Real Madrid overcame its recent unconvincing form to defeat Schalke 04 2-0 in their Champions League round of 16 first leg clash.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored the opener in front of the German side home fans and later on assisted Marcelo’s thunderbolt as Real Madrid moved closer to a place in the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
The result couldn’t match Real’s record 6-1 thrashing of Schalke in the first leg in the same round last year but the home side still faces an uphill task of eliminating the defending champion.
In Switzerland, Basel and FC Porto drew 1-1. Basel scored with its lone shot on target in the 11th minute thanks to Derlis Gonzalez but Porto earned a valuable away goal through Danilo’s 79th minute penalty.