Champions League - 2nd Leg
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Real Madrid 2-0 Roma (4-0 agg)

By Alistair MagowanBBC Sport
Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored 90 Champions League goals

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 40th goal of the season as Real Madrid reached the Champions League quarter-finals with a 4-0 aggregate victory over Roma.

Leading 2-0 from the first leg, Real peppered the visitors' goal, although Edin Dzeko and Mohamed Salah wasted chances for Roma at the Bernabeu.

It proved costly as Ronaldo crashed in at the near post before setting up James Rodriguez for an angled finish.

Roma hit the post but Real made the last eight for a sixth successive term.

With Zinedine Zidane's team 12 points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona, and disqualified from the Copa Del Rey, winning the Champions League remains their only realistic chance of silverware.

And although the 10-times winners impressed in attack, their casual approach to defence, particularly from left-back Marcelo, will give more potent teams hope.

Roma will now return to Serie A, where they lie third, after winning their last seven successive league games.

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo missed a great chance to double his tally

Ronaldo settles Bernabeu nerves

Strangely for a game where Real wracked up 37 shots, Roma had the better opportunities and could have changed the mood inside the Bernabeu if Salah and Dzeko were more clinical.

Ronaldo did miss a great chance to double his lead, but having been out of favour with Real fans after his seemingly critical comments about team-mates following the 1-0 defeat by Atletico Madrid on 27 February, he proved his value once again.

Early on, Real's leading scorer appeared to be trying too hard to win supporters over, occasionally guilty of showboating rather than taking the chance to shoot.

Once he stung the hands of Roma goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny either side of half-time, he finally opened the scoring when he showed great anticipation to cut across Roma's Kostas Manolas and poke in substitute Lucas Vazquez's close-range cross.

The Portuguese forward, who now has 13 goals in this season's Champions League, set up Rodriguez for the second four minutes later as the Colombian fired in low after a swift counter attack.

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale has scored 14 goals this season for Real Madrid

Bale comes on to improve fitness

The gap to Barcelona in La Liga has coincided with a calf injury to Gareth Bale, but, after appearing and scoring as a substitute in their 7-1 win over Celta Vigo on Saturday, the Welshman made his first start since 17 January.

The world record signing worked hard on the right wing and sent in several fizzing crosses which, had Karim Benzema been playing, might have resulted in a goal.

As it was, Real took the lead when Vasquez came on to replace Bale and set up Ronaldo with his first touch.

But it was a decent work out for the former Tottenham player, who could yet make a telling difference as the season comes to a close and will be aiming to star for Wales at the European Championship in June.

Mohamed Salah
Mohamed Salah was once described by a former boss as "world-class, if only he could finish".

Salah the biggest threat for Roma

When Salah played at former team Basel, his manager Murat Yakin said the winger could be world class if only he could finish.

Unfortunately, that proved an accurate assessment of the Egyptian, who had a short-lived period at Chelsea in 2014, during which he was loaned to Fiorentina.

The 23-year-old caused plenty of problems for Real with his pace on the right wing, and set up Dzeko for a great early chance.

But the profligacy shown by both was further underlined with another miss by Salah after the break, and 18 minutes later Real were 2-0 ahead.

Diego Perotti's shot against the post, two minutes from time, would only have been a consolation.

'Players' reaction causes me pain'

Luciano Spalletti, Roma coach: "We are weak and at the first sign of difficulty we cannot be the team that we need to be. It is not as if Real Madrid are going through a great period of form and at the moment they are not irresistible.

"When I come back into the dressing room after the final whistle and see the players satisfied because they will get compliments for the performance, this creates a disappointment and pain in me that I cannot reconcile.

"When you go into the dressing room after a 2-0 defeat, you need to be angry and realise the chances you have thrown away over these two games."

Stats you need to know

  • Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored in 61 different Champions League matches; more than any other player (Raul 56, Lionel Messi 51)
  • Ronaldo has now scored five goals in his last six Champions League appearances against Roma.
  • Keylor Navas has now gone eight consecutive Champions League games without conceding, one game away from equalling Jens Lehmann's record by a goalkeeper (9 in 2005/06).
  • Real Madrid has 37 goal attempts, more than Roma, Gent and Wolfsburg combined.

What next?

Real Madrid are away at Las Palmas as they try to close the gap on Barcelona while Roma travel to Udinese in their bid to catch Serie A leaders Juventus.


Real Madrid

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Navas
  • 23DaniloBooked at 37mins
  • 3Pepe
  • 4Ramos
  • 12Marcelo
  • 19ModricSubstituted forRodríguez Ruizat 76'minutes
  • 14CasemiroSubstituted forKovacicat 84'minutes
  • 8Kroos
  • 10Rodríguez
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 11BaleSubstituted forVázquezat 61'minutes


  • 2Varane
  • 13Casilla
  • 15Carvajal
  • 16Kovacic
  • 18Vázquez
  • 20Rodríguez Ruiz
  • 22Isco


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 25Szczesny
  • 24Florenzi
  • 44Manolas
  • 87ZukanovicBooked at 76mins
  • 3Digne
  • 15PjanicSubstituted forVainqueurat 45'minutes
  • 20KeitaSubstituted forSisenandoat 86'minutes
  • 11Salah
  • 8Perotti
  • 22El ShaarawySubstituted forTottiat 74'minutes
  • 9Dzeko


  • 5Castan da Silva
  • 10Totti
  • 13Sisenando
  • 14Falque
  • 21Vainqueur
  • 26De Sanctis
  • 35Torosidis
Szymon Marciniak

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamRoma
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Real Madrid 2, Roma 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Real Madrid 2, Roma 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Roma. Conceded by Sergio Ramos.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Francesco Totti (Roma) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Diego Perotti.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Ervin Zukanovic.

  6. Post update

    Diego Perotti (Roma) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Mohamed Salah with a cross.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Danilo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Lucas Vázquez with a headed pass following a corner.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Ervin Zukanovic.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Roma. Maicon replaces Seydou Keita.

  10. Post update

    James Rodríguez (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Ervin Zukanovic (Roma).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Mateo Kovacic replaces Casemiro.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Toni Kroos.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ervin Zukanovic (Roma) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Francesco Totti with a cross.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Roma. Conceded by Casemiro.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Roma. Conceded by Sergio Ramos.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Rodríguez (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Casemiro.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by James Rodríguez.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jesé (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Pepe.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid).

As It Stood


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4Malmö FF6105121-203


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3Man Utd62227708
4CSKA Moscow611459-44


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1Man City6402128412
4B Mgladbach6123812-45


3B Leverkusen6132131216
4BATE Borisov6123512-75


1Bayern Munich65011931615
4Dinamo Zagreb6105314-113


2Dynamo Kyiv632184411
3FC Porto631298110
4Maccabi Tel-Aviv6006116-150


1Zenit St Petersburg6501136715
2KAA Gent631287110
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