Real Madrid 3 Schalke 4 (5-4 agg): Holders survive late scare to progress

Real Madrid 3 Schalke 4 (5-4 agg): Holders survive late scare to progress

Real Madrid survived a fraught last five minutes to limp into the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals despite a 4-3 home defeat to Schalke on Tuesday.

Former Real forward Klaas-Jan Huntelaar threatened a famous upset with a stunning 85th-minute strike that meant Schalke needed to score just once more to progress on away goals.

The holders’ 2-0 victory in Gelsenkirchen in the first leg ultimately proved enough to see them through 5-4 on aggregate – but the Bernaneu faithful were less than impressed, as they greeted the final whistle with a deafening chorus of jeers as Real’s relative slump in form continued.

Cristiano Ronaldo had twice saved Real in a poor first-half showing as his headers cancelled out goals from Christian Fuchs and Huntelaar – the Portuguese’s double making him the highest goalscorer in European competition.

Karim Benzema put Real ahead on the night shortly after half-time, only for Leroy Sane to curl home an exquisite equaliser for Schalke, before Huntelaar’s superb finish set up a grandstand ending to the game.

Real just about held on to deny Roberto Di Matteo’s impressive Schalke side, but the pressure continues to mount on Carlo Ancelotti after another below-par display.

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