Ronaldo Scores Brace As Real Madrid Get Easy Win
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid began the defence of the Champions League by easing past Cypriot side Apoel Nicosia.
Ronaldo has been banned from domestic football since August for pushing a referee and only needed 12 minutes to get back amongst the goals in the competition where he is the all-time top scorer, meeting Gareth Bale‘s low cross to arrow home. He later added a penalty in the second half.
Captain Sergio Ramos rubber-stamped what was a routine victory for Madrid over the Cypriot champions with a scrappy overhead kick in the 61st minute.
Ronaldo was denied another penalty and a potential hat-trick when he was tripped in the area but his appeals went unnoticed, while late in the game he had a goal chalked off for a clear offside.
Zinedine Zidane‘s side top Group H on goal difference ahead of Tottenham, who defeated Borussia Dortmund 3-1.