Ronaldo brace sees Real cruise past Apoel

Real Madrid rarely got out of second gear but still cruised to a 3-0 victory over Apoel Nicosia in Wednesday’s Group H Champions League tie, with Cristiano Ronaldo bagging a brace while Sergio Ramos got the third.

Real Madrid 3 Apoel Nicosia 0
Ronaldo slots home from Bale’s cross
The superstar forward then converts a penalty
Sergio Ramos makes it 3-0
Mayoral sees his strike ruled out for offside

Match summary

Real Madrid were in full control largely from start to finish and would hit the front in the 12th minute when Cristiano Ronaldo got his first goal of the night. In the second half he made it 2-0 from a penalty after Roberto Lago handled in the box.

Sergio Ramos then made it 3-0 with a smartly executed overhead kick as Real cruised to victory at the Bernabeu. Both Ronaldo and Borja Mayoral had goals later chalked off for offside.

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After a tight opening 10 minutes it would be Real who would hit the front when the home side caught Apoel on the break. A superb Gareth Bale cross picked out Cristiano Ronaldo and the Portugal superstar finished with precision beyond keeper Boy Waterman.

Moments later Bale again picked out Ronaldo with another good delivery but the forward’s header hit the side-netting. The 32-year-old then had another opportunity in the 34th minute from yet another superb cross from his Welsh teammate, yet, he poked the ball just wide.

Los Blancos continued to pour forward but would have to wait until after the break to get their second. Three minutes before Ronaldo completed his brace, the same player collected a good pass from Daniel Carvajal but his strike crashed off the underside of the bar but the ball did not cross the line.

However, it mattered little as in the 51st minute Roberto Lago handled in the box to give away a cheap penalty. Real’s all-time leading scorer then stepped up to convert the kick with customary confidence.

It was one way traffic and the third goal eventually arrived in the 61st minute when Marcelo’s cross picked out Bale, and his header found Sergio Ramos who executed an overhead kick to finish past a stranded Waterman.

Zinedine Zidane’s men seemed content to sit on their lead and just keep possession though Ronaldo did think he had completed his hat trick in the 85th minute, but his close range finish was ruled out for offside. Borja Mayoral also had a goal ruled out for offside in stoppage time.