Apoel Nicosia 0-6 Real Madrid: Los Blancos Cruise Past Cypriots to Go Through to Knockout Stage

Real Madrid progressed through to the Champions League knockout stage on Tuesday evening with an emphatic 6-0 win over Apoel Nicosia.

However, after coming back from behind against Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham Hostpur have all but guaranteed top spot in Group H.

Madrid put out a very strong side, and that showed against the European minnows who struggled to contain their potent attack all evening, collapsing after just half an hour.

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?Madrid almost opened the scoring in the second minute with a devastating counter attack – Karim Benzema escaped up the right, crossed the ball deep for Ronaldo to chest down but the star’s shot was fired straight at Nauzetwith the rebound poked behind for a corner.

The APOEL goalkeeper looked hazy after colliding with his own defender’s knee during the clearance but managed to stay on.

?The Champions League holders kept pushing and were eventually rewarded in the 23rd minute when Luke Modric pounced on a poor flamboyant clearance from Brazilian midfielder Vincius and volleyed in from 25 yards out to make it 1-0.

Benzema then got his first Champions League goal since February in the 39th minute as the APOEL defence parted like the red sea, leaving the Frenchman to pick his spot and finish coolly to double their lead.

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The floodgates were most definitely open and it was 3-0 just two minutes later – Rafael Varane rose highest at the corner and his flick on was bundled in by Nacho Fernandez.

The European heavyweights managed to make it four before half-time with another brilliant counter attack resulting in Ronaldo uncharacteristically playing the ball square for Benzema to tap in.

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Madrid seemed to be scoring every time they went forward and the APOEL changing room was probably wishing the full-time whistle had just been blown rather than the half-time one.

It didn’t get much better for them after the restart though, as Ronaldo finally got his goal with an iconic hanging header for his seventh goal in five Champions League games.

The 54th minute saw Ronaldo double his personal tally after Benzema pressured Jesus Rueda into making a poor back pass which the Portuguese star pounced on and hammered home into an open net.

Young Spanish striker Borja Mayoral was given a run out for the latter stage of the game and he missed a sitter in the 82nd minute – not that it really effected the final result.

The game looked like it could break the record that Liverpool equalled in their 7-0 demolition at Maribor, but Madrid took their foot off the gas for the last half hour, with one eye possibly on Saturday’s fixture against Malaga.

This trouncing could be exactly what is needed to allow Real to forget about their La Liga struggles and kick on from their poor form at the start of this season.

They have one more group stage match against Borussia Dortmund left, but topping their group remains unlikely with Spurs unlikely to drop points at Wembley against this evidently poor Apoel Nicosia side.

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VIDEO: Besiktas & Portugal Veteran Ricardo Quaresma Builds His ‘Perfect’ Number 10

?Tricky Besiktas winger Ricardo Quaresma has taken time out to build his ‘perfect number ten’ ahead of his side’s Tuesday night Champions League match against former club FC Porto, and predictably the Franken-baller includes parts of his Portugal teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.

Quaresma has always been a player with the ability to create goals – particularly with flair. But even the best players recognise the constant need to improve, and when quizzed over how the attacker himself would mould the perfect playmaker, his answers were somewhat expected.

??The way the game, as put to Quaresma by the Champions League, works is to pick five different attributes from five different players that would combine to create on super soldier.

The 34-year-old shows no hesitation when picking who would fill the vision category – noting veteran Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta. 

The Spanish magician has spent his entire career being lauded for his passing ability, and vision obviously plays a large role in that.

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Secondly Quaresma opted for the right foot of international teammate Ronaldo, which needs no explanation as to why. 

Neither does his left footed choice of Lionel Messi, the Argentinian’s five Ballon d’Or trophies speaking for him.

Sometimes players’ egos do take control a little and this Q&A is no exception as Quaresma picked himself to cover the skills category. Sure, the wide man is a good with the ball at his feet, but does he compare with the likes of Neymar or Ronaldinho?

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And finally, the shooting ability of Manchester United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic; a man notorious for finding the back of the net with sheer power and elegance.

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Team of Bodyguards Intervene as Fan Posing as a Journalist Tries to Get a Selfie

?A fan who tried to get a selfie with Cristiano Ronaldo was swiftly ejected from the superstar’s vicinity, after he posed as a journalist covering Real Madrid’s arrival at a Nicosia hotel.

CR7 and his teammates are in Cyprus for their final Champions League group stage match, and need a win to secure a safe passage through to the last 16.

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Los Blancos stars were getting off their coach and Ronaldo was the attention of a fan who wanted to take his photograph with him.

He didn’t get very far with his mission, and he was ushered away from Ronaldo as an entourage quickly surrounded the star and guided him towards the hotel.

Extra security had been put in place for Madrid’s arrival because they happen to be staying in the same hotel as Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is currently there on a state visit.

The incident comes shortly after a similar situation occurred during an away match with Getafe in which a fan went on to the pitch to greet the 32-year-old.

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Ronaldo’s rival Lionel Messi had a similar thing happen to him in Montevideo Uruguay recently, but the Argentine made the kid’s dream come true by calling him back to do photos.

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Brazil Legend Ronaldo Picks His Dream Starting XI and It’s Just as Fearsome as You’d Expect

?Arguably the best striker of all time, Ronaldo de Lima has stormed Serie A, La Liga and the international stage having won the highest honour in football, the World Cup. 

The sensational forward obviously played alongside some of the very best along the way in his illustrious 18-year career. While speaking to FATV, Ronaldo revealed his all-time top XI, including past and present greats and it might just be the greatest team ever built.

The two-time Ballon d’Or winner scored 352 at club level, while also managing an impressive 62 goals in 98 games for Brazil. R9 has graced the field for a number of top clubs, including: Barcelona, Real Madrid, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Corinthians, but who features in his dream outfit?

The Brazilian has created an absolutely legendary side here and has opted to select current-day superstar, Lionel Messi – who bettered Ronaldo’s scoring record at Barcelona which stood at 47.

Ronaldo had previously managed 34 goals in 37 appearances in La Liga and received the first of his three Player of the Year awards in the 1996-97 season, despite only playing in Barcelona for a single season.

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The striker is probably most famous for his brace against Germany in the 2002 World Cup final, as Brazil ran out 2-0 victors. Luiz Felipe Scolari chose to select Ronaldo in the Selecao, despite the move being labelled a gamble, as the player had barely played football for two years.

Having helped himself to eight goals, as Brazil secured their fifth and to date last World Cup title – with the tournament recommencing in Russia next year – Scolari must have wondered in hindsight how there was even a decision to be made.

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Ronaldo topped a glorious 2002 with his third and final World Player of the Year, having won his second at Inter in 1999. The striker then spent five years at the Bernabeu during the famed galactico era – netting 104 goals in 177 games.

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Real Madrid Plan Surprise Summer Transfer Offer for Manchester City Striker Sergio Aguero

?Reports in Spain are suggesting the Spanish champions are readying a surprise move for Sergio Aguero to bolster their attacking options.

With the Argentinian striker not being indispensable at the Etihad, many suitors have registered an interest in signing the Manchester City man, with Real Madrid being the latest to consider a move.

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According to Spanish publication Don Balon (via ?Sky Sports), Los Blancos are readying a £53m bid for Aguero, with Madrid’s current attacking options falling out of favour at the Bernabeu, with Gareth Bale stricken by injury and Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo uncharacteristically struggling in front of goal.

However, the transfer of Aguero would largely hinge on whether or not Alexis Sanchez joined from Arsenal, with the Chilean star angling for a move away from the Emirates.

Aguero has been in fine form for Manchester City so far this season, notching a total of 10 goals from 12 appearances so far this season, surpassing the long-standing record of Eric Brooks’ of highest all-time goalscorer for the Citizens.

Comparatively, Real Madrid’s famous BBC trio have 11 goals between them so far this campaign, reflecting a troubling lack of goals throughout the side. 


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Should Aguero make the switch to the Bernabeu in the summer it will bring about an end to a seven-year Manchester City career, during which he won two Premier League titles and two League Cups, cementing his legacy as a legend at the Manchester club.

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