European Champions League Roundup Mar. 10

German Bundesliga side Schalke gave Spanish giants and reigning European champions Real Madrid quite a scare at the Bernabeu on Tuesday, March 10 by beating them 4-3 in the second leg of their round-of-16 European Champions League tie. Real Madrid had won the first leg 2-0 in Germany and just managed to hang on to win 5-4 on aggregate. Schalke was just one goal away from ousting the titleholders and advancing to the quarterfinal stage.

Real Madrid fell behind after 20 minutes when Christian Fuchs scored for Schalke, but Cristiano Ronaldo wasted no time in pulling Real Madrid level by scoring just five minutes later. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar put the visitors ahead after 40 minutes, but once again Ronaldo leveled things up five minutes later and the two sides went to their dressing rooms tied at 2-2. This meant Schalke still had to win by two goals to advance. However Karim Benzema seemed to end all hopes of that happening when he put Madrid in the driver’s seat by making it 3-2 on the night after 53 minutes.

Schalke never gave up though with Leory drawing the game 3-3 just four minutes later. Huntelaar then put the German side in front with six minutes to play with his second goal of the game. Schalke threw everything they had at Madrid and would have advanced if it wasn’t for a few excellent saves by Real keeper Iker Casillas in the last six minutes of the contest. Ronaldo’s two goals give him 78 career Champions League strikes, which is a new competition record.

The other match of the day took place at the Estadio do Dragao in Porto, Portugal where Porto beat Swiss side Basel 4-0 to advance to the final eight 5-1 on aggregate. The two clubs drew the first meeting 1-1 in Basel. Yacine Brahimi opened the scoring in the 14th minute and that goal stood until the second half. Herrera made it 2-0 after 47 minutes with Casemiro making it 3-0 in the 56th and Aboubakar finishing the scoring for the night 20 minutes later.

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