Real Madrid 3 – 0 Apoel Nicosia – Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid opened their 2017/2018 Champions League Group H campaign with a 3-0 win over Apoel Nicosia on Wednesday night.
Ronaldo netted once in either half at the Bernabeu, while Sergio Ramoswas also on the scoresheet during a comfortable night for the reigning European champions.
Ronaldo was available for Real Madrid for the first time since receiving a red card in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on August 13, but a hamstring problem saw Karim Benzemamiss out.
Keylor Navas, Casemiro, Gareth Bale, Isco and Mateo Kovacic also all came into the team following the home draw with Levante at the weekend, but Marco Asensio missed out with an infected “pimple”.
Real Madrid made the breakthrough in the 12th minute, however, when Bale broke down the left before delivering a low cross into Ronaldo, who simply could not pass up the chance to send the home side ahead on his return to the team.
Bale had a chance of his own in the 32nd minute after meeting a corner from first-half substitute Toni Kroos, but the Welshman’s header never threatened to cause Boy Watermanconcern between the APOEL sticks.
Ronaldo had his second from the penalty spot in the 51st minute, however, after Apoel Nicosia defender Lago had been penalised for handball inside the box.
Isco then sent one over the crossbar from a dangerous position just before the hour, but Real Madrid had their third in the 61st minute when Ramos produced a brilliant over-head kick from a Bale header.
Real Madrid 3 – 0 Apoel Nicosia | UEFA Champions League – Match Highlights
- 12′ 1 – 0 Cristiano Ronaldo scores and Real Madrid makes the breakthrough in the 12th minute as Ronaldo fires into the bottom corner after meeting a low cross from Bale. It had to be Ronaldo on his return to the team tonight.
- 51′ 2 – 0 [Penalty] Cristiano Ronaldo slides his penalty into the bottom corner for his second goal for the night and Real Madrid stays ahead on the night.
- 61′ 3 – 0 Sergio Ramos fires in third for Real Madrid with a right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.