Real Madrid suffered their first loss of the 2014 2015 UEFA Champions League on Tuesday evening, falling 3-4 in a home fixture against Germany's Schalke 04. However, in spite of the surprising defeat, the Vikings still had enough points on aggregate to eliminate Schalke and earn advancement to the tournament's quarterfinal round. Could the football club be headed toward a second consecutive UCL title this year? Grab a Real Madrid 2014 kit from Soccer Box to cheer them on!
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Fans in the Real Madrid 2014 kit were put through quite a whirlwind of different emotions on Tuesday afternoon while battling Schalke 04 for the chance at a UCL quarterfinal slot. The Vikings had beaten Schalke's Royal Blues in the first leg of the round of 16, toppling the German squad at home in a 2-0 victory. Real would have had to lose their own home leg by at least two points to miss out on advancing in the football tournament.
Needless to say, the chances of that happening didn't seem very high. After all, the Real squad has only lost a single match at home in the entire 2014 2015 season: a 1-2 loss to Atletico Madrid back in September. Add the club's six victories in the Champions League group stage and the first leg triumph over the Royal Blues, and the Vikings seemed like a guarantee to reach the quarterfinals.
With all of that said, Schalke 04 did make things a bit scary for the Vikings on Tuesday. Donning the Real Madrid home shirt 2014 2015, the squad took the pitch at Estadio Santiago-and quickly fell into a pattern of having to equalize the score. Christian Fuchs scored first, netting a point for the away side at the 20-minute mark, before Cristiano Ronaldo equalized just five minutes later.
Ronaldo had to repeat that exact progression later in the first half, when 04's Klaas-Jan Huntelaar made the score 1-2 at the 40-minute mark. Always reliable in moments of pressure, though, Ronaldo hit the goal just before halftime to keep the playing field level at 2-2.
The Second Half
It wasn't until the second half that things got uncomfortable for the wearers of the Real Madrid 2014 kit. The football club took the lead for the first (and only) time in the game at 52 minutes, with a goal from Karim Benzema. But the Royal Blues were back into the game just five minutes later, with the 19-year-old Leroy Sane delivering a star-making goal.
With time running out in the game, and with Real Madrid up by 5-3 in aggregate, it looked like the fixture would end in a draw but the Vikings would skate on through to the quarterfinal round. But when Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored his second goal of the game at the 84-minute mark, he changed the whole outlook of the soccer match. Suddenly, the Royal Blues were in a position to tie the aggregate and eliminate Real Madrid from the Champions League tournament. (If they had scored another point, they would have tied the aggregate at 5-5, but won the round based on the away goals rule.)
Ultimately, the wearers of the Real Madrid home shirt 2014 2015 were able to hold the German squad to a one-point victory. It was a shocking loss regardless, especially for a team that has thoroughly dominated 90% of their home games this year. Even despite the defeat, though, Real Madrid will tiptoe through to the quarterfinal round, continuing their contention in the 2014 2015 UCL contest for at least another month.
Pick up a Real Madrid kit and root for the football club's chances of winning a second UEFA event in a row! You can find several versions of the Real Madrid shirt, including the 2014 2015 home kit and the current away shirt, at the Soccer Box online store.