Ancelotti hails Bale display

Carlo Ancelotti hailed Gareth Bale's "best game of the season" after he scored twice in Real Madrid's 6-1 rout of Schalke.

Last Updated: 27/02/14 at 08:21 Post Comment

Gareth Bale: Found the net twice on Wednesday night

Gareth Bale: Found the net twice on Wednesday night

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Real virtually secured their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Wednesday night with a stunning demolition of the German side in Gelsenkirchen.

The nine-time winners had only won once before in 25 trips to Germany but victory was never in doubt at the Veltins-Arena, with Real's most potent attacking weapons coming to the fore.

Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo all scored twice as an insatiable Madrid left Schalke requiring a miracle at the Bernabeu in three weeks' time despite Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scoring the goal of the night in time added-on.

"We played a very, very good match," said Real coach Ancelotti. "We got well into the match, scored two early goals and that opened the game and left us able to counter and to use the speed of our players.

"That was Bale's best game of the season."

Goals from Benzema and Bale gave a Real a two-goal lead after 21 minutes, but in between Iker Casillas pulled off a stunning save from Julian Draxler.

Jefferson Farfan sent a long cross that was slightly deflected and Draxler pounced from close range, only to see Casillas react with a fine reflex stop.

"It was an incredible save, maybe the crucial moment of the match," Ancelotti added. "It protected our lead."

Schalke's Julian Draxler admits the second leg will be a dead rubber and said: "The difference in class was clear. We can forget about the second leg and concentrate on the Bundesliga."

Defender Benedikt Hoewedes said: "We made too many mistakes. Real were in a different class."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

ell that really inspires me with confidence. No point in training, deciding on a coherent formation, or playing players in their best positions, let's just hope we get lucky.

mumbo_jimbo
Van Gaal: Luck is key

I

believe this is because for sepp Christmas is a 7 day feast finishing on the 25th

hiya
Blatter calls for early final

F

alcao really needs to shine now. Apparently according to the stats, he scores more when played up front alone. I wonder if Van Gaal will actually apply a formation to get the best out of him though.

anthracyte
Van Persie lay-off expected

Footer 365

Liverpool's Europa League exit a boost to top-four chances ahead of Manchester City showdown, says Jamie Carragher

Jamie Carragher looks ahead to Liverpool v Manchester City and reckons the Reds might find it easier to bounce back.

Arsenal announce £11m profit and £138.8m cash reserve

Arsenal have returned robust financial results, with turnover increased to £148.5m and an overall profit before tax of £11.1m.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal eyes 'luck'

Louis van Gaal claims the most important factor in Manchester United's pursuit of a top-four place is 'luck'.

Mail Box

Are Tottenham Right To Redevelop?

It's a really good Friday afternoon Mailbox, with thoughts on Spurs' ground development, the Europa league (leave it alone) and one man running for a very good cause...

Rodgers Is More Of A Paisley Than A Rafa

Most Liverpool fans in the Mailbox are claiming to be pleased to see the back of the Europa League. Plus merging the Europa and Champions League, and winter WC...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company