Two teams advanced into the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals on Tuesday in markedly-different fashion.
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Porto absolutely smashed Swiss champs Basel from the competition, while Real Madrid had to withstand a Schalke attack that came one goal from a startling upset.
Real Madrid 3-4 (5-4) Schalke – RECAP
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Roberto Di Matteo’s visitors just wouldn’t go away, scoring goal after goal to keep the hopes of an historic upset alive. Schalke took 1-0, 2-0 and 4-3 leads in the match yet never equalized on aggregate, as Real Madrid’s 2-0 road win from leg No. 1 held up.
Which isn’t to say Los Merengues didn’t have their moments. Cristiano Ronaldo provided the first two equalizers of the night before Karim Benzema gave Real an all-too-brief 3-2 lead.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored twice for Schalke while Christian Fuchs opened the scoring and teenage striker Leroy Sane added the fourth.
Basel 4-0 (5-1) Porto – RECAP
Tomáš Vaclík was spectator on the first Basel goal, Yacine Brahimi’s free kick tracing the top of the Basel wall before leaving the keeper flat-footed. Distance goals followed from Casemiro, his a stunning free kick, as well as Hector Herrera and Vincent Aboubakar.