By Chris Wright
Fact: it’s physically impossible to dislike this man…
Schalke 04 formally booked themselves a semi-final tie with Manchester United after rounding off their routing of Inter Milan with a 2-1 win (7-3 on aggregate) in Gelsenkirchen last night.
A coruscating finish from Benedikt Howedes sealed the second-leg victory for the German side, connecting with a delightfully lofted throughball from Raul after the veteran Spaniard had opened the scoring (the 71st Champions League goal of his career) for the Bundesliga side just before half-time.
For the record, Thiago Motta prodded home Inter’s goal.