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Football: Real rout Schalke to earn rare win in Germany

Published on Feb 27, 2014 6:01 AM
(From left) Schalke's defender Sead Kolasinac, Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Schalke's midfielder Julian Draxler vie for the ball during the first-leg round of 16 Champions League football match in Gelsenkirchen, western Germany, on Feb 26, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany (AFP) - Real Madrid cruised to a rare victory on German soil as they romped to a 6-1 win at Schalke 04 in the Champions League's last 16, first-leg clash on Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014.

Real are now all but guaranteed a quarter-final place regardless of the return leg in Madrid on March 18 after Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale both netted twice in the rout.

Real's Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo also scored twice to see him take over from Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the competition's top-scorer with 11 European goals this season.

Netherlands striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored a 91st-minute consolation goal for Schalke, but the Royal Blues still suffered their heaviest defeat in European competition.

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