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Cristiano Ronaldo continues incredible Champions League goal run with double in Real Madrid win

Match Summary

Real Madrid 3 - 0 APOEL Nicosia
Champions League13/09/2017 19:45
Referee: Benoit Bastien|Venue: Santiago Bernabéu|Attendance: 71,060
  • Cristiano Ronaldo12'
  • Cristiano Ronaldo51'
  • Sergio Ramos61'

    An imperious Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice on his first competitive start of the season as Real Madrid beat APOEL Nicosia 3-0 on Wednesday to get their quest for a third successive Champions League crown off on the right note.

    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.

    The Portuguese struck the underside of the crossbar early in the second half then moments later hit his 109th Champions League goal by powering home from the spot after APOEL's Spanish defender Roberto Lago was harshly penalised for handball.

    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.

    Ramos also scored for Real Madrid in a comfortable win
    Ramos also scored for Real Madrid in a comfortable win CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES EUROPE

    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.

    Elsewhere, Shakhtar Donetsk stunned Serie A's Napoli with goals either side of half-time to win 2-1 in their Champions League Group F match on Wednesday.

    Brazil's Taison put the Ukrainian champions up 1-0 on the quarter-hour mark by controlling a backheel flick by Facundo Ferreyra on the edge of the box before beating goalkeeper Pepe Reina with a low drive.

    In the 58th minute Reina misread a curling cross by Taras Stepanenko from the left that connected with Ferreyra, who tapped in the ball for Shakhtar's second goal.

    Napoli failed to capitalise on their chances after Polish striker Arkadiusz Milik scored in the 72nd minute from a penalty awarded for a foul on Dries Mertens.

    How the night unfolded:

     

    Full time: Porto 1-3 Besiktas

    The final whistle blows at Estádio do Dragão.

    Average touch positions (full time)

    Average touch positions (full time)

    Full time: RB Leipzig 1-1 Monaco

    It's all over at Red Bull Arena.

    Full time: Shakhtar 2-1 Napoli

    The final whistle blows at Metalist Stadium.

    Full time: Madrid 3-0 APOEL Nicosia

    The referee has seen enough at Santiago Bernabéu and blows the final whistle.

    Average touch positions (full time)

    Average touch positions (full time)

    Full time: Maribor 1-1 Spartak Moscow

    The final whistle blows at Ljudski vrt.

    Average touch positions (full time)

    Full time: Feyenoord 0-4 Man City

    The final whistle blows at De Kuip.

    Average touch positions (full time)

    GOAL!

    A goal from Ryan Babel for Besiktas makes the score 1-3.

    GOAL!

    Damjan Bohar pops up with a late equaliser for Maribor - it's 1-1.

    GOAL!

    Just one goal in it now - Napoli halve the deficit thanks to a goal from Arkadiusz Milik.

    GOAL!

    A goal from John Stones for Man City makes the score 0-4.

    GOAL!

    Sergio Ramos has put Madrid into a commanding 3-0 lead.

    GOAL!

    Aleksandr Samedov finally gets the breakthrough for Spartak Moscow - it's 0-1.

    GOAL!

    Facundo Ferreyra adds a second for Shakhtar - it's now 2-0!

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