Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo each bagged a brace and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar struck an absolute thunderbolt as Real Madrid romped to a 6-1 win over Schalke, Wednesday.
The Primera Division leaders will now take a heavy advantage into the second leg of this UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie while the Royal Blues will be left to concentrate on their domestic campaign.
Following are player ratings and analysis for both sets of players.
Half-Time analysis for Schalke
Fahrmann: Madrid would be ahead by four or five but for his heroics.
Howedes: Had a chance to open the scoring in the first minute but couldn’t properly place his header at the far post.
Matip: Held his ground when Ronaldo attempted to nutmeg him midway through the period.
Santana: Was at least partially at fault for both Madrid goals.
Kolasinac: Containing Bale and Carvajal is hardly an easy assignment.
Boateng: The game’s best passer so far with a success rate of 95%.
Neustadter: Having difficulty opposite the likes of Modric, Alonso and Di Maria.
Farfan: Showed some flashes and was his side’s best attacker in the first half.
Meyer: Not nearly as involved as he’d like to be.
Draxler: Quite clearly lacking match-fitness.
Huntelaar: Only 16 touches of the ball and not a single shot.
Full-Time analysis for Schalke
Fahrmann: Conceded six but made several stunning saves.
Howedes: Distribution was poor, but he was always out-matched on the flank.
Matip: Embarrassed on Ronaldo’s first goal.
Santana: Found out of position when Ramos sprung Bale for the 5-0 goal.
Kolasinac: Withdrawn midway through the second half with an apparent jaw injury.
Boateng: Almost looked relieved when Goretzka replaced him in the 59th minute.
Neustadter: Cut to pieces in the centre of the park.
Farfan: Created the odd bit o danger from the right.
Meyer: Almost unnoticeable.
Draxler: Forced Casillas into a sublime stop in the first half.
Huntelaar: Scored an absolute scorcher of a volley in the 90th minute.
Goretzka: Was generally poor after replacing Boateng.
Obasi: Added a bit of spark after replacing Farfan.
Fuchs: Picked up an assist on the Huntelaar goal.
Half-Time analysis for Real Madrid
Casillas: Made an outstanding save to deny Draxler.
Carvajal: Linking up well with Bale.
Pepe: Celebrating his 31st birthday with a solid performance.
Ramos: Distribution has been excellent.
Marcelo: Would have earned an assist had Benzema been able to convert his cross in the dying moments of the first half.
Modric: Pulling the strings in the centre of the park.
Alonso: Not allowing Meyer a sniff.
Di Maria: Made several champagne passes and picked up a booking in an action-packed period.
Bale: Helped set up Benzema’s opener and then scored a terrific, individual goal to double the scoreline.
Benzema: Scored a goal and roamed about the attacking third with confidence during the first half.
Ronaldo: On another night he’d already have a hat-trick.
Full-Time analysis for Real Madrid
Casillas: Had no chance whatsoever on the Huntelaar golazo.
Carvajal: Quite obviously Ancelotti’s first-choice right-back.
Pepe: Was there to mop up on the rare occasion that Schalke tried to make something happen in the Madrid goalmouth.
Ramos: Played an exceptional through-ball to Bale for the Welshman’s second of the night.
Marcelo: He and Ronaldo dominated the left-hand side of the park after the restart.
Modric: Had 98 touches and completed 92% of his passes.
Alonso: Substituted early with an eye to the weekend’s derby against Atletico.
Di Maria: Worked his socks off in midfield.
Bale: Now has 14 goals this season despite spending a good chunk of it injured.
Benzema: Two calmly-taken goals for the Frenchman.
Ronaldo: Finally broke out for a brace in the second half, although he might have had four or five on the night.
Isco: Distribution was excellent after replacing Alonso.
Illarramendi: Still finding his feet in this Madrid team.
Jese: Only five touches in a brief cameo.