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Madrid, Schalke advance to Champions League semifinals

LONDON (AP) — Real Madrid and Schalke easily avoided any miraculous comebacks in the Champions League quarterfinals Wednesday, following up their massive first-leg victories with more modest wins to advance to the last four.

Schalke beat defending champion Inter Milan 2-1 at home, advancing 7-3 on aggregate following its stunning victory last week in Italy.

Madrid never looked likely to give up its 4-0 advantage over Tottenham from the first leg, and a second-half howler from Spurs goalkeeper Huerelho Gomes allowed Cristiano Ronaldo to score the only goal in a 1-0 win for the Spanish club at White Hart Lane.

Madrid will face archrival Barcelona in the semifinals, while Schalke takes on Manchester United.

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