Tuesday March 27, 2012 Quarter-final Finished GSP-Stadion

APOEL Nicosia 0 - 3 Real Madrid

  • Benzema 74’, 90’
  • Kaká 82’

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  1. Real break down APOEL

    Real break down APOEL

    Karim Benzema's brace helped give Real Madrid a 3-0 win and control of their Champions League quarter-final against APOEL Nicosia. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • APOEL Nicosia
    • Real Madrid
    • 90+2' Full-time: APOEL Nicosia 0-3 Real Madrid. The dream is all but over for the Cypriot team.
    • 90' GOAL! Ronaldo and Ozil combine to set up Benzema for his second and Madrid's third. Almost identical to the chance he missed in the first half. This time he makes no mistake.
    • 89' CHANCE! Long range effort from Marcelo fizzes just wide of the post.
    • 87' CHANCE Chiotis manages to take the ball off the head of Benzema lurking dangerously.
    • 86' Kaka has really made a difference since coming on. Made one, scored one.
    • 84' Real Madrid back a change, Esteban Granero comes on for Nuri Sahin.
    • 82' GOAL! Kaka makes it 2-0 to Real Madrid. The two subs combine to extend Madrid's lead. Marcelo beats Paolo Jorge and pulls the ball back for Kaka, who guides the ball into the back of the net.
    • 81' Incredible noise being made by the home fans. Fantastic support.
    • 79' It's wave after wave of attack now - can APOEL keep the score to 1-0?
    • 78' CHANCE! Chiotis races off his line to save at the feet of Benzema.
    • 77' CHANCE! Chiotis spills a shot from Ozil, but APOEL manage to scramble the ball clear.
    • 76' CHANCE! Benzema pulls the ball back for Ronaldo, unmarked in the box, but the Real Madrid attacker is denied by the legs of Chiotis.
    • 74' GOAL! There's the breakthrough. Second half substitute Kaka sends in a brilliant cross from the left and Benzema makes it count with a diving header. It's an away goal for Real Madrid.
    • 72' Nicosia make their final change, with Esteban Solari coming on for Helio Pinto.
    • 70' CHANCE! Benzema fires a shot just wide of the target. Another chance goes begging.
    • 67' CHANCE! Ronaldo, Ozil and Ramos all fail in a bid to break the deadlock. APOEL are defending bravely.
    • 63' Double substitution by Mourinho. Gonzalo Higuain makes way for Kaka and Marcelo replaces Fabio Coentrao.
    • 61' Sadly, his hard work amounts to nothing as the free kick is wasted...
    • 60' Fantastic stuff from Ailton. He wins a free kick for APOEL in a dangerous position. The Brazilian striker has been brilliant, working tirelessly up front on his own.
    • 58' There's still plenty of time to go and Madrid are piling on the pressure - either APOEL will tire and Madrid will take advantage of this or Mourinho's men will get more and more frustrated and APOEL will grow in strength.
    • 57' For all the possession Madrid have had, they haven't really created any clear cut chances - apart from Benzema's in the first half.
    • 54' Gonzalo Higuain down after taking a kick to the ribs.
    • 52' Jose Mourinho must be thinking about making some chances soon because right now, they can't seem to pierce the APOEL Nicosia defence.
    • 51' The home crowd making plenty of noise to help spur their team on. It's working so far...
    • 49' CHANCE! Ronaldo cuts inside to create an opening for a shot, but he can only smash the ball into the stands.
    • 49' Costas Charalambides chops down Ronaldo with a calculated foul.
    • 47' CHANCE! Benzema smashes the ball over the bar after brilliantly collecting a pass from Sergio Ramos.
    • 47' Real Madrid start the second half at a high tempo.
    • 45' APOEL Nicosia made a change at half-time, with Helder Sousa replacing Nektarious Alexandrou.
    • 45' Real Madrid start the second half.
    • 45+1' Half-time: APOEL Nicosia 0-0 Real Madrid. Mourinho's team stifled by the Greek’s stubborn resistance.
    • 44' CHANCE! Ozil pulled the ball back for Ronaldo, who didn't make a great connection and his shot span wide of the target.
    • 42' It's happening for Real Madrid at the moment. As soon as they try to breach Nicosia's defence in the final third, they find themselves running down a blind alley.
    • 40' Madrid are clearly getting frustrated. With every goalless minute that goes by, the tension grows.
    • 39' Fierce cross from Ronaldo well held from Chiotis.
    • 36' With Benzema's incredible goalscoring record - 12 goals in 17 games in 2012 - it's unbelievable that he managed to miss the target completely from that close.
    • 33' CHANCE! Incredible miss from Benzema. One of the misses of the season surely? Ronaldo did brilliantly to find Nuri Sahin inside the box and the Turkish midfielder put the ball on a plate for Benzema with the goal gapping, but the Frenchman contrived to miss.
    • 32' The home side haven't even managed one effort on Real Madrid's goal....
    • 31' Frustrating opening 30 minutes for Real Madrid. They've had all the ball, but struggled to break through APOEL Nicosia's defensive barriers.
    • 28' CHANCE! Nuri Sahin played Ronaldo into a promising position with a measured pass and the Madrid goal machine stung the hands of Chiotis with a left foot shot.
    • 26' Ronaldo gives the ball away with a misplaced pass and then throws a strop and blames his team-mates.
    • 24' APOEL are giving the ball away too cheaply. Sooner or later they're going to tire of chasing the ball and that's when gaps will start to appear.
    • 23' Ronaldo explodes past a cluster of defenders, but his clipped cross is easily claimed by Chiotis.
    • 21' Real Madrid have had 76% of the possession so far.
    • 20' APOEL Nicosia working their socks off to keep Real Madrid at bay. Doing a fine job of it so far, but how long can they maintain this tempo for?
    • 17' APOEL Nicosia are trapped in their own half, but they have managed to restrict Real Madrid to just half chances so far.
    • 16' CHANCE! Fabio Coentrao's cross from the left is headed over by Gonzalo Higuain.
    • 14' CHANCE! Fabio Coentrao burst into the box, but lost his composure and miscued his shot wide of the post.
    • 13' The injured Marcelo de Oliveira is replaced by Kaka - no not that one - but APOEL Nicosia's 30-year-old Brazilian defender.
    • 12' CHANCE! Paulo Gomes' headed clearance fell for Mesut Ozil inside the box and the German tested Chiotis with a well executed volley. Goalkeeper did well to get down to this right and beat it away.
    • 10' Marcelo de Oliveira is being carried off the pitch on a stretcher. Looks like a bad knee injury.
    • 9' CHANCE! Karim Benzema cuts in from the left wing and curls a shot into the grateful arms of Dionsis Chiotis.
    • 7' Ronaldo shoots from an outrageous position out wide on the left wing.... And it flies wide of the left hand post.
    • 6' Neither team settled down yet. Madrid look like they're missing Xavi Alonso already.
    • 5' Predictably, Madrid dominating possession in these early exchanges.
    • 3' Early foul on Ronaldo. The Greek side letting him know he's in for a battle tonight.
    • 2' Great atmosphere at the GSP Stadium. It's no Santiago Bernabeu, but it's absolutely rocking tonight.
    • 1' APOEL Nicosia get this game under way. Can they upset the nine time European Cup winners?
    • 19:44 This is the biggest night in APOEL Nicosia's history. The tiny Greek club, taking on the might of Real Madrid in the archetypal David vs Goliath story.
    • 19:41 The second leg takes place in Madrid on 4 April; the winners play Marseille or Bayern Munich in the semi-finals on 17 and 25 April.
    • 19:37 On Saturday, Real Madrid beat Real Sociedad 5-1 with goals from Higuain, Ronaldo (2), Benzema and Prieto. Mourinho's team are now six points clear at the top of La Liga.
    • 19:35 In their last domestic game, APOEL drew 0-0 at home with AC Omonia. The result means Ivan Jovanović's team are third in the Cypriot top flight as it splits into three groups of four (the bottom two are relegated immediately). They will now play round robin fixtures against the rest of the top four – AEL Limassol FC, Omonia and Anorthosis Famagusta FC – for the title.
    • 19:32 Madrid have won 32 of their last 38 games in all competitions, finding the net in every match during that run.
    • 19:32 Ronaldo has struck 13 Liga hat-tricks for Madrid – six this season. That is one more than Ferenc Puskas' tally for the club, but he has some distance to go to match the record of Alfredo Di Stefano (22).
    • 19:29 Ronaldo has scored 51 goals in 49 games for club and country this season. He has also converted 23 successive spot kicks for the club since failing against UD Almería on 5 December 2009.
    • 19:27 Benzema has struck 12 goals in 17 games in 2012; Gonzalo Higuaín has scored five goals in his last six outings.
    • 19:26 Madrid are 14 games unbeaten, winning ten since their 2-1 Copa del Rey defeat by FC Barcelona on 18 January.
    • 19:23 Karim Benzema has provided five assists so far, the joint highest total in the competition along with Nicolas Gaitan.
    • 19:23 Jose Mourinho's side have conceded four goals, the best defensive record in the competition. They have had 70 shots on goal and been caught offside 41 times, both more than any other side in the last eight.
    • 19:22 If Real Madrid win tonight, it will be there 200th in the European Cup.
    • 19:19 APOEL have collected 26 yellow cards; more than any other team in the quarter-finals.
    • 19:19 APOEL have had fewer goals (7), shots wide (19), shots on target (21) and corners (23) than any other side still involved. They have suffered 128 fouls, the highest total of the teams in the last eight.
    • 19:18 APOEL are the first Cypriot side to reach the UEFA Champions League knockout stage.
    • 19:17 APOEL have not defeated Spanish opponents in ten attempts, drawing five and losing five. At home they have drawn four with one defeat, 2-1 against RCD Mallorca in the 2003/04 UEFA Cup first round.
    • 19:15 No other team have competed in as many quarter-finals in this competition as Madrid – this is their 29th and they have won all but six.
    • 19:14 Cristiano Ronaldo scored in both games against the London club in Madrid's first quarter-final for seven years, ending a sequence of six successive last-16 eliminations.
    • 19:13 Jose Mourinho has a 100% record in UEFA Champions League quarter-finals having won at this stage with FC Porto (2004), Chelsea FC (2005, 2007), FC Internazionale Milano (2010) and his present club last season, when they beat Tottenham Hotspur FC 4-0 at home and 1-0 away.
    • 19:12 Real Madrid's 4-1 home win in the return leg of their game against CSKA Moscow took their goals tally for the campaign to 24 with only four conceded. In the group they won 1-0 at Dinamo Zagreb, 2-0 at Lyon and 3-0 at AFC Ajax and became only the fifth side to win all six games in a UEFA Champions League group stage.
    • 19:11 The 1-0 victory against Olympique Lyonnais which took their round of 16 tie to a penalty shoot-out made it seven wins and three draws in their last 11 European home games, including 2-1 successes against FC Zenit St Petersburg and FC Porto this season. The only blemish came on matchday six when, with qualification already assured, they went down 2-0 against FC Shakhtar Donetsk.
    • 19:06 Madrid have a near-perfect record in this year's competition, winning seven of the eight games played so far, the only blemish the 1-1 draw at CSKA Moscow in the round of 16 first leg.
    • 19:05 APOEL have won five of their seven home games in this season's competition, which started for them back in the second qualifying round, although they now face a Madrid team who have recorded seven victories in eight outings this season.
    • 19:05 Their status as the first team from Cyprus to reach the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League inspired APOEL FC new heights in the round of 16 and now they seek to do it all over again with nine-time European champions Real Madrid CF standing between them and a place in the semi-finals.
    • 19:04 Now for the teams... APOEL Nicosia: Chiotis, Poursaitides, Marcelo Oliveira, Paulo Jorge, Boaventura, Morais, Pinto, Charalambidis, Trickovski, Alexandrou, Almeida. Subs: Urko, Kaka, Solari, Adorno, Helder Sousa, Solomou, Marcinho /// Real Madrid: Casillas, Arbeloa, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Fabio Coentrao, Khedira, Sahin, Benzema, Ozil, Ronaldo, Higuain. Subs: Adan, Kaka, Granero, Marcelo, Altintop, Albiol, Varane.
    • 19:02 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Champions League last-16 first leg match between APOEL Nicosia and Real Madrid at the GSP-Stadion.
  • Summary

    • 90' GOAL! Ronaldo and Ozil combine to set up Benzema for his second and Madrid's third. Almost identical to the chance he missed in the first half. This time he makes no mistake.
    • 89' CHANCE! Long range effort from Marcelo fizzes just wide of the post.
    • 87' CHANCE Chiotis manages to take the ball off the head of Benzema lurking dangerously.
    • 82' GOAL! Kaka makes it 2-0 to Real Madrid. The two subs combine to extend Madrid's lead. Marcelo beats Paolo Jorge and pulls the ball back for Kaka, who guides the ball into the back of the net.
    • 78' CHANCE! Chiotis races off his line to save at the feet of Benzema.
    • 77' CHANCE! Chiotis spills a shot from Ozil, but APOEL manage to scramble the ball clear.
    • 76' CHANCE! Benzema pulls the ball back for Ronaldo, unmarked in the box, but the Real Madrid attacker is denied by the legs of Chiotis.
    • 74' GOAL! There's the breakthrough. Second half substitute Kaka sends in a brilliant cross from the left and Benzema makes it count with a diving header. It's an away goal for Real Madrid.
    • 70' CHANCE! Benzema fires a shot just wide of the target. Another chance goes begging.
    • 67' CHANCE! Ronaldo, Ozil and Ramos all fail in a bid to break the deadlock. APOEL are defending bravely.
    • 49' CHANCE! Ronaldo cuts inside to create an opening for a shot, but he can only smash the ball into the stands.
    • 47' CHANCE! Benzema smashes the ball over the bar after brilliantly collecting a pass from Sergio Ramos.
    • 44' CHANCE! Ozil pulled the ball back for Ronaldo, who didn't make a great connection and his shot span wide of the target.
    • 33' CHANCE! Incredible miss from Benzema. One of the misses of the season surely? Ronaldo did brilliantly to find Nuri Sahin inside the box and the Turkish midfielder put the ball on a plate for Benzema with the goal gapping, but the Frenchman contrived to miss.
    • 28' CHANCE! Nuri Sahin played Ronaldo into a promising position with a measured pass and the Madrid goal machine stung the hands of Chiotis with a left foot shot.
    • 16' CHANCE! Fabio Coentrao's cross from the left is headed over by Gonzalo Higuain.
    • 14' CHANCE! Fabio Coentrao burst into the box, but lost his composure and miscued his shot wide of the post.
    • 12' CHANCE! Paulo Gomes' headed clearance fell for Mesut Ozil inside the box and the German tested Chiotis with a well executed volley. Goalkeeper did well to get down to this right and beat it away.
    • 9' CHANCE! Karim Benzema cuts in from the left wing and curls a shot into the grateful arms of Dionsis Chiotis.
    • 7' Ronaldo shoots from an outrageous position out wide on the left wing.... And it flies wide of the left hand post.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • APOEL Nicosia

    Manager: Ivan Jovanovic

  • Real Madrid

    Manager: José Mourinho

  • Line-up

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    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      7.4 7
      Defenders
      6.4 6
      Substitution Out13′ 6.2 5
      6.4 6
      6.1 6
      Midfielders
      5.9 6
      Substitution Out72′ 6.3 6
      6.1 6
      Substitution Out45′ 5.8 5
      Strikers
      6.2 7
      6.7 6
      Subs
      Substitution In72′ 6.1 5
      Substitution In13′ 5.8 6
      Substitution In45′ 6.3 6
    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      6.5 6
      Defenders
      5.3 6
      5.1 6
      6.1 6
      Substitution Out64′ 5.4 6
      Midfielders
      5.7 6
      Substitution Out84′ 6.3 7
      Goals ×2 7.2 8
      6.8 7
      6.6 7
      Strikers
      Substitution Out64′ 5.8 6
      Subs
      Substitution In64′ Goal 7.8 8
      Substitution In64′ 7.2 7
      Substitution In84′ 5.8 5

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