Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Ronaldo's double keeps Real on a roll

REAL MADRID 3 - SCHALKE 1

Goal king: Gareth Bale congratulates Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid unsurprisingly booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League after wrapping up an emphatic 9-2 aggregate victory over Schalke – but the Spanish side's night was soured by a potentially serious injury to young forward Jese.

A brace from Cristiano Ronaldo – his 40th and 41st goals of the season – and one for Alvaro Morata sealed a 3-1 victory on the night as Madrid sealed a last-16 tie that was as good as over after their 6-1 victory in the first leg.

Tim Hoogland's deflected strike was all Schalke had to show from their trip to Madrid, although they were at least spared a repeat of the drubbing suffered on home turf.

Jese was one of the fringe players brought in by Carlo Ancelotti but the 21-year-old's night was over almost immediately, reportedly suffering a suspected cruciate ligament injury in an innocuous tussle with Sead Kolasinac inside two minutes.

He was replaced by Gareth Bale and the Wales international didn't need long to make an impact.

With 22 minutes gone, Morata created the chance for Bale to work a yard of space on the right and drill in a low cross that Ronaldo turned home to take him past the 40-goal mark for a fourth successive season.

Schalke deservedly pulled one back after half an hour when Hoogland was allowed to advance through the midfield before rifling an effort that took a massive deflection off Sergio Ramos to wrong-foot Iker Casillas.

Madrid regained the lead on the night with 74 minutes on the clock, Ronaldo collecting the ball in midfield and running powerfully at the back-pedalling home defence before drilling a low effort inside Fahrmann's near post.

Ronaldo could have been celebrating a hat-trick two minutes later when he fired against the bar after Fahrmann had saved Morata's initial effort, but although Ronaldo had been thwarted the danger had not passed and Bale steered the ball back towards Morata, who slotted home.

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