Real Madrid put in perhaps their most devastating performance of the season last night as they thrashed Schalke 6-1 book their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League barring a miracle for the Bundesliga side in three weeks time.
Unsurprisingly, the Madrid press has plenty of coverage of the match, and there is much focus in the BBC trio of Bale, Benzema and Cristiano, who all scored two goals each. Barbaric, Bestial, Colosal, screams Marca’s front page.
The six goals last night mean the three have scored 70 goals between them this season – 36 for Ronaldo, 20 for Benzema, and 14 for Bale, who is enjoying a very productive first season at the Santiago Bernabeu since his move from Tottenham Hotspur last summer. Ronaldo’s double also sees him overtake Zlatan Ibrahimovic to become the competition’s leading scorer this year, with 11 goals in six games.
AS also looks at the performance of Iker Casillas, who made a stunning stop from Julian Draxler when the score was still 1-0. The World-Cup winner was finally beaten though and conceded his first goal since November 27. Former Real Madrid forward, Klaas Jan Huntelaar rifled in an unstoppable effort at the end of the game, meaning Iker Casillas’ record for not conceding stands at 952 minutes.