Real Madrid take advantage Basel, Porto draw

cristiano_ronaldo_3053936bCristiano Ronaldo returned to goalscoring form and Marcelo was also on target as holders Real Madrid started their Champions League last-16 tie with a 2-0 win at Schalke.

Ronaldo ended a rare drought of three games by heading Real ahead in the first half at the Veltins-Arena before Marcelo made victory safe with a fine second late on.

Schalke proved much tougher opposition than last year, when they were thrashed 6-1 at the same stage by the same opponents, and rattled the bar at 1-0 down through Felix Platte.

Timon Wellenreuther, a 19-year-old goalkeeper pressed into action due to injuries, also impressed but ultimately Roberto Di Matteo’s side could not deny Real a 10th successive win in the competition.

Schalke, deploying a five-man defence, made an encouraging start and contained their visitors in the early stages.

Danilo was on target with a second-half penalty as Porto struck back for a 1-1 draw against Basel in the last-16 first-leg Champions League clash at St Jakob-Park on Wednesday evening.

The visitors had two goals ruled out over the course of the match as they pushed for a leveller after Derlis Gonzalez had put the hosts in front early on, but Porto fought back and their pressure paid off as Danilo made sure the Portuguese giants head into the second leg level.

The hosts took the lead with the first real chance of note after 11 minutes as Paraguay international Gonzalez slotted home his third goal in seven Champions League matches for the Swiss champions.—


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