were less than impressed, as they greeted the final whistle with a deafening chorus of jeers as Real’s relative slump in form continued.
Cristiano Ronaldo had twice saved Real in a poor first-half showing as his headers cancelled out goals from Christian Fuchs and Huntelaar – the Portuguese’s double making him the highest goalscorer in European competition.
Karim Benzema put Real ahead on the night shortly after half-time, only for Leroy Sane to curl home an exquisite equaliser for Schalke, before Huntelaar’s superb finish set up a grandstand ending to the game.
Real just about held on to deny Roberto Di Matteo’s impressive Schalke side, but the pressure continues to mount on Carlo Ancelotti after another below-par display.
Meanwhile, Porto obliterated the Swiss team Basel, 4-0, in Portugal, for an aggregate score of 5-1 to join Real Madrid in the quarter-finals.
Today, Chelsea of England host Paris Saint-Germain of France at Stamford Bridge while Germany’s Bayern Munich host Shakhtar Donetsk at the Alianz Arena. The first leg encounters had ended in draws.
•Pieced together from reports in The Anadolu Agency and Complete Sports. Photo shows action from the Real Madrid and Schalke 04 clash of last night.
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