Di Matteo: Great disappointment at Schalke exit

The Bundesliga side emerged with enormous credit after pushing Real Madrid all the way but it was not enough to see them through to the last eight of the Champions League

11.03.2015 09:55:59

The Bundesliga side emerged with enormous credit after pushing Real Madrid all the way but it was not enough to see them through to the last eight of the Champions League Schalke coach Roberto Di Matteo expressed “great disappointment” that his side failed to edge Real Madrid out of the Champions League on Tuesday. The Bundesliga outfit pushed the defending champions all the way but, despite winning 4-3 on the night, exited the tournament 5-4 on aggregate. "Our squad did everything this evening. We had a very young team on the pitch, we expressed ourselves well. To win at Madrid, scoring four goals and not go through, we feel great disappointment,” he told Sky. Former Madrid forward Klaas-Jan Huntelaar threatened a famous upset with a stunning 85th-minute strike that meant Schalke needed to score just once more to progress on away goals. The holders' 2-0 victory in Gelsenkirchen in the first leg ultimately proved enough to see them through - but the Bernabeu faithful were less than impressed, greeting the final whistle with a deafening chorus of jeers as Madrid's relative slump in form continued. Cristiano Ronaldo had twice saved the hosts in a poor first-half showing as his headers cancelled out goals from Christian Fuchs and Huntelaar - the Portuguese's double making him the highest goalscorer in European competition. Karim Benzema put Real ahead on the night shortly after half-time, only for Leroy Sane to curl home an exquisite equaliser for Schalke, before Huntelaar's superb finish set up a grandstand ending to the game. “It was a great match for the spectators. We played very well but it's a strange feeling, to play that well and crash out nonetheless,” said Di Matteo. “We hit the crossbar in the first leg and we hit it here, too. Luck was not on our side today. I want my team to play more football - and that's what we did here today." Schalke are fifth in the Bundesliga and must now target a place in the competition next season, according to the Italian. He added: “Our objective is to get our injured players back and return to the Champions League.” Real Madrid 3-4 Schalke Watch Extended Highlights Ancelotti: Im not thinking about the sack Casillas: Madrid have hit rock bottom

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