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Ronaldo eager for action, says Ancelotti

26 February 2014 10:32

Carlo Ancelotti says Cristiano Ronaldo is raring to go ahead of Real Madrid's trip to Schalke in the UEFA Champions League round of 16.

Real head coach Ancelotti has been without the Portuguese star for his team's last three La Liga matches after he was shown a straight red card for an altercation with Athletic Bilbao's Carlos Gurpegui in a 1-1 draw on February 2.

Having had an initial appeal against the decision turned down by the Spanish Football Federation, Real took their case to the Ministry for Education, Culture and Sport, only for the government department to uphold the original ruling.

Ancelotti stated that Ronaldo was disappointed to have sat out three league matches, but is confident the 29-year-old can have a starring role in the last-16 first-leg encounter at the Veltins-Arena on Wednesday.

"He's motivated because he is really looking forward to get back playing," the Italian said.

"He was not happy about not being able to play and he has prepared himself well for this game. Mentally and physically he is in optimum condition."

Ronaldo, who has scored nine goals in just five Champions League games this season, is expected for a form a front three with Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale in Germany, with Jese Rodriguez set to drop to the bench.

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Competition
UEFA Champions League
Date
26 February 2014
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
0 - 2
Full-time
1 - 6
On aggregate
2 - 9
Venue
Veltins-Arena (Gelsenkirchen)
Attendance
54442

Goals

0 - 1
0 - 2
21' G. Bale
0 - 3
0 - 4
57' K. Benzema
 (assist by Cristiano Ronaldo)
0 - 5
69' G. Bale
 (assist by Sergio Ramos)
0 - 6
89' Cristiano Ronaldo
 (assist by K. Benzema)
K. Huntelaar 90'+1
(assist by C. Fuchs) 
1 - 6

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
4
3
12
15
14
19
11 21' 69'
22 29'
7 52' 89'
9 13' 57'
Coach: C. Ancelotti

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
23
24
20
2
5
17
25

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