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Schalke eye quick return to Europe

19 March 2014, 18:12

Berlin - Schalke 04 bid farewell to the Champions League following a comprehensive 9-2 aggregate defeat to Real Madrid but they hope their absence will be short-lived with the Ruhr valley club eyeing a top-three finish in the Bundesliga.

Their round of 16 tie was essentially settled when they were thrashed 6-1 at home in the first leg with Real also easing to a 3-1 victory over the Germans on Tuesday to book a last eight berth.

"The Champions League chapter is now unfortunately closed," said Schalke's Tim Hoogland, who scored their only goal in Madrid.

"But we have no reason to leave the competition with our heads hanging low. What is important now is to carve out a chance in the final league sprint so that we are back in the top European competition next season."

The top three German teams advance to the Champions League group stage with the fourth-placed team entering the qualifying rounds.

Schalke's inconsistent season indicated they would struggle on the tougher European stage but they have climbed up the Bundesliga table in recent weeks, moving into third past rivals Bayer Leverkusen thanks to last week's second straight win.

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