Real Madrid have one foot in the quarter-finals of the Champions League after their 6-1 demolition over Schalke at the Veltins Arena, in their first-leg last 16 Champions League tie.
Real Madrid made the perfect start at the Veltins Arena when French striker Karim Benzema broke the deadlock in the 13th minute after some neat interplay by Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.
World record signing Bale then doubled the Madrid side’s lead just 10 minutes later when he danced past three Schalke defenders, before sneaking his snap-shot into the bottom corner to make it 2-0.
Ronaldo came close to adding his name to the score-sheet but the Portuguese player’s shot came back off the post.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men totally dominated their German hosts and should have been a few more goals to the good going into the first half interval.
Ronaldo did not have to wait long to get on the score sheet and in the 52nd minute the former Manchester United star picked up his 10th goal in six Champions League appearances so far this season. The Portuguese skipper drove past Matip inside the box before flashing his effort into the bottom corner.
Just five minutes later and Benzema grabbed his second of the night, after the striker ran onto a Ronaldo flick before firing into the bottom corner to make it 4-0 to Real.
Bale then added Madrid’s fifth and all but booked their spot in the Champion’s League quarter-finals when the former Tottenham Hotspurs winger ran onto a Sergio Ramos through ball before curling his shot into the far corner.
Real were not done yet and who else but Cristiano Ronaldo made it 6-0 when he ran onto a Benzema pass before rounding the keeper and sliding the ball into an empty net.
Schalke did give their fans something to cheer about as Klaas Jan Huntelaar scored the goal of the night as he volleyed first time into the top corner from the edge of the box in the final few minutes of play.
The goal was too little too late as the second-leg at the Bernabeu will be a mere formality as Real Madrid all but booked their quarter-final spot.