Champions League

Real Madrid cruise into semis

2012-04-04 22:56
Cristiano Ronaldo (AP)

Madrid - Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid enjoyed one of their most comfortable passages into the Champions League semi-finals with a 5-2 victory over APOEL Nicosia on Wednesday, progressing 8-2 on aggregate.

Ronaldo and Kaka, two of the world's most expensive players, scored before the break, the second from the Brazilian a wonderful curling effort from outside the area.

Gustavo Manduca had the noisy travelling support in full song after he broke away to pull one back for APOEL in the 67th minute, but Ronaldo with a freekick and Jose Callejon quickly restored order at the Bernabeu.

Esteban Solari netted a penalty for the visitors but Angel Di Maria immediately lobbed a fifth for Real who eased into a semi-final meeting with Bayern Munich.

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