It was a long night in Germany as Schalke hosted Champions League rivals Real Madrid. The Spaniards entered the Veltins Arena on a mission, and they left with a stunning 6-1 victory in hand.
Braces from Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema capped off what was a stunning night for the visitors, while Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was able to find a late consolation goal for the Germans.
In the end, the pure quality of Real Madrid was just too much for Schalke, who look to be making their Champions League exit. Los Blancos will have six away goals to their name as the second leg will be played at the Santiago Bernabeu, meaning this tie may already be over.
In this article, we will take a look at six things we learned from Real Madrid's massive victory and discuss what they mean for both sides. The Spaniards are almost in the next round, but is their eye already set on the final?
*All statistics are courtesy of WhoScored.com.