The former Blancos forward netted twice at the Bernabeu but it was not enough, as Carlo Ancelotti’s men limped into the Champions League quarter-finals
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar hailed Schalke’s enterprising display against Real Madrid on Tuesday but expressed regret the German side failed to make it through to the Champions League quarter-finals.
Netherlands international Huntelaar scored twice against his former club as Schalke won 4-3 on the night but exited the competition 5-4 on aggregate.
The visitors were excellent throughout and could have caused one of the biggest upsets in recent times had Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas not partially redeemed himself for some earlier errors with a string of late saves.
Huntelaar told Uefa.com: “Of course we are happy about our game today, but we could have achieved more. We conceded too easily and we should have taken our lead into the break. They didn’t feel comfortable at all.
“We had the chance to get more goals, especially with the big opportunity of [Benedikt] Howedes at the end. We did everything we could, but unfortunately we didn’t succeed.
“We entered the pitch looking for a miracle and started to press them. That went really well and the Real fans turned against them. You could see that they didn’t have much confidence.”
Young midfielder Leroy Sane was also on the scoresheet and he was another to express a mixture of pride and disappointment.
He said: “We played very well. We weren’t afraid and produced a good passing game. We should have scored once more. In the end we are more disappointed, than happy. It’s very sad.”
Defender Howedes added: “We played a great game. We were very brave and were not overawed by a world-class team like Real Madrid. Congratulations to my team, we deserved more today.”