Real Madrid beat 10-man Tottenham 4-0 in the opening game of their Champions League quarterfinal, as Schalke won 5-2 at defending champion Inter Milan.
Emmanuel Adebayor scored two goals last night for record nine-time winner Real, which is in the final eight of Europe’s top club soccer competition for the first time in six years. Tottenham’s Peter Crouch was sent off in the 15th minute for a second bookable offense.
In Milan, Edu scored twice as Schalke rallied after conceding a goal in the opening 25 seconds. Joel Matip and Raul Gonzalez also scored for the German team, which is attempting to reach its first semifinal.
Adebayor, on loan at Real from Manchester City, opened the scoring after four minutes at the Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid by heading a corner kick past Spurs goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes and Luka Modric, who was stationed on the post.
After Crouch received his second yellow card for a late sliding challenge on Marcelo, Adebayor just missed getting his head to a cross from Sergio Ramos. Real also had a penalty claim for handball against Michael Dawson denied.
“To get to halftime as we did at 1-0, I thought if we could just hang in there we could have a chance,” Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp told Sky Sports. “It was a difficult, difficult day against a top team.”
Adebayor struck again in the 57th minute, heading in a cross from Marcelo. It was the former Arsenal striker’s 10th goal in as many career games against Spurs.
Angel Di Maria made it 3-0 in the 72nd minute with a curling left-foot shot and Cristiano Ronaldo closed the scoring with three minutes remaining with a low drive for his 38th goal of the season.
“The result is fantastic, but the tie is not won,” Real midfielder Xabi Alonso told Sky Sports. “We have seen so many great comebacks. Hopefully this won’t be the case, but we have to be ready.”
Spurs will host the return match in the two-game series on April 13.
In Italy, Schalke rebounded from Dejan Stankovic’s first- minute goal to take the advantage back to Germany for the second leg, also on April 13.
Inter got the early goal at the San Siro stadium as Esteban Cambiasso lofted a long ball toward the Schalke goal. Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer raced out of his area to head it away and it went to Stankovic, who sent a volley from near the halfway line into the unguarded net.
Schalke’s Matip tied the game in the 17th minute from close range. Inter regained the lead in the 34th minute on a goal from Diego Milito, and Edu again tied it six minutes later with his first of the night.
Schalke went in front in the 53rd minute when Raul lifted a shot over goalkeeper Julio Cesar for his record-extending 70th Champions League goal. The German club made it 4-2 three minutes later on an own goal by Andrea Ranocchia and Edu got the last goal with 15 minutes left.
“Had someone told us before the match that we would win at Inter by a three-goal margin we would have said they were crazy,” Schalke coach Ralf Rangnick said in comments on UEFA’s website.
The other quarterfinals begin tonight, with Manchester United visiting English Premier League rival Chelsea and Shakhtar Donetsk playing at Barcelona.