UEFA Champions League 2012: Real Madrid v Apoel Nicosia Live

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Apr 4th, 2012
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MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 03: Head coach Jose Mourinho (2nd R) of Real Madrid talks with his assistant Aitor Karanka (R) during a training session ahead of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg match between Real Madrid and APOEL FC at Valdebebas training ground on April 3, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Real Madrid 5 v 2 Apoel Nicosia

The final whistle is blown. (Aggregate: Real Madrid 8-2 APOEL). Madrid go ahead to face FC Bayern München on 17 April in Germany in the semi-final first leg after two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and a consummate display from Kaká guided them to a 5-2 win against a brilliantly spirited APOEL. Share on

Di María (Real Madrid) takes the free-kick.
90 +3Di María (Real Madrid) takes the free-kick.
Satsias (APOEL) is penalised for a foul on Di María (Real Madrid).
90 +3Satsias (APOEL) is penalised for a foul on Di María (Real Madrid).
Pardo (APOEL) makes a save.
90 +2Pardo (APOEL) makes a save.
90 +2Satsias (APOEL) is penalised for a foul on Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid).
Charalambides (APOEL) concedes a free-kick for a foul on Nuri Şahin (Real Madrid).
90 +2Charalambides (APOEL) concedes a free-kick for a foul on Nuri Şahin (Real Madrid).
Paulo Jorge (APOEL) takes the free-kick.

90 Paulo Jorge (APOEL) takes the free-kick.

90José Callejón (Real Madrid) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
Di María (Real Madrid) misses the target.
87Di María (Real Madrid) misses the target. The substitute is after a second and curls just past the top corner.
Casillas (Real Madrid) takes the free-kick.
86Casillas (Real Madrid) takes the free-kick.
Solari (APOEL) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
85Solari (APOEL) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
Assist by Adorno (APOEL)

85 Assist by Adorno (APOEL)

84Di María (Real Madrid) scores! Share on
Great opportunity for Real Madrid.
84Great opportunity for Real Madrid.
Assist by Kaká (Real Madrid)

84 Assist by Kaká (Real Madrid)

82Solari (APOEL) scores from the penalty spot. Share on
Penalty awarded to APOEL!
82Penalty awarded to APOEL!
Big chance for APOEL!
82Big chance for APOEL!
Hamit Altıntop (Real Madrid) is penalised for a foul on Adorno (APOEL).
81Hamit Altıntop (Real Madrid) is penalised for a foul on Adorno (APOEL).
79Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) concedes a free-kick for a foul on Charalambides (APOEL).
Pepe (Real Madrid) takes the free-kick.
79Pepe (Real Madrid) takes the free-kick.
Solari (APOEL) concedes a free-kick for a foul on Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).
79Solari (APOEL) concedes a free-kick for a foul on Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).
Satsias (in) - Hélio Pinto (out) (APOEL).
78Satsias (in) – Hélio Pinto (out) (APOEL). Share on
Kaká (Real Madrid) delivers the corner.

77 Kaká (Real Madrid) delivers the corner.

75Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) scores! Share on
Big chance for Real Madrid!
75Big chance for Real Madrid!
Poursaitides (APOEL) is cautioned by the referee.
75Poursaitides (APOEL) is cautioned by the referee. Share on
Poursaitides (APOEL) is penalised for a foul on Kaká (Real Madrid).

75 Poursaitides (APOEL) is penalised for a foul on Kaká (Real Madrid).

73Raúl Albiol (Real Madrid) is penalised for handball.
Charalambides (APOEL) delivers the corner.
72Charalambides (APOEL) delivers the corner.
Corner awarded to APOEL.
72Corner awarded to APOEL.
Casillas (Real Madrid) makes a save.
72Casillas (Real Madrid) makes a save.
Charalambides (APOEL) has an attempt on goal.

72 Charalambides (APOEL) has an attempt on goal.

68Adorno (in) – Manduca (out) (APOEL). Share on
Manduca (APOEL) scores!
67Manduca (APOEL) scores! Share on
Big chance for APOEL!
67Big chance for APOEL!
Assist by Aílton (APOEL)

66 Assist by Aílton (APOEL)

62Corner awarded to APOEL.
Charalambides (APOEL) delivers the corner.

62 Charalambides (APOEL) delivers the corner.

59Hamit Altıntop (Real Madrid) misses the target.
Nuri Şahin (Real Madrid) takes the free-kick.
57Nuri Şahin (Real Madrid) takes the free-kick.
Hélio Pinto (APOEL) concedes a free-kick for a foul on Granero (Real Madrid).

57 Hélio Pinto (APOEL) concedes a free-kick for a foul on Granero (Real Madrid).

55Charalambides (APOEL) misses the target.
Di María (in) - Higuaín (out) (Real Madrid).

55 Di María (in) – Higuaín (out) (Real Madrid). The Argentinian forward is replaced by his fellow countryman which could see a shift in formation, with Cristiano Ronaldo moving to a more central position in attack.

51Casillas (Real Madrid) takes the free-kick.
Marcinho (APOEL) concedes a free-kick for a foul on Pepe (Real Madrid).
51Marcinho (APOEL) concedes a free-kick for a foul on Pepe (Real Madrid).
Kaká (Real Madrid) misses the target.
50Kaká (Real Madrid) misses the target. The Brazilian shoots from a similar position to where he scored in the first period, but results differ this time. The ball skids along the surface and wide of the near post.
Pardo (APOEL) makes a save.
49Pardo (APOEL) makes a save.
Granero (Real Madrid) has an effort on goal.
49Granero (Real Madrid) has an effort on goal. The midfielder fired a long way off target in the first half. This time he goes closer with an effort from 25 metres but is too close to Urko Pardo who gathers comfortably.
Charalambides (APOEL) takes the free-kick.
47Charalambides (APOEL) takes the free-kick.
Kaká (Real Madrid) concedes a free-kick for a foul on Manduca (APOEL).
47Kaká (Real Madrid) concedes a free-kick for a foul on Manduca (APOEL).
José Callejón (in) - Marcelo (out) (Real Madrid).

46 José Callejón (in) – Marcelo (out) (Real Madrid).

45 +1Corner awarded to APOEL.
Varane (Real Madrid) misses the target.

44 Varane (Real Madrid) misses the target. The defender tries an effort from nearly 35 metres out but the ball never has the power to trouble the goalkeeper and drifts off target.

Varane (Real Madrid) misses the target.
44Varane (Real Madrid) misses the target.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid CF) Cristiano Ronaldo steers the ball into the net at the back post for the opener.
Big chance for Real Madrid!
41Big chance for Real Madrid!
Kaká (Real Madrid) hits the woodwork.
41Kaká (Real Madrid) hits the woodwork. A fluid move down the left gives the Brazilian another chance from the edge of the box. This time he is slightly less accurate and cracks his curling shot on to the base of the post.
Hamit Altıntop (Real Madrid) takes the free-kick.
39Hamit Altıntop (Real Madrid) takes the free-kick.
Marcinho (APOEL) concedes a free-kick for a foul on Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).
38Marcinho (APOEL) concedes a free-kick for a foul on Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).

37 Kaká (Real Madrid) scores!

Kaká (Real Madrid) misses the target.
34Kaká (Real Madrid) misses the target. The Brazilian cuts in from the left on to his right foot and drills a drive just over the bar from the edge of the area.
Sergio Ramos is receiving treatment after landing awkwardly on his ankle. That could be the end of his evening as it looks serious.
Casillas (Real Madrid) makes a save.
30Casillas (Real Madrid) makes a save.
Hélio Pinto (APOEL) has an attempt on goal.
30Hélio Pinto (APOEL) has an attempt on goal.
Granero (Real Madrid) misses the target.
28Granero (Real Madrid) misses the target. The midfielder gets a bit too ambitious as he finds himself 30 metres out with the ball at his feet. He attempts to curl into the top corner but can only send the ball high into the stands.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) scores!
26Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) scores! He headed over moments ago but could not miss this one. Marcelo crosses low from the left and Gonzalo Higuaín flicks the ball on to the forward who is waiting at the back post to tap past a helpless Urko Pardo.
Corner awarded to Real Madrid.
26Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) scores! He headed over moments ago but could not miss this one. Marcelo crosses low from the left and Gonzalo Higuaín flicks the ball on to the forward who is waiting at the back post to tap past a helpless Urko Pardo. Share on
Great opportunity for Real Madrid.
26Great opportunity for Real Madrid.
Assist by Marcelo (Real Madrid)
26Assist by Marcelo (Real Madrid)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) misses the target.
25Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) misses the target. Nuri Şahin sends the free-kick in from the left and the Portuguese forward is up above the defence but his header is just over as he searches for his seventh goal of the tournament.
Nuri Şahin (Real Madrid) takes the free-kick.
25Nuri Şahin (Real Madrid) takes the free-kick.
Poursaitides (APOEL) concedes a free-kick for a foul on Higuaín (Real Madrid).
25Poursaitides (APOEL) concedes a free-kick for a foul on Higuaín (Real Madrid).
Kaká (APOEL) takes the free-kick.
24Kaká (APOEL) takes the free-kick.
Nuri Şahin (Real Madrid) is penalised for a foul on Hélio Pinto (APOEL).
24Nuri Şahin (Real Madrid) is penalised for a foul on Hélio Pinto (APOEL).
Marcelo drills a cross in from the left into the crowded area. Paulo Jorge gets his head in the way and gets it clear, but the pressure is building once again.
Corner awarded to Real Madrid.
23Corner awarded to Real Madrid.
Kaká (Real Madrid) takes the corner.
23Kaká (Real Madrid) takes the corner.
A brief flurry of attacking intent from APOEL almost sees Aílton go through. A clearance seems to send the forward clear but Sergio Ramos uses his pace to get back and puts in an excellent tackle in his own area.
Kaká (Real Madrid) takes the corner.
20Kaká (Real Madrid) takes the corner.
Corner awarded to Real Madrid.
20Corner awarded to Real Madrid.
It is all Madrid but they are having difficulties carving out the final opening at the moment. Esteban Granero this times curls the ball into the box but it is well over hit and drifts to safety for APOEL.
Varane (Real Madrid) takes the free-kick.
19Varane (Real Madrid) takes the free-kick.
Aílton (APOEL) is penalised for a foul on Pepe (Real Madrid).
19Aílton (APOEL) is penalised for a foul on Pepe (Real Madrid).
William Boaventura (APOEL) takes the free-kick.
17William Boaventura (APOEL) takes the free-kick.
Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) is flagged for offside.

17 Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) is flagged for offside.

17Corner awarded to Real Madrid.
After 15 minutes Madrid have had a remarkable 78% possession. It seems just a matter of time before the home side break through.
Pardo (APOEL) takes the free-kick.
13Pardo (APOEL) takes the free-kick.
Higuaín (Real Madrid) concedes a free-kick for a foul on Kaká (APOEL).
13Higuaín (Real Madrid) concedes a free-kick for a foul on Kaká (APOEL).
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) misses the target.
12Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) misses the target. Kaká plays the ball into the forward on the edge of the box who turns on to his right side and shoots but the effort is a long way over the bar.
Nuri Şahin (Real Madrid) has a shot blocked.
10Nuri Şahin (Real Madrid) has a shot blocked.
Hamit Altıntop (Real Madrid) has a shot blocked.
9Hamit Altıntop (Real Madrid) has a shot blocked. Cristiano Ronaldo crosses from the left with a deep ball and the Turkish international volleys towards goal but the defence scrambles across and just blocks the effort.
Pardo (APOEL) takes the free-kick.
8Pardo (APOEL) takes the free-kick.
Varane (Real Madrid) is penalised for a foul on Pardo (APOEL).
8Varane (Real Madrid) is penalised for a foul on Pardo (APOEL).
Nuri Şahin (Real Madrid) takes the corner.
8Nuri Şahin (Real Madrid) takes the corner. Sergio Ramos gets up well down the right and his cross is deflected behind.
Corner awarded to Real Madrid.
8Corner awarded to Real Madrid.
Poursaitides (APOEL) takes the free-kick.
6Poursaitides (APOEL) takes the free-kick.
Kaká (Real Madrid) is penalised for a foul on Charalambides (APOEL).
6Kaká (Real Madrid) is penalised for a foul on Charalambides (APOEL).
Kaká (Real Madrid) delivers the corner.
5Kaká (Real Madrid) delivers the corner.
Corner awarded to Real Madrid.
5Corner awarded to Real Madrid.
Pardo (APOEL) makes a save.
5Pardo (APOEL) makes a save.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) has an effort on goal.
5Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) has an effort on goal. Kaká crosses from the right but the defence again fails to deal sufficiently with the danger. The clearance is blocked by the Brazilian and falls straight to the forward but Urko Pardo rushes out to block well.
Nuri Şahin (Real Madrid) takes the free-kick.
4Nuri Şahin (Real Madrid) takes the free-kick.
Nuno Morais (APOEL) is penalised for a foul on Nuri Şahin (Real Madrid).
4Nuno Morais (APOEL) is penalised for a foul on Nuri Şahin (Real Madrid).
Higuaín (Real Madrid) misses the target.
2Higuaín (Real Madrid) misses the target. An early chance falls to the Argentinian, but he can only head wide after Cristiano Ronaldo’s cross from the left is not cleared by APOEL.
The match is under way.

The match is under way. It will take a miracle for APOEL to progress this evening, but they will no doubt give it their all. Madrid meanwhile will already have half an eye on that semi-final place against FC Bayern München.

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