Cape Town - Cristiano Ronaldo ended a rare three game goalscoring drought
with the first goal in Real Madrid's record equalling 10th straight Champions
League win on Wednesday beating Schalke 04 2-0 in Germany.
The holders, whose other goal came through Brazilian Marcelo
in the second-half, will fancy their chances of easing through to the
quarter-finals when they meet in the second leg next month.
Real's victory, which fortunately for the hosts did not come
near the 6-1 hammering they took in last season's last 16 first leg encounter
in Germany, equalled Bayern Munich's record which was set back in December
"It's clear that Cristiano Ronaldo lives to score
goals," said Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti.
"It's not a problem for us if he doesn't score for a game
or two but it's obvious that the goal did him good.
"It wasn't only a goal for the statistics. It was an
important goal - the lead goal. At a key stage of the season it was important
to win and I think we're on the right track."