Cristiano Ronaldo double sees Real Madrid set up Bayern Munich showdown
Real Madrid 5 Apoel Nicosia 2 (Real Madrid win 8-2 on aggregate)
Thursday 05 April 2012
Real Madrid coasted past Apoel Nicosia last night to set up a Champions League semi-final encounter with Bayern Munich.
Jose Mourinho took the chance to rest some of his established first-team players, but Real still had too much for Apoel. Mourinho said: "Bayern is a very powerful opponent. It is a team I know well as it is almost the same side that I played when coach of Inter Milan in the Champions League final two years ago and they have great individual players."
Already leading 3-0 from the first leg, the hosts had to wait until the 26th minute to open the scoring as Cristiano Ronaldo tapped home Marcelo's cross at the back post. Kaka then doubled Real's lead with a stunning effort from outside the area.
After the break Ronaldo grabbed his second but the Cypriot side gave the scoreline some respectability, Gustavo Manduca scoring the pick of their two goals.
Real Madrid (4-3-1-2): Casillas; Ramos, Varane, Pepe, Marcelo (Callejon, 46); Sahin, Granero (Albiol, 65), Altintop; Kaka; Ronaldo, Higuain (Di Maria, 54). Substitutes not used Adan (gk), Benzema, Ozil, Alonso.
Apoel Nicosia (4-5-1): Urko; Poursaitides, Jorge, Kaka, Boaventura; Morais, Pinto (Satsias, 78), Charalambidis, Marcinho, Manduca (Adorno, 68); Almeida (Solari, 69). Substitutes not used Chiotis (gk), Elia, Alexandrou, Sousa.
Referee G Rocchi (Italy).
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