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Source: The Hitavada      Date: 15 Sep 2017 09:50:40


 

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Ronaldo fires holders Real to easy victory over APOEL

CRISTIANO Ronaldo wasted no time in showing Real Madrid what they have been missing during his five-game domestic suspension, by scoring twice as the holders began their Champions League defence with a routine 3-0 win over Apoel Nicosia on Wednesday.


Ronaldo, banned for pushing a referee after being sent off in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup, opened the scoring after just 12 minutes from Gareth Bale’s low cross.
The Portuguese doubled his tally from the penalty spot before Sergio Ramos’s overhead kick rounded off the scoring.
Real move to the top of Group H alongside Tottenham Hotspur, who ended their Wembley hoodoo with an impressive 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund.


Ronaldo described the length of his ban as “persecution” on the part of the Spanish football federation and his absence has been felt by Real in profligate performances in being held at home by Valencia and Levante.
Real boss Zinedine Zidane admitted that the club’s failure to replace Alvaro Morata had left his striking options limited, particularly in the absence of Karim Benzema through a hamstring injury.


However, with Bale excelling back on the left, Ronaldo filled that void as he swept home at the back post from the Welshman’s cross.
Ronaldo then headed into the side-netting from a similar position from another Bale delivery moments later.
Real suffered an injury setback midway through the half as Mateo Kovacic limped off to be replaced by Toni Kroos.
And the hosts’ rhythm was disrupted as they struggled to create more clear-cut chances against the dogged Cypriot champions before the break.


Ronaldo thought he had doubled his tally a minute into the second half as his volley from Dani Carvajal’s pinpoint cross came off the underside of the bar, but didn’t cross the line despite his protests.


Madrid’s luck turned moments later when Roberto Lago was very harshly penalised for handball from Bale’s deflected cross and Ronaldo smashed home the resulting penalty.
Stones stars as Man City hammer Feyenoord MANCHESTER City thrashed Dutch champions Feyenoord 4-0 as defender John Stones scored twice to get Pep Guardiola’s side off to a flying Champions League start on Wednesday.


Stones headed home two minutes after a sublime chip by skipper David Silva, and after Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus had made the win safe, the England centre-back capped off the evening with a second powerful header for a memorable brace.


Klopp at peace after stormy Sevilla conclusion


JURGEN Klopp claimed he had made peace with opposite number Eduardo Berizzo and the Sevilla coaching staff after a stormy conclusion to Liverpool’s 2-2 Champions League draw with the Spanish side at Anfield.


Young Liverpool defender Joe Gomez was sent off in the dying seconds of the group game, the second ‘dismissal’ of the night after Berizzo had been sent to the stands on the hour for throwing the ball away after Gomez hurried to take a throw-in for the home team.