Arsenal ended its nine-year trophy drought on Saturday, coming from two goals...
Real thrash Schalke, Chelsea held by Galatasaray
Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema all scored a brace as Real Madrid put one foot in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League with an emphatic win away to Schalke while Chelsea conceded the early lead to leave their tie in the balance against Galatasaray.
Madrid put their recent bad form against German clubs behind them, which has seen them win only once in 25 visits, with a performance of sheer class in a 6-1 thrashing of Schalke in their first leg last 16 tie.
Benzema and Bale scored in the opening 20 minutes for the visitors to give Real a comfortable lead at half time, however in the second half they cut loose effectively putting Schalke out of the tie with some sublime football that saw a further 4 goals.
A second half double from Ronaldo and a further goal apiece by Bale and Benzema finished off Schalke in a performance that made the Germans look very ordinary. Schalke came into the game off the back of an 8 match unbeaten run and in 4th position on the Bundesliga table however on last nights evidence one would have thought differently as Real dismantled them as though it was a cup tie against a lower league team.
Ronaldo’s scoring record in the Champions League is now a staggering 31 goals in 25 appearances (61 in 97 overall), 11 of them coming in this campaign with the team securing another record of scoring in 32 consecutive UCL matches. And to make matters even more daunting for any manager preparing to face Madrid, their front 3 of Ronaldo, Benzema and Bale have combined for 70 goals this season.
In Turkey, Jose Mourinho will be the happier of the 2 managers as Fernando Torres secured the important away goal for Chelsea in a 1-1 draw. The Blues will be disappointed at conceding the lead in the 64th minute from a set piece, Aurelien Chedjou scoring the equaliser for Galatasaray.