German Bundesliga side FC Schalke surprised Real Madrid on Tuesday evening when the dominated the Spanish La Liga side and beat the 4-3 in the UEfa Champions League Match.Even though Madrid progressed to the last 8 of the competition they are not going to forget about Schalke anytime soon.The Spanish giants are through to the quarter finals of the Uefa Champions league but they are surely not happy about their performance against FC Schalke last night.
Schalke came in to this game with a two goal disadvantage as they lost the first leg 2-0 at home but the previous score did not stand in the way of the Bundesliga based young team yesterday night.The German side dominated most of the game and could have scored more goals than they scored in the match. Schalke scored their first goal early in the first half courtesy of Fuchs who converted a powerful shot from inside the box leaving Casillas helpless in the goal posts.The lead was not to last long as Cristiano Ronaldo capitalized when the Schalke defence failed to mark his movement scoring a beautiful header for Madrid Equalizer.
Schalke continued to put pressure on Real Madrid even after the Ronaldo equaliser, as a result they managed to score another goal when Huntelaar scored a rebound that had bounced back from Casillas. Schalke were dominant in the first half and created more opportunities but some of these chances were not fruitful as they failed to connect on final passes.Real Madrid has been having a bad run in the domestic league and this proved in the match as they failed to connect passes in the first half and gave away the ball cheaply in most of the match.
Nonetheless the Match proved that a big team is always likely to win a match even if they are performing dismally.Individual players are always key in such games as they can pull stunts for themselves and this is what happened yesterday.Just after Schalke scored a second goal making it 2-1 in the match Cristiano Ronaldo came back a few minutes later and scored another great header after his countryman Fabio Coentrao whipped a quality cross allowing the game to stay tied again.Both Madrid and Schalke continued to create chances in the last minutes of the first half it was to end with a 2-2 tie.
Real Madrid came to the second half with intentions to fix mistakes that they had made in the first half.An introduction of Luka Modric saw the game change for the better for the former La Liga champions. Modric controlled the midfield and allowed Madrid to get back to the game as soon as he came into the match as as a result Real Madrid then started creating more chances in the front.Gareth Bale had a poor performance in this match,the left footed attacker failed to utilize the ball in most of the match and he also displayed a lack of confidence as he made mistakes every time he touched the ball.
A few minutes into the second half saw Real Madrid get a third goal courtesy of Karim Benzema who dribbled a couple of defenders in the box and put the ball past Schalke goalkeeper. It looked like the game had ended for Schalke as the aggregate score was now 5-2 to Real Madrid but the Bundesliga came back with an equalizer once again when 19 year old substitute Sane scored a beautiful curler that left Casillas helpless in the goals.The score was now 3-3 and it would seem like the match is over but Huntelaar would come back again with another great strike that the Real Madrid goalkeeper failed to stop making the score 4-3 to FC Schalke.
The visitors continued to knock at Real Madrid doors but the home side had settled for a loss and were just willing to ensure they don’t allow another goal in as they had already qualified with the current score.The match eventually ended with a 4-3 win for Schalke but they still lost on aggregate thus allowing Madrid to go through to the last eight of the Champions League.The German based club should take only positives in this game,even though they did not qualify they played well and still managed to upset one of the biggest teams in Spain with a convincing win.