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ended a brief goalscoring slump to
help holder Real Madrid beat Schalke
2--0 in the last 16 of the Champions
Ronaldo headed home in the 26th
minute of the first leg match, after
going three matches without a goal in
the Spanish league. He also set up
Marcelo for the second goal in the 79th.
In yesterday s other match, Danilo s
late goal from the penalty spot secured
a 1--1 draw for Porto at Basel.
The Brazilian defender equalised with
11 minutes to play in the last 16, first
leg match after a handball decision
against Walter Samuel.
Derlis Gonzalez put the Swiss team
ahead in the 11th, connecting with a
long pass from Fabian Frei and beating
two defenders before slotting the ball
Real Madrid routed Schalke 6--1 last
season at the same stadium with a
ruthless attacking performance, advanc-
ing 9--2 on aggregate.
This time, Schalke defended much
better but did not threaten much either.
The closest it came to scoring was
in the 74th, when Felix Platte, making
his Champions League debut, fired a
volley from the edge of the area against
the crossbar. The second leg in Spain
is on March 10.
Madrid stretched its winning streak
in the Champions League to ten, scoring
27 goals and conceding three. The
Spanish club had won only three of 27
trips to Germany before Wednesday.
Schalke defended mostly with five
men, often with eight and sometimes
had ten players behind the ball as
Madrid enjoyed two-thirds of the pos-
Ronaldo had a simple header for his
73rd goal in the Champions league after
Dani Carvajal floated a cross behind
the back of Schalke s defence.
In the second half, he shook off two
defenders to lay the ball on for Marcelo,
who curled a fine shot into the top cor-
ner from the edge of the penalty area
to complete the victory.
One minute before Ronaldo s goal,
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar tested Iker Casillas,
who dived to his left to turn the ball
Schalke s 19-year-old goalkeeper
Timon Wellenreuther, who was making
his debut in the Champions League,
then made a great point-blank save
from Karim Benzema. The ball slithered
through his legs but he dropped behind
to scoop it up.
Huntelaar limped out of the match
in the 33rd minute, to be replaced by
Platte, a 19-year-old debutant with 11
minutes of Bundesliga experience.
Kevin-Prince Boateng was then
booked for downing Ronaldo and will
miss the second leg.
Ronaldo took the free kick and fired
a dipping shot but Wellenreuther pro-
duced a spectacular save.
In the 40th, Ronaldo beat Wellen-
reuther to the ball but could not control
it before it went out of bounds.
Madrid dominated the second half
and Schalke rarely advanced beyond
the halfway line until late in the match.
Schalke's Benedikt Hoewedes, right, tries to stop Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo
during the Champions League round of 16 first leg soccer match between FC
Schalke 04 and Real Madrid in Gelsenkirchen, Germany yesterday.
Manchester United manager
Louis van Gaal has been warned
by the Football Association but
avoided further punishment fol-
lowing comments he made after
the FA Cup draw with Cambridge.
The Dutchman denied a charge
of misconduct after saying that
"every aspect of the match" had
been "against" his team following
United s surprise fourth-round
goalless draw at Cambridge last
A statement read: "Following an
Independent Regulatory Commis-
sion hearing on Wednesday 18 Feb-
ruary 2015, Louis van Gaal has
been warned as to his future con-
duct after he was found to have
breached FA Rules in relation to
"The Manchester United man-
ager denied that his comments
which followed The FA Cup Fourth
Round tie against Cambridge Unit-
ed on 23 January 2015 alleged
and/or implied bias on the part of
the match referee, and/or brought
the game into disrepute."
Having seen the Barclays Pre-
mier League giants held by their
Sky Bet League 2 hosts in the initial
encounter between the sides on
January 23, Van Gaal said: "Every
aspect of the match is against us---
the pitch, the referee, everything
that you can think about is against
"You have seen the referee. It s
always the same. Everywhere I
have coached these games---and I
have coached them also with other
clubs---it s always the same."
Van Gaal expressed surprise at
the FA charge and immediately
announced his intention to contest
it. He said: "I am very disappoint-
ed. For nearly 30 years I have been
a trainer, coach or manager and I
have never been charged.
"Up to now I don t think I said
something wrong. I said in our
press conference the same phrases,
because I know in advance that
everything is in favour of the
underdog. It is always like that."
Although Van Gaal was found
to be in breach of the rules, the
fact he has avoided a fine or a ban
suggests the panel deemed it a rel-
atively minor indiscretion.
United won the replay 3--0 at
Old Trafford and set up an FA Cup
quarterfinal against Arsenal by see-
ing off League One Preston 3--1.
Wilfried Bony hopes he can hit
the ground running at Manches-
ter City by continuing his fine
scoring record against Newcastle
The striker joined the Barclays
Premier League champions from
Swansea a month ago but only
linked up with his new team-mates
this week after helping Ivory Coast
win the African Nations Cup.
He admits it could take time for
City fans to see the best of him
but Newcastle would not relish
coming up against a player who
has scored three times in two pre-
vious Premier League games
Bony, who netted 34 times in
70 appearances for Swansea, said:
"It feels like a while since I signed
the contract but finally I m here,
I m really happy about that and
now I m just focusing on this Sat-
urday s game.
"For me, it was really important
to make this decision for my career
and my life and I m very happy to
be a City player. I have spoken to
my new team-mates and they have
welcomed me to the club and I m
already feeling at home.
"It s not easy because I ve just
arrived from Africa and I will have
had five days of training before we
play Newcastle. I have to take it
step by step and wait for the right
opportunity to present itself.
"If I am needed, I have a good
record against Newcastle--I ve
scored three goals in two games
Bony, 26, was City s only January
signing and was preferred to Stevan
Jovetic in manager Manuel Pelle-
grini s Champions League squad.
Pellegrini will hope Bony can
take some of the pressure for goals
off Sergio Aguero, with Jovetic and
fellow striker Edin Dzeko having
managed just nine between them
so far this season.
Meanwhile, midfielder Frank
Lampard believes City will win the
Champions League at some point,
and sees the double-header against
Barcelona in the last 16 as the per-
The 36-year-old said: "This is
a trophy every big club needs in
their collection and, the way City
are heading, it is one that will hap-
pen at some point.
"These sorts of games are the
ones you have to win if you are
going to go on and win the com-
"There were many years when
I was at Chelsea when success was
very close---I think I ve played in
four or five semifinals and also lost
a final against Manchester United,
so to actually win it in 2012 was
extra sweet and undoubtedly the
best night of my career to date.
"We have to be on the ball for
both games against Barcelona
because you re playing against such
high quality that one lapse of con-
centration will cost you the game."
Tottenham face the unenvi-
able task of playing six vital
matches over the next 17 days,
but Mauricio Pochettino is con-
fident they have the wherewithal
The Argentinian s start to life at
White Hart Lane was not straight-
forward, but the Capital One Cup
final against Chelsea on March 1
offers him the opportunity to end
his first season at the helm with
Spurs have emerged as genuine
top-four contenders during that
period and, furthermore, will
resume a two-pronged trophy hunt
today, when Fiorentina visit for
the first leg of their Europa League
The return fixture comes just
three days before the Wembley
showdown against Chelsea, while
the north Londoners also face Pre-
mier League matches against West
Ham, Swansea and QPR in what
is a frantic 17 days for the club.
"This is our 42nd official game
tomorrow in seven months,"
Pochettino said ahead of Fiorenti-
"It s important to manage the
squad and always analyse after the
games each case and each player.
And after to be clever and select
the best player to play in each
"For me, I prefer to play every
three days because it s a good sign
we are in all competitions.
"We have a strong squad for
playing in the Europa League, Pre-
mier League and the final of Cap-
ital One Cup against Chelsea. I am
"There is not a special worry
about that. All the squad are fit
and we are in a very good way."
Spurs are approaching every
match "like a final" now, Pochet-
tino says, and the importance of
a positive first-leg result against
Fiorentina is clear.
Like Spurs, Vincenzo Montella s
side are pushing for Champions
League qualification in the league
and are amongst the contenders
for the Europa League.
They arrive in north London
with a number of players well-
versed with English football, vary-
ing from Micah Richards to
Mohamed Salah, but Pochettino
does not believe that experience
will hinder Spurs chances.
In addition, the Tottenham
head coach does not believe the
exit of Fiorentina s star turn Juan
Cuadrado to Chelsea during the
winter transfer window will prove
much of a helping hand to his
Van Gaal warned over future conduct
Bony hoping for City chance
Pochettino unfazed by fixture pile-up
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