Cologne - After coming agonisingly close to reaching the last 16 of the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League with a 4-3 victory away to Real Madrid CF, the international media were full of praise for FC Schalke 04. rounds up the key reaction to a memorable night in the Spanish capital...


Marca: “Real almost grounded by Schalke. The Germans needed one more goal to eliminate the holders. Ancelotti’s men conceded four, they were close to being knocked out on several occasions. Their fans saw them off with jeers.”

AS: “Real almost go out. [Madrid's goalkeeper] Casillas looks unreliable, but eventually saves Real. The Bernabeu in shock.”

El Mundo: “Real were made to suffer right until the end. A poor Real were bettered by a Schalke side agonisingly close to booking their ticket to the next round. Casillas, who made mistakes on more than one occasion, eventually turned out to be the key to Real’s progression.”


Süddeutsche Zeitung: “Who else could score four in Madrid but still go out? It could only be Schalke 04. The people’s quarter-finalists [referring to the people’s champions tag Schalke were given after losing out on the Bundesliga title to Bayern in the last minute of the 2000/01 season] landed a glorious 4-3 victory but needed one more goal.”

kicker: “Schalke 04 just miss out on the quarter-finals, by one goal! The Knappen beat Read Madrid 4-3 after a magnificent display but went out on aggregate following the 2-0 defeat in the first leg. Roberto Di Matteo’s side played some brilliant football at the Estadio Bernabeu but Real scrambled through.”

United Kingdom

The Guardian: “With six minutes to go Schalke found themselves within a goal of completing an extraordinary turn-around. The Germans won 4-3 at the Santiago Bernabeu, a result that was enough to end a 10-match winning run for Madrid but not ultimately to end their defence of the European Cup.”

The Times: “Schalke came within an ace of recording perhaps the most dramatic result in European club football history last night when they beat Real Madrid 4-3 at the Bernabeu, falling one short of their target.“

BBC Sport: “Real Madrid survived a real scare to qualify for their fifth successive Champions League quarter-final despite conceding four goals to an impressive Schalke. The holders were hanging on in the final few seconds as Schalke were just one goal away from producing one of the competition's biggest shocks after winning the second leg.“


Gazzetta dello Sport: “Real got where they wanted in the end, but there was little reason for them to celebrate. Their fans were made to suffer a nervy final ten minutes.”