Munich - Bundesliga sides suffered a mixed-bag of results in the last-16 UEFA Champions League first legs: FC Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund picked up potentially pivotal victories, while FC Schalke 04's and Bayer 04 Leverkusen's hopes of progressing were effectively shelved following heavy defeats against two European powerhouses.

And that's where's Champions League coverage ends for the time being, but you can still review all the pre- and post-match content below in case you missed anything on the night...

The key events from this week's Champions League Round of 16 action:

Julian Draxler was hopeful of fulfilling a 'childhood dream' of playing against Real Madrid, but it turned out to be more of a nightmare on Wednesday evening. "I should have made it 1-1 from such close range, even though it took a deflection," explained the 20-year-old. S04 head coach Jens Keller admitted that his side is "very young and still have a lot to learn at this level, their inexperience cost them tonight", while captain Benedikt Höwedes conceded that "it's a dream to play Madrid, but a bitter pill to swallow when you're so outclassed".

As part of Real Madrid's enviable three-man frontline, Gareth Bale put on quite a show in the Spanish sides' 6-1 win over FC Schalke 04, grabbing two goals and an assist to boot. When asked after the game whether the key for the Spaniards was performing as a unit, the Welshman responded with: "You can't win games with one player. The key is we're all working hard for each other and the team."

It was a night to forget for FC Schalke 04 in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League last-16 tie with Real Madrid CF. The Royal Blues started brightly enough, but come the full-time whistle were on the end of a lamentable 6-1 reverse. Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema all bagged a brace, before Klaas-Jan Huntelaar delivered an emphatic consolation at the death. Click here to read's exclusive match report.

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Despite remaining unbeaten since the turn of the year, FC Schalke 04 are well aware of the mountain they're attempting to climb on Wednesday night when they host Real Madrid CF at the Veltins Arena. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar considers the Royal Blues frontline their "biggest threat", but the same could be said of the Spanish giants. Click here read exclusive match preview.

Despite that terrible run, there's no doubt Schalke will be in for possibly their biggest test this season so far, and they'll also have to come up with a plan to stop Cristiano Ronaldo. The 29-year-old scored nine goals - a competition record - in the group stages and netted in both legs of the last 16 in 2012/13, at the end of which he was top scorer with 12 goals. The home defence will need to have done their homework.

Indeed, last season's defeat at Signal Iduna Park was the last encounter in what is a woeful record for the men from Madrid. Coming into tonight's game, they have lost 18 of their 25 matches in Germany, drawing six and winning just once, 3-2 at Bayer 04 Leverkusen back in September 2000. They have faced ten different German sides in European competition but this is the first time they will take on Schalke 04.

Cristiano Ronaldo has played four times in Germany in the Champions League, losing on each occasion. His Manchester United FC side were beaten 2-1 by VfB Stuttgart in October 2003, before he lost 2-1 with Real Madrid at FC Bayern München in the 2011/12 semi-finals. Last season, he also tasted defeat on two occasions when Madrid went to Borussia Dortmund, once in the group stages (2-1) and then again in the semi-final first leg (4-1).

Right then let's get some stats on the man that Schalke will likely have to keep the closest eye on this evening, reigning FIFA Ballon d'Or winner and world superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. Some of them are surprisingly promising for Jens Keller's men…

In the absence of Draxler, Leon Goretzka has done a sterling job in the Royal Blues midfield. The 18-year-old has started the last two league games, scoring in the recent win at Bayer 04 Leverkusen, and now he hopes to get the nod once more. "Of course I'd like to start," he told Sky, but it's the coach's decision. We need to make sure we don't give Real Madrid too much space, and then see if we can get at them going forward."

Let's get more from the Real Madrid camp now. This is what midfielder Xabi Alonso had to say about tonight's opponents Schalke: "This is the first time we've played them but they have a lot of experience in the competition. In the last few years they have come on a lot in the tournament and have players who have played in the Champions League. They also have great support from their fans. We're expecting a tough match against a physical side.”

Schalke coach Jens Keller could recall Julian Draxler for the game this evening after the 20-year-old made his long-awaited return to first-team action in last Friday's draw against 1. FSV Mainz 05. Draxler himself evidently can't wait to be involved, either from the bench or from the start, against the Spanish giants, as he told at the weekend. "It’s a dream of mine to play against Real Madrid," said the Germany international.

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has plenty of Champions League experience after leading AC Milan to the title in 2003 and 2007. The Italian made no bones about how difficult an opponent Schalke will be at his press conference last night.

One man who knows both clubs down to a tee is three-time Champions League winner Raul. The 36-year-old left Real as their all-time record goalscorer with 323 goals in 2010 to join the Royal Blues, where he then scored 28 times in 66 Bundesliga appearances. He preferred to sit on the fence when asked whom the would be supporting, but did say that Schalke would "need to play out of their skins" to have a chance of taking something to Madrid in the second leg. Read what else the man who has scored more Champions League goals than any other - 71 - had to say here.

So then, their Ruhrpott rivals Dortmund have done the job in their last 16 first leg. Can Schalke do the same? They have the altogether more daunting task of facing nine-time European Cup winners Real Madrid, who welcome back current World Footballer of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo to their side after a domestic suspension. Here's another opportunity to read our match preview.

Dortmund retain an army of admirers on the continent on account of theirblistering run to last season's final, and so their performance was equally well receievd by the international press. The BBC said they were "intent on making an amends for ther Bundesliga troubles and too good for Zenit", while British daily The Guardian praised BVB's pressing tactics and blistering start, calling the result a "commanding victory".

Unsurprisingly, the German media was equally enamoured by Dortmund's display in the Petrovsky stadium, although some also focused on Zenit's poor performance. BVB's could "hardly be in a better position", wrote Frankfurter Allgemeiner Zeitung, while Bild caleld the game "a shooting match" for Borussia and Süddeutsche Zeitung likened the encounter to a "Porsche racing a Trabi".

The Royal Blues are preparing for a mouth-watering game against Spanish giants Real Madrid, but last night it was their rivals Borussia Dortmund flying the Bundesliga flag in Europe's premier club competition. The Black-and-Yellows came away with a splendid 4-2 win at FC Zenit to put one step in the last eight. Marco Reus, scorer of the BVB's second goal called it a "ruthless" performance, and told that he thinks Borussia can "beat anyone". Read his full interview here.

A good morning to all of you waking up to another day with a German club in action in the Champions League. Over in Gelsenkirchen, the excitement is building...

Tuesday 25 February

With Ottmar Hitzfeld in attendance as a Sky-Studio guest for Borussia Dortmund's trip to Russia, the former BVB head coach was full of praise for the job Jürgen Klopp had done. "Jürgen Klopp did a fantastic job in setting up his side to be more lethal and dominant," said Hitzfeld. "There's no reason that BVB can't reach the Champions League final for a second season running." Klopp's response: "If Ottmar Hitzfeld's prediction is correct, then at least we'll have a few more fully-fit players."

Wing wizard Marco Reus played a key role in Dortmund scoring twice within the opening five minutes of their 4-2 win over Zenit St. Petersburg, but saw both positives and negatives in his side's performance. "We used our first two chances to devastating effect, but should have put them game to bed earlier," admitted the German international.

Borussia Dortmund have one foot in the quarter finals of the UEFA Champions League following their resounding 4-2 win on the road against Zenit St. Petersburg. BVB got off to a blistering start and, though the hosts managed to twice reduce the arrears, they had little answer for the intensity demonstrated by last year's finalist. Click here to read's exclusive match report.

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Meanwhile in Gelsenkirchen, Real Madrid's 'Galacticos' are having their final training session before tomorrow's game at the Veltins Arena...

Klopp’s counterpart, Luciano Spalletti, claimed that his side had "a rare opportunity to not just write a chapter in our history, but to put the title on the cover story of Zenit". The Russian club have a negative record (W4 D3 L5) when facing Bundesliga teams and have won just two of their six homes games against German opposition. Meanwhile, former FC Bayern midfielder Anatoliy Tymoshchuk could make his 50th appearance at Europe's top table should he feature tonight.

In amidst the issues with a rogue translator in his pre-match press conference, Dortmund head coach Jürgen Klopp managed to confirm that Robert Lewandowski (pictured l.) should be fit to feature on Tuesday evening. Click here to read's exclusive preview of the match.

Returning to Dortmund's imminent clash at Zenit, BVB fans will be buoyed by their side's decent record of three wins and a draw against Russian sides. Zenit have themselves won just four games from 12 against German opposition, but their last foray against a Bundesliga side will live long in the memory. In 2007/08 they knocked FC Bayern out of the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League, winning 4-0 at home. Franck Ribery's expression from that game says it all...

Coming up we'll have LIVE coverage of Schalke's press conference ahead of their clash with Madrid, where the guests will be coach Jens Keller, defender Felipe Santana and former Real Madrid striker Huntelaar....

Looking ahead to Wednesday's encounter against Schalke, Real Madrid goalkeeper and Spain captain Iker Casillas is expecting a very tough game at the Veltins Arena. "Schalke are a dangerous team. They have great players up front especially Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who is back after a long injury. I'm looking forward to the atmosphere there. It's the type of game all players want to play in because everyone will be watching," the 32-year-old told Sky.

Former Dortmund defender Christoph Metzelder also offered words of advice to his former club about not under-estimating the Zenit. "They are one of a group of clubs in eastern Europe that have invested hugely in their team in order to be able to compete for and win the Champions League. They haven't managed that, but you still can't take them lightly with the individuals they have," he told

Let's now get the opinion of someone who knows both Dortmund and Bayern pretty well. Kevin Kuranyi spent almost a decade in the Bundesliga with Schalke and VfB Stuttgart and now plays his football in Russia with FC Dinamo Moskva. The 31-year-old also accepts that Zenit have a hugely talented side, but also explained in an exclusive interview to that the Russian winter break may be their undoing. You can read the full interview here.

Possibly Zenit's biggest threat this evening will be Brazilian international striker Hulk, who joined the club in the summer of 2012 from FC Porto. BVB sporting director Michael Zorc (l.) is one who believes the 27-year-old will need to be stopped in his tracks, as he explained exclusively to "Hulk is a top-class forward whom you need to shut out and Axel Witsel is a key midfielder in a very talented Belgian national side. They aren't easy opposition."

Dortmund’s local rivals will test their mettle against Real Madrid at the Veltins Arena on Wednesday, but Ottmar Hitzfeld is decidedly less sure the Royal Blues will progress. "Schalke can deliver top performances when it matters, but they're definite underdogs against Real. Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema are a world-class front three. However, Madrid have also had one or two defeats this season, so they're not necessarily unbeatable. If Schalke can produce two top performances, then they can get though.”

As tough a test as playing away to the 2008 UEFA Cup winners will be, Dortmund need not fear their opponents according to former BVB boss and current Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld. "Borussia are favourites. Zenit have big names such as Hulk, Domenico Criscito, Danny or Roman Shirokov, who I like a lot, but they've not been very consistent in recent years. I think Dortmund have an advantage in terms of their mentality. The Russians aren't as strong in that department," believes the 65-year-old, who won the competition with the Black-and-Yellows in 1997.

Encouragingly for Klopp, his team may once again include defensive stalwart Mats Hummels after the 25-year-old's spate of ankle problems. The former FC Bayern München youth player hasn't played since Dortmund's Matchday 19 win at Eintracht Braunschweig, but Klopp will be keen to have a man of such experience back in his squad. Hummels played in all but two games as BVB reached last season's final, and also scored in this round in 2012/13 away at FC Shakhtar Donetsk.

Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp was his animated self at his pre-match press conference in Saint Petersburg on Monday evening, but he was keen not to make light of the difficulties his team will have facing Zenit. "They're a stronger team than many fans and journalists think," said the 46-year-old. Read more of Klopp's thoughts, and those of team captain Sebastian Kehl, here.