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Real Madrid 3-0 Apoel Nicosia

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid began the defence of the Champions League by easing past Cypriot side Apoel Nicosia.

Forward Ronaldo opened the scoring by slotting home from close range and added a penalty in the second half.

Defender Sergio Ramos scored the third with an acrobatic overhead kick from close range.

Zinedine Zidane's side top Group H on goal difference ahead of Tottenham, who defeated Borussia Dortmund 3-1.

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Turkish side Besiktas lead the way in Group G courtesy of an impressive 3-1 win at Porto. Former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel was on target for the Super Lig champions.

In the other group game, last year's semi-finalists Monaco were held to a 1-1 draw against competition debutants RB Leipzig.

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  • Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas has equalled former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs' record of playing in 19 different Champions League campaigns.
  • Besiktas were the 53rd different side that Casillas has faced in the competition, extending his run of playing against the most different opponents in the competition.
  • Real Madrid have won their first game of a Champions League season played at Santiago Bernabeu in each of the 11 times they have started the campaign at home.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has scored more home goals (55) than any other player in Champions League history (Lionel Messi, 54).
  • Ronaldo has scored more penalties (12) than any other player in Champions League history (Lionel Messi, 11).

Line-ups

Real Madrid

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Navas
  • 2CarvajalBooked at 52mins
  • 6Nacho
  • 4Ramos
  • 12Marcelo
  • 14Casemiro
  • 10Modric
  • 23KovacicSubstituted forKroosat 25'minutes
  • 22IscoSubstituted forCeballosat 72'minutes
  • 11BaleSubstituted forMayoralat 82'minutes
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 5Varane
  • 8Kroos
  • 13Casilla
  • 15Hernández
  • 17Vázquez
  • 21Mayoral
  • 24Ceballos

Apoel Nicosia

Formation 4-4-2

  • 99Waterman
  • 29Vouros
  • 5Rueda
  • 50da Cruz Junior
  • 3Lago
  • 20SallaiBooked at 53minsSubstituted forFariasat 60'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 16Oliveira Franco
  • 26Morais Barbosa
  • 46Aloneftis
  • 9de CamargoSubstituted forPotéat 83'minutes
  • 6EbecilioBooked at 63minsSubstituted forZahidat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Gudiño
  • 8Poté
  • 11Alexandrou
  • 17Zahid
  • 22Antoniou
  • 25Farias
  • 30Merkis
Referee:
Benoit Bastien
Attendance:
71,060

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamApoel Nicosia
Possession
Home70%
Away30%
Shots
Home27
Away4
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away1
Fouls
Home12
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Real Madrid 3, APOEL Nicosia 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Real Madrid 3, APOEL Nicosia 0.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Real Madrid. Toni Kroos tries a through ball, but Cristiano Ronaldo is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Carlao.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Casemiro (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Toni Kroos.

  6. Booking

    Agustín Farías (APOEL Nicosia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Agustín Farías (APOEL Nicosia).

  9. Post update

    Foul by Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).

  10. Post update

    Agustín Farías (APOEL Nicosia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Offside, Real Madrid. Luka Modric tries a through ball, but Cristiano Ronaldo is caught offside.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, APOEL Nicosia. Mickaël Poté replaces Igor de Camargo.

  13. Post update

    Hand ball by Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Borja Mayoral replaces Gareth Bale.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Luka Modric with a cross following a corner.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Roberto Lago.

  17. Post update

    Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Vinicius (APOEL Nicosia).

  19. Post update

    Offside, APOEL Nicosia. Roberto Lago tries a through ball, but Efstathios Aloneftis is caught offside.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid).

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man Utd11003033
2CSKA Moscow11002113
3Benfica100112-10
4FC Basel100103-30

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1PSG11005053
2Bayern Munich11003033
3Anderlecht100103-30
4Celtic100105-50

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea11006063
2Atl Madrid10100001
3Roma10100001
4FK Qarabag100106-60

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona11003033
2Sporting11003213
3Olympiakos100123-10
4Juventus100103-30

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sevilla10102201
2Spartak Moscow10101101
3Liverpool10102201
4NK Maribor10101101

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City11004043
2Shakhtar Donetsk11002113
3Napoli100112-10
4Feyenoord100104-40

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Besiktas11003123
2Monaco10101101
3RB Leipzig10101101
4FC Porto100113-20

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid11003033
2Tottenham11003123
3B Dortmund100113-20
4Apoel Nicosia100103-30
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