GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema scored two goals each, leading Real Madrid over Schalke 6-1 Wednesday night in the opener of their second-round Champions League matchup.
In the night’s other game, Aurelien Chedjou’s goal off Wesley Sneijder’s corner kick in the 64th minute gave Galatasaray a 1-1 tie against visiting Chelsea, which had gone ahead when Fernando Torres scored in the ninth minute.
Ronaldo’s two goals gave him 11 in the Champions League this season and 34 in 34 games overall this season. With 61 Champions League goals in his career, Ronaldo moved one ahead of Ruud Van Nistelrooy for third place, trailing only Raul Gonzalez (71) and Lionel Messi (66).
Real extended its unbeaten streak to 27 games, seven shy of the club record set in 1988-89. Second legs of the total-goals series are March 18. Los Blancos had 58 percent possession and outshot the hosts 21-10.
Benzema scored in the 13th and 57th minutes, while Bale had goals in the 21st and 69th minutes. Ronaldo scored in the 52nd and 89th.
Schalke’s Klaas-Jan Huntelaar had the most spectacular goal on a volley in the fourth minute of stoppage time.
in Istanbul, Torres scored following Cezar Azpilicueta’s cutback pass.
“I wouldn’t want to say that’s a great result. We all now know what a strong team they are,” Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard said. “Little bit disappointed today really at halftime it wasn’t more than one nil up. I think we played very well first half, we controlled it. They didn’t have any chances and we have about four or five very good counterattacks, and we didn’t make more of them.”
Didier Drogba, whose penalty kick won the 2012 title for Chelsea, was playing against his former team. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is trying to win a Champions League title with a third team following victories with Porto in 2004 and Inter Milan in 2010.
“They have very powerful strikers and we are going to have a difficult time at Stamford Bridge – that’s for sure,” Mourinho said.