Schalke 1-6 Real Madrid: Cristiano And Gareth Bale Net Braces (PICTURES)

Real Madrid virtually secured their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Wednesday night with a stunning 6-1 demolition of Schalke.

The nine-time winners had only won once before in 25 trips to Germany but victory was never in doubt at the Veltins-Arena with Real's most potent attacking weapons coming to the fore.

Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo all scored twice as an insatiable Madrid left Schalke requiring a miracle at the Bernabeu in three weeks time despite Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scoring the goal of the night in time added-on.

Benzema, Bale and Ronaldo all scored twice

It is the second time Madrid have scored six in Europe this season, following their 6-1 evisceration of Galatasaray in the group stage.

FC Schalke 04 v Real Madrid CF - UEFA Champions League Round of 16

Schalke 1-6 Real Madrid