Bale sends Madrid hearts soaring at Schalke - Wednesday's Champions League in pictures

The Bundesliga side suffered a pounding at the hands of the Liga giants, while Galatasaray fought back against Chelsea to take a 1-1 draw from their home leg in the last 16

Real Madrid all but booked their place in the Champions League quarter-finals with an impressive 6-1 thrashing of Schalke with goals from Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Premier League table-toppers Chelsea faced former star Didier Drogba and were held to a 1-1 draw in Istanbul against a resilient Galatasaray.

Goal selects the best imagery from Wednesday's Champions League last 16 first leg action...

A white hot atmosphere inside Turk Telekom Arena awaited Chelsea

Nervous times as the Turkish side required a strong home performance to win

Ominous signs as Cesar Azpilicueta sets up Fernando Torres for a tap-in

It took Karim Benzema just 13 minutes to score for Real Madrid against Schalke

Ex-Chelsea star Didier Drogba urges his Galatasaray side on as hosts start slowly

Gareth Bale adds the second for Real Madrid after some nifty footwork inside the 18-yard box

Real Madrid appeared to be firing on all cylinders even at this early stage in the game

Relentless Ronaldo proved too hot to handle for Schalke all evening

Cristiano Ronaldo adds to Schalke's misery early in the second half to make it three

 Karim Benzema bagged his second goal on 57 minutes, rounding the keeper to score

On 64 minutes Aurelien Chedjou slotted home the equaliser for Galatasaray

The Cameroonian centre-back celebrates after bagging the vital goal for Galatasaray

Bale latches onto through-ball from Sergio Ramos to curl into the far corner to make it five

Real Madrid's sixth came again from Ronaldo who rounded the goalkeeper and fired in

Christian Fuchs look on in dismay after humbling defeat for shell-shocked Schalke