Real Madrid thrash Schalke, Chelsea held by Galatasaray

2014-02-26 23:52

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Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema scored twice each as rampant Real Madrid ripped Schalke 04 apart with an empathic, one-sided 6-1 away win in the first leg of their round of 16 Champions League tie.

Benzema and Bale quickly put Real in control as Real raced to a 2-0 lead in 21 minutes at the Stadion Gelsenkirchen and  Ronaldo also hit the post before the break.

Ronaldo increased the lead with his 10th goal of the competition in the 52nd minute before setting up Benzema for the fourth with a delightful flick five minutes later.

Bale added the fifth in the 69th minute and Ronaldo rounded off the rout before Klaas-Jan Huntelaar pulled one back in stoppage time as Schalke slumped to their heaviest defeat in European competition.

Meanwhile, Aurelien Chedjou's second-half equaliser earned Galatasaray a 1-1 first-leg draw at home to Chelsea tonight to leave their Champions League last-16 tie evenly poised.

The defender took advantage of sloppy marking to find space in the box and steer home Wesley Sneijder's inswinging corner on 65 minutes.

Fernando Torres had silenced a raucous crowd when he fired Chelsea into a ninth-minute lead and the Premier League leaders controlled the first half.

But the Turkish side improved after the break and Selcuk Inan was guilty of a bad miss from close range minutes before Chedjou's goal.

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