Champions League - Group H
Real Madrid3Apoel Nicosia0

Real Madrid 3-0 Apoel Nicosia

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Seven reasons why Cristiano Ronaldo is ridiculous

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.

Elsewhere in the Champions League

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.

Champions League stats

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

Match ends, Real Madrid 3, APOEL Nicosia 0.

Full Time

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

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

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Carlao.

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

Booking

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

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

Foul by Agustín Farías (APOEL Nicosia).

Foul by Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).

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

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

Substitution

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

Hand ball by Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid).

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Borja Mayoral replaces Gareth Bale.

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.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Roberto Lago.

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

Foul by Vinicius (APOEL Nicosia).

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

Foul by Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid).

Jesús Rueda (APOEL Nicosia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Igor de Camargo (APOEL Nicosia) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Efstathios Aloneftis.

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Daniel Carvajal with a cross.

Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Igor de Camargo (APOEL Nicosia).

Substitution

Substitution, APOEL Nicosia. Ghayas Zahid replaces Lorenzo Ebecilio.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Dani Ceballos replaces Isco.

Casemiro (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Vinicius (APOEL Nicosia).

Attempt missed. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Isco (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Gareth Bale.

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

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Daniel Carvajal with a cross.

Booking

Lorenzo Ebecilio (APOEL Nicosia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Lorenzo Ebecilio (APOEL Nicosia).

Goal!

Goal! Real Madrid 3, APOEL Nicosia 0. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, APOEL Nicosia. Agustín Farías replaces Roland Sallai.

Attempt missed. Isco (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo.

goal

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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