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UEFA Champions League

  • March 18, 2014
  • • 3:45 PM
  • • Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
  • Referee: S. Karasev
  • • Attendance: 65148
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Real Madrid win Aggregate 9 - 2

Real Madrid 3-1 Schalke (Agg: 9-2): Ronaldo makes history but Jese suffers injury blow

Real Madrid 3-1 Schalke (Agg: 9-2): Ronaldo makes history but Jese suffers injury blow

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The Portugal international stole the headlines yet again as Madrid moved into the quarterfinals with another comfortable win over the Bundesliga side

Cristiano Ronaldo equaled Ferenc Puskas' goalscoring record as Real Madrid beat Schalke 3-1 and secured its progress to the quarterfinals of the competition with a 9-2 aggregate win.

The prolific Portugal captain took his goal tally for the La Liga leaders to 41 for the season and 13 in the Champions League in 2013-14.

The tie was settled in the first leg in Gelsenkirchen a fortnight ago, when Ronaldo also scored twice as Real hammered the Bundesliga side 6-1 to put one foot in the last eight and Ancelotti's men finished off the job at the Bernabeu.

Ronaldo opened the scoring and restored Real's lead 16 minutes from time after Tim Hoogland briefly leveled for the visitors on the night.

Alvaro Morata sealed the victory a minute after Ronaldo's second goal and the former Manchester United forward struck the crossbar and the post in another outstanding display.

But there was concern for Madrid ahead of Sunday's Clasico against Barcelona as Jese Rodriguez was forced off early on and replaced by Gareth Bale after suffering suspected cruciate knee ligament damage

Real was determined to finish the job in style and were in front after 21 minutes when Bale picked out Ronaldo and the Portugal forward was left with a simple finish from six yards out.

Bale then produced a rapid turn of foot before setting up Morata, but the striker scuffed his right-foot finish with only Ralf Fahrmann to beat.

But Schalke was level against the run of play when defender Hoogland's strike from outside the penalty area deflected off Ramos and wrong-footed Casillas after 31 minutes.

Real responded and Fahrmann had to be alert to deny Isco and Morata. Former Real striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar then spurned a great chance to give Schalke a halftime lead when his left-foot finish was just wide of the far post.

The prolific Ronaldo sensed the opportunity to add to his incredible goal tally, but Fahrmann produced a fine save to keep out his downward header six minutes into the second half.

Schalke suffered a blow when Benedikt Howedes was withdrawn injured 11 minutes after the break and the club was behind once again when Ronaldo drove forward 16 minutes from time and beat Fahrmann at his near post.

The 29-year-old then spurned a chance to score a hat trick when his shot struck the bar, but Bale set up Morata and the young striker made no mistake after he had been initially denied by Fahrmann. 

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