Real Madrid 3 Olympique Lyon 0
Real Madrid eased into the
Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in seven
seasons when Marcelo, Karim Benzema and Angel Di Maria scored in
a 3-0 demolition of Olympique Lyon on Wednesday.
Victory at a packed and rowdy Bernabeu put the record
nine-times winners through 4-1 on aggregate after the teams drew
1-1 in last month’s first leg in France.
Marcelo struck first on 37 minutes when he dashed in from
left, exchanged passes with Cristiano Ronaldo and beat two
defenders before firing in off goalkeeper Hugo Lloris’s arm.
France international Benzema, a former Lyon player who
scored Real’s goal in the first leg, doubled Real’s lead in the
66th when he raced clear and sent a low shot through the
keeper’s legs and Di Maria put the tie beyond the Ligue 1 club’s
reach with another breakaway goal 14 minutes from time.
Real, whose last Champions League title came in 2002, had
failed to beat Lyon in seven previous meetings in Europe and
were knocked out of the competition by them at the same stage
The French side brought on Bafetimbi Gomis, scorer of their
goal in the first leg, at the break but the 2010 semi-finalists
scarcely came close to beating Real keeper Iker Casillas.
Their best effort came in the 22nd minute when Cesar Delgado
curled a low shot from the edge of the penalty area, forcing
Casillas to save low to his left.
A smooth passage through to the last eight will be seen as a
personal triumph for Real coach Jose Mourinho, who was hired
after leading Inter Milan to a treble of Italian league and cup
and Champions League last term.
The draw for the quarter-finals is on Friday.